Mark O. Morris

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Biography

Mark Morris has a diverse practice, with over 30 years’ experience in general commercial litigation, including litigation in the areas of construction law, real estate, securities, legal malpractice, employment, professional liability, trade secrets, general business disputes and defense of class action matters. Mark seeks efficient, amicable and reasonable resolutions to his clients’ problems, including informal and formal negotiation and mediation before and after a case is commenced. Failing agreed resolutions satisfactory to his clients, Mark has tried over 65 cases to arbitrators, judges and juries in Utah and other states.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• 'Brain Damage' in Contract Negotiations Saves Real Damage to Bottom Line, Author, Utah Construction & Design (July 2018)
• My Strangest Day In Court: When I Did Nothing And Won, Author, Law360 (June 15, 2017)
• What Utah Employers Need to Know About H.B. 251: Post-Employment Restrictions Act, Co-Author, ABA Employment and Labor Relations Committee (March 30, 2016)
• The Status of Lien Waivers in Utah Remains Cloudy, Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (January 16, 2015)
• Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards in the United Arab Emirates, Co-Author, Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 81, No. 3, pp. 279-287 (July 2014)
• Unintended Third-Party Beneficiaries Created Through Flow Down Clauses in Subcontracts, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Under Construction (December 5, 2013)
• Utah Court of Appeals to Lenders Relying Upon Their Own Boilerplate Lien Release Language in Form Draw Requests: Use the Legislature’s Form and Elements, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (October 5, 2012)
• Health Care Reform: An Overview of Important Changes to Employee Health Care Benefits, Co-Presenter, Meeting of American Counsel of Engineering Companies, Park City, Utah (September 15, 2010)
• The New Normal: Thirteen Realities and Issues that Lenders are Considering, and Borrowers Should Now Consider in Connection With Construction Financing, Co-Presenter, ABA Forum Owners & Lenders Division (Division 12) (August 11, 2010)
• Legislative Corralling of Construction Defect Litigation, Home Builder's Right to Cure Statutes, IADC Mid-Year Meeting (February 2008)
• Utah Courts Will Likely Enforce Pay-If-Paid/Pay-When-Paid Clauses, Utah Under Construction Newsletter (March 2007)
• A Case for National E-Mail Regulation: State UCE Statutes Have Infirmities, Co-Author, Defense Counsel Journal (July 2003)
• The Erosion of the Parol Evidence Rule: More Holes in the Dike, Defense Counsel Journal (April 2000)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Employment Law - Individuals, Labor & Employment Litigation, Real Estate Litigation (2009-2019)
•Salt Lake City Lawyer of the Year, Real Estate Litigation (2013)
•Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial (2017-2018)
•Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star - Utah, General Commercial, Labor and Employment, Securities (2016-2018)
•Mountain States Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2007, 2012-2018)
•Lawdragon Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
•Super Lawyers, Business Litigation - Corporate Counsel Edition (2008)
•Utah's Legal Elite: Employment and Business Litigation (2013 & prior years), Civil Litigation (2013-2019), Utah Business Magazine

Community Involvement

•University of Utah Hospital Foundation, Board Member (2011-2017)
•Utah Children, Board Member (1987-1995)

Related News & Events

Aug 15
139 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Fields by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Eleven Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year

Jun 11
Mountain States Super Lawyers 2018 Recognizes 21 Utah Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

May 03
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 46 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Feb 01
Utah Legal Elite Recognizes 23 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Oct 10
Snell & Wilmer and its Attorneys Recognized in the 2018 Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lists 133 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Jun 12
Mountain States Super Lawyers 2017 Recognizes 21 Utah Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

May 31
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 43 Attorneys

May 23
Utah State Bar Elects Snell & Wilmer Partner Mark O. Morris to Board of Bar Commissioners

Feb 01
Utah Legal Elite Recognizes 27 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Oct 05
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2017 Rankings

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lists 125 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers As Leaders In Their Field In addition, 15 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”

Jun 13
Mountain States Super Lawyers 2016 Recognizes 43 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Mar 18
Utah Legal Elite Recognizes 23 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Oct 12
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2016 Rankings

Aug 17
The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lists 128 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in their Field In addition, 19 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year”

Jun 12
Mountain States Super Lawyers 2015 Recognizes 42 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Feb 12
25 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to 2015 Utah Legal Elite

Aug 18
The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 19
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 12
Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 96 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 45 Firm Attorneys to the 2013 Rising Stars List

Feb 22
17 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to 2013 Utah Legal Elite

Dec 13
Snell & Wilmer Attorney Mark Morris Elected Chair-Elect of Utah State Bar Construction Section

Sep 18
Best Lawyers in America Names 18 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Lawyers of the Year

Sep 04
The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jan 05
15 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to 2012 Utah Legal Elite

Sep 06
The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 99 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 29
Snell & Wilmer Congratulates its 99 Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011

Oct 21
Ninety-Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2011

Aug 01
Ninety-Eight Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2010

Related Publications

Sep 25
Under Construction - Fall 2018

Jun 05
Under Construction - June 2017

Mar 28
Legal Alert - What Utah Employers Need to Know About H.B. 251: Post-Employment Restrictions Act

Dec 02
Under Construction - December 2015

Jun 10
Under Construction - June 2015

Feb 12
Workplace Word - Since When Am I the Boss? Ever Expanding Attacks on Non-Traditional Employers

Jan 16
Legal Alert - The Status of Lien Waivers in Utah Remains Cloudy

Aug 21
Workplace Word - EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidelines Expand Employers’ Obligations Toward Pregnant Employees

Jun 03
Workplace Word - Ninth Circuit Creates Wrinkle in the Way Employers Designate Family and Medical Leave

Mar 19
Under Construction - March 2014

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Appeals and Critical Motions
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Foreclosure and Collection
  • Infrastructure Development and Project Finance
  • Labor and Employment
  • Professional Licensure
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation and Logistics

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
801.257.1904  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
Columbia University, B.A., English, 1982
Law School Attended:
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Barristers, 1985
Year of First Admission:
1985
Admission:
Supreme Court of Idaho; United States District Court, District of Idaho; Idaho; Utah; Supreme Court of Utah; United States District Court, District of Utah; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:

Professional Memberships and Activities

•State Bar of Utah
•Board of Bar Commissioners, 3rd Division (July 2017- July 2020)
•Construction Section, Chair (2014)
•Utah State Bar Annual Meeting, Co-Chair (2012)
•American Bar Association
•Salt Lake County Bar Association
•International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
•Utah State Committee Chair (2017-2020)
•Construction Law and Litigation Section, Vice Chair of Programs and Projects (2011-2015)
•ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
•Center for Public Resources (CPR)
•Regional Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
•New York Stock Exchange Department of Arbitration
•Panel of Neutrals
•Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•Brigham Young University Law School Alumni Association, President (1997-1999)
•Brigham Young University Law School, Advisory Board Member (2005-present)

Languages:
Finnish
Birth Information:
Burbank, California, 1957
Reported Cases:
Representative Experience: General Commercial Litigation: Mark has general experience in complex contract disputes of all kinds, professional liability, and business torts including many covered by federal and state statutory schemes. These have included very complex cases, including a recently resolved case involving a nearly nine-figure damage claim. He has been lead counsel for class action defendants in Utah, Arizona, and Illinois, in cases involving complex federal statutory schemes, including consumer protection cases against lending and financial institutions. Mark has been lead counsel in cases litigated in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, New York, and Utah. He has briefed and argued appeals to the Utah Court of Appeals, the Utah Supreme Court, the Florida Court of Appeals, and to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits.; Construction Law: His practice includes representation of owners, design professionals, financial institutions, sureties, and contractors on private and public projects in contract drafting and negotiation, bid protests, claims analysis and resolution, surety claims, mechanics lien litigation, construction defect claims, resolution of claims in bankruptcy court, contract and claims litigation, and design professional liability issues. Mark recently resolved a nine-figure damage claim concerning a substantial highway construction project.; Real Estate Litigation: Mark is experienced in easement and right-of-way litigation, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, purchase/sale agreements, quiet title actions, state and federal just compensation and inverse condemnation actions, public lands and natural resources, foreclosure in and out of bankruptcy proceedings, and contract and commission disputes.; Employment Law: Mark represents employers in contractual, statutory, and tortious conduct claims arising from employment relationships, including enforcement of non-compete and trade secret covenants, and defense of Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, ERISA, and other federal and state statutory schemes. Mark recently represented an employer in a three and a half week, multi-million dollar federal jury trial in a matter regarding restrictive covenants.; Securities Litigation: Mark served for many years as a member of Utah's Panel of Neutrals for the New York Stock Exchange Department of Arbitration, one of the predecessors to FINRA. During his career, he has litigated securities cases in both state and federal courts of Utah.; Professional Liability: Mark has defended lawyers against legal malpractice claims for over 20 years. His clients have included lawyers in Utah and Idaho.
ISLN:
902358674

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