In the course of my twenty-five year legal career, I have visited 47 of the 50 states. I have had cases from as far west as Hawaii and as far east as Boston. I have the unique ability to communicate effectively with all kinds of people from all walks of life and solve legal problems in creative and efficient ways.
In 2017, Expertise, a national ranking company, reviewed 150 Employment Lawyers in the Washington, DC Metro area and selected my firm for an award as a top 16 Employment Lawyer. I have won this award four more times between 2018-2021. I have offices in New York City and Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside of DC. I have won Appeals in seven different Appeals Courts. In 2020, I was selected to be in 2020 Top 100 Attorneys Magazine.
I will fight wherever and no matter how long I have to on behalf of my clients. I have litigated cases in New York, Massachusetts, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Texas, and Mississippi, where I and local counsel obtained a successful $870,000.00 federal jury verdict. In 2012, I won a case against the Secret Service (Department of Homeland Security) for a federal employee; a case that had been previously litigated for 19 years, winning a total of $458,000. We currently represent clients as far west as Hawaii and as far east as Boston. I am admitted to practice law in two states, the District of Columbia and 15 Federal Courts. I have won appeals in nine different Appeals Courts.
Our law firm has also garnered national media attention. In Hayes v. Napolitano, Civil Action No. 12-825 (ABJ) (2012), I represented New York City, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Chief against DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's Chief of Staff. in a sexual harassment case which was covered by NBC, CNN, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. The case resulted in the Chief of Staff resigning and a $175,000 settlement without Mr. Hayes being forced to resign.
In Keegan v. Social Security Administration, MSPB No. PH-1221-15-0121-W-1, I represented my client Michael Keegan before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Mr. Keegan’s testimony pertained to the Social Security Administration misleading Congress as to the need for $500,000,000 to replace the National Computer Center, when no such outlay was needed and the actual building was never replaced. The case made national news as well.
In another national case, Taylor Johnson v. Department of Homeland Security, M.S.P.B, Case No: SF-0752-16-0320-I-1, we represented Senior Immigration and Enforcement Agent, Taylor Johnson, who reported extensive abuse of the EB-5, USCIS Immigrant Investor Program regarding the refurbishing of a Las Vegas casino, headed by an investor group, represented by Rory Reid, Esq., son of U.S. Senate Minority leader, Harry Reid (D-NV). Ms. Johnson testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding her whistle blower matter. The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.
We also represent businesses in employment and business litigation. I have won jury trials both representing the employee and the employer. Between 2015 and February 2020, I represented Ergo Solutions, Inc., against two former employees who asserted sexual harassment and retaliation claims. After years of litigation, we obtained two DEFENDANT'S VERDICTS, in 2018 and 2019 respectively. I was also successful in getting a class action suit dismissed against my client. I am thankful to Ergo for selecting my law firm to represent them in this matter.
Having worked on employment law cases from both the employer and employee end, provides me with a unique ability to understand how each of the sides develops its case strategy. We take the time to listen to our clients, understand their frustrations and help them from a legal and financial perspective.
In August, 2019, I won a major appeal in Mount v. DHS, 18-1762, a ground breaking decision in which The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held for the first time that a Federal whistleblower exhausts his perceived whistleblower claims before the Office of Special Counsel if he includes sufficient factual basis to enable the agency to investigate. This opinion effectively makes it more difficult for MSPB Administrative Judges to dismiss perceived whistleblower claims.
Actively involved in the legal community, I am a member of both the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, serving on the Judicial Nominations Committee and a member of the New York Employment Lawyers Association where I serve on the Solo Practice Committee. I have testified before the Maryland House of Delegates, House Ways and Means Committee on the Maryland Civil Rights Tax Relief Act (CRTRA), with the aim to prevent the taxation of non-economic damages in the employment law settlements and awards. That testimony helped produce legislation exempting pain and suffering damages in employment cases from state tax.
In addition to employment litigation, my law office has reviewed, drafted and negotiated hundreds of employment contracts as well as many high dollar sales commission agreements, separation agreements, employee handbooks and offer letters. We provide clients the necessary confidence to navigate the challenging waters of job change and solid advice to companies as to avoiding legal pitfalls when unfortunately they have to dismiss employees. Currently, I am involved in the small business ecosystem, as a partner and vendor to tech start-ups.
Licensed in the following states:
• Maryland (2001)
• New York (1996)
• Washington, DC (2003)
Admitted to Practice in these following Federal Courts:
The Supreme Court of the United States; The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Armed Services; The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; The United States Court of Federal Claims; The United States District Court, District of Maryland; The United States District Court, District of Columbia; The United States District Court, Southern District of New York; The United States District Court, Eastern District of New York; and The United States District Court, District of Colorado
I have also published several books, including, Maximize Your Employment Lawsuit With My Top Secrets, which guides enabling clients to maximize the attorney-client relationship to give their cases the best chance of winning.
Tough, aggressive and vigorous litigation are the qualities I utilize on a daily basis to fight and achieve justice for my clients.
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2013.
Reprimand issued in MD, 2013
updated on 12/09/2014
Reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.
Morris's comment: “This was an out of court reprimand to which I consented. New York's Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District determined there was no breach of the Rules of Professional Conduct.”