James Morris has accepted a position with Plaintiff’s powerhouse Weitz and Luxenberg in Los Angeles. Mr. Morris and his family have moved to Los Angeles. He will continue to represent plaintiffs nationally in cases involving defective drugs and devices as well as toxic torts. Should you need the services of James Morris, he remains available and can be contacted here.
James A. Morris, Jr. was the owner and managing attorney for Morris Law Firm in Austin, TX. Before establishing Morris Law Firm, he was the managing attorney of the Brent Coon and Associates Austin branch and an equity partner in the Provost & Umphrey Firm of Beaumont, Texas. A second-generation trial lawyer with numerous trials, mediations, and arbitrations to his credit, Morris is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and was named to the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011 Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Magazine.
In 2008, Jim obtained the first Plaintiff's jury verdict in the MDL court against Wyeth and Pharmacia for breast cancer caused by the Plaintiff's use of Prempro. In 2007, Jim obtained the first verdict against Pharmacia court HRT litigation when a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania jury found in favor of Jim's client after she used their drug Provera and developed breast cancer. In 2004, Jim obtained three straight verdicts against Wyeth in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in the Fen-Phen litigation. In 2003, Jim obtained the first Fen-Phen intermediate opt-out award when a Beaumont, Texas jury found that the Plaintiff's heart damage was caused by the drug Fen-Phen. In 1998, Jim obtained the first jury verdict against PPG Industries in asbestos litigation when a jury in Beaumont, Texas found in favor of 7 families whose loved ones developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, in a consolidated case tried by Jim and Motley Rice.
He has tried numerous cases involving personal injuries in state and federal courts. He participated in the discovery of the State of Texas v. The American Tobacco Industry. Morris has successfully handled products liability cases involving hormone replacement therapy, Fen-Phen, Baycol, Ephedra, PPA, and Propulsid. Over the years, he has successfully handled a number of labor and employment matters including arbitrations, contract negotiations, and Title VII matters on behalf of employees and various labor unions.
Following the Sonnier verdict, Judge James Mehaffy summed up Morris' talent in the courtroom in a handwritten note to Walter Umphrey, "He is cool, articulate, and very persuasive- if any one person has made the difference in this case, it's Jim Morris."