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Robert Smith Morris

Robert Smith Morris

Practice areas:

Probate, Estate Planning, Guardianship

About Me

With more than 30 years of experience, Robert S. Morris practices Elder Law, Business and Real Estate Litigation, Appeals, Probate, Guardianships and Mediation. As a litigator, Mr. Morris has represented business and government in both state and federal court and is regularly involved in Business and Real Estate Litigation.


 


As a probate lawyer, Mr. Morris regularly handles probate and guardianship matters in Denton, Collin, Dallas and Tarrant counties. As an appellate lawyer, Mr. Morris has represented clients in appeals and mandamus actions in the Texas Supreme Court; in the Courts of Appeals at Dallas, Ft. Worth, Tyler, Waco and Eastland; in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit at New Orleans; and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Additionally, Mr. Morris is a Mediator, and brings his 30 years of litigation experience to help parties resolve their differences by settlement of a lawsuit. Mr. Morris has experience in mediating matters such as:


 



  • Deceptive Trade Practices

  • Probate Disputes

  • Breach of Contract

  • Employee/Employer Relations

  • Real Estate Litigation

  • Title Disputes

  • Fraud in the Inducement

  • Real Estate Fraud

  • Condemnation – Direct and Inverse

  • Declaratory Judgment Actions

  • Sequestrations, Temporary Restraining Orders, Garnishment, Temporary Injunctions and Attachments

  • Fiduciary Litigation

  • Arbitration/Mediation


 


Mr. Morris began his career in private practice in Austin, Texas for four years before being appointed County Attorney for Martin County, Texas. He performed both jobs simultaneously.


 


In 1983, Mr. Morris was elected by his fellow prosecutors as a member of the board of directors of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, a position he held from 1983-1985.


 


In 1986, Mr. Morris accepted an appointment as First Assistant District Attorney for the 118th Judicial District. As First Assistant DA, Mr. Morris prosecuted governmental corruption, obtaining a conviction against a county employee on over 20 counts of misapplication of fiduciary property. He also handled appeals for the DA’s office, with no conviction ever being reversed.


 


In 1987, Mr. Morris joined the Criminal District Attorney’s Office in Denton, where his job was to represent Denton County in civil matters. He represented the County in employment and contract matters, and defended the County from prisoner lawsuits in both state and federal court.


 


In 1992, Mr. Morris left the DA’s office and went back to private practice where he has been active in civil litigation in both state and federal court.


 


Areas of Practice:



  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

  • Probate, Guardianships and Estate Administration

  • Elder Law

  • Business and Commercial Law

  • Civil Appeals

  • Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Civil Litigation


 


Memberships:



  • Mediator

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)


 


Representative Cases:




  • Reitmeyer v. Charm Craft Publisher, 619 S.W.2d. 441 (Tex. Civ. App.-Waco 1981)


  • Downey v. Denton County, Texas, 119 F.3rd 381 (U.S. Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit 1997)


  • Gaskill v. Sneaky Enterprises, Inc, 997 S.W.2d 296 (Tex. App.-Ft. Worth 1999)


  • Foley v. Perlier, 68 S.W. 3rd 870 (Tex. App- FT. Worth 2002)


  • Meyer v. WMCO-GP, LLC, 211 S.W.3rd 302 (Tex. 2006)


  • McCrary v. Office of Personnel Management, 459 F.3rd 1344 (US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2006)


 


Bar Admissions:



  • Texas, 1977

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


 


Education:


J.D. from University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas


B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Probate: 34%
    28 years, 125 cases
  2. Guardianship: 33%
    28 years, 50 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 33%
    28 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-400/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Gilland Alva Chenault

    I am a probate litigation attorney in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. I have had several contested probate and guardianship matters in which Mr. Morris represented the opposing party. I appreciate his experience and his professionalism. His clients are well represented.

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    Gilland Chenault Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Mr. Morris is a very knowledgeable attorney with many years of experience in all areas of the law. He is a great legal mind.

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    Mandy McGee Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Hammerle, Finley & Scroggins

2871 Lake Vista Dr.
#150
Lewisville, TX, 75067-6314

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197708/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Life FellowTexas Bar Foundation2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyHammerle Finley Law Firm1994 - Present
Civil Attorney for Denton CountyDenton County Criminal District Attorneys Office1987 - 1992
First Assistant District Attorney118th Judicial District1986 - 1987

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
WealthCounselMember2005 - Present
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysMember1999 - Present
U.S. District Court Eastern District of TexasMember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court Northern District of TexasMember1995 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th CircuitMember1995 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitMember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court Western District of TexasMember1994 - Present
U.S. District Court Southern District of TexasMember1991 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsMember1988 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1977 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
McCrary v. Office of Personnel ManagementA win and it established the rule that the government was obligated to give accurate information to retiring employees regarding the choice to purchase credit for military service.
Meyer v. WMCO-GP, LLCA Win. Texas Supreme Court ruled that we could compel arbitration where the claim was based in part on a contract with an arbitration clause, even if the claimant had not agreed to arbitration.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Dallas Morning NewsMarital Property Agreements2013

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Johns Hopkins UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Texas Seniors ExpoSeven Documents You Can't Live Without2013
Lewisville AARPSeven Documents You Can't Live Without2013