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Paul Morris

Appeals Attorney at Miami, FL

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1975
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Mr. Morris specializes in state and federal civil and criminal appeals and trial support and has briefed and argued hundreds of civil and criminal appeals in state and federal appellate courts including the Supreme Court of the United States, Supreme Court of Florida, all of the District Courts of Appeal of Florida, and United States Circuit Courts of Appeal.

  2. Litigation
    Litigation support provided by expert appellate counsel including but not limited to motions, memoranda of law, jury instructions, research.

Paul Morris has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and the South Florida Legal Guide of Top Lawyers and Law Firms in South Florida. Mr. Morris authors "Appellate Tips" for the Dade County Bar Bulletin and articles for the Florida Bar Journal and the University of Miami Law Review. He has taught at the University of Miami School of Law and continually lectures at legal education seminars.

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Law Office of Paul Morris, P.A.
7385 SW 87th Avenue, Suite 400
Miami, FL, 33173


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Posted by Nancy | May 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
with appreciation and thanks to Paul
I came to have the greatest respect and regard for Paul over the course of my son’s case. He was extremely thorough and professional as he crafted his arguments for the court, paying great attention to details and concise language that would be particularly compelling and difficult to refute. I appreciated his integrity and compassion as he patiently explained why arguments that seemed so important to me as a layperson, were not as important as those that addressed the legal ramifications of the case, and kindly but firmly continued to develop his effective arguments that convinced the judges. He gained my trust, which had been shattered by our experience up until that point, and I’m grateful every day for his expertise. That Paul had argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, and convinced them to overrule their own opinion, was important in helping me stay strong, when nothing really made sense to me. He also was easy to access directly. He communicated clearly, and kept me apprised of every step and outcome, calling me personally to inform or explain, which eased so much stress. What a difference it makes to have an attorney who will readily communicate with you, especially beyond the call of duty! This combination of professional expertise and integrity, coupled with thoughtfulness, outreach and obvious passion for his work, make it easy to recommend Paul without hesitation.
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Posted by Edie Laquer | May 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional appellate attorney and strategist.
I am pleased to endorse Paul Morris who represented my company and me individually in several appellate matters and trial support. He is not only a brilliant lawyer but an excellent strategist and consummate professional. Mr. Morris paid close attention to my needs and promptly and courteously responded to all inquiries. In some of my cases, he was part of a team of other lawyers and expert witnesses, and his input from an appellate perspective was invaluable in making critical decisions during proverbial forks-in-the-road. He knows how to collaborate and meticulously coordinate to ensure the best results, which he indeed obtained in my cases.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Chief, Appellate Division
  • Office of the Public Defender in Miami-Dade County
  • 1975 - 1980


  • University of Miami School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • New York University
  • B.A.
  • 1972

Legal Cases

  • SHEDDF2-FL3, LLC v. Penthouse South
  • Invalidation of contract reversed.
  • Waldera v. Waldera
  • Final judgment of marriage dissolution reversed
  • Langel v. State
  • Conviction reversed and new trial ordered.
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  • The National Association of Distringuished Counsel
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • 2001 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For The Sixth Circuit
  • 1986 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Third Circuit
  • 1986 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • 1986 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • 1985 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit
  • 1983 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 1981 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Fourth Circuit
  • 1981 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • 1978 - Present
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 1975 - Present
  • Third District Court of Appeal of Florida Historical Society
  • President-Elect
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Rated Appellate Attorney
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top One Percent of Attorneys in U.S.
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016


  • Florida Bar publication
  • Florida Appellate Practice
  • 2016
  • The Record, Journal of the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section (Florida Bar)
  • We're Not Dopes
  • 2001
  • Nova Law Review
  • Language Tips Questions and Answers
  • 1993
  • Florida Bar Journal
  • Oral Arguments and Written Briefs - DCA Judges Comment
  • 1988
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Appellate Practice and Certification Review
  • Florida Criminal Appeals
  • 2022

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Paul
Appeals Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Paul for more than 30 years. He is my "go to" person in Florida for appellate litigation because, quite simply, he is the best: knowledgeable, hard working, and honest. You won't find a more qualified appellate lawyer. Nor one you'd more want on your litigation team to assure that all legal issues are identified, properly presented and preserved."
Appeals Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. He is exceptionally bright, probing and insightful. He has extensive knowledge of the Florida appeals process both in the District Courts of Appeal and in the Florida Supreme Court and has a keen understanding about how to effectively communicate his message to the justices and their staff in each of those fora. He is studious, industrious, and creative, and overall is someone with whom I feel privileged to be working."
Appeals Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Erudite, brilliant analysis, very effective in oral argument"
Appeals Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse this lawyer. Paul is an appellate expert and certified by The Florida Bar in both appellate and criminal appellate. Beyond the book sense, however, he also has good appellate judgment and strong ethics. He is also a real gentleman to work with in the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society."

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Miami Appeals Lawyer Paul Morris
Paul Morris
Appeals Attorney
Miami, FL
Licensed for 48 years