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John D Morris

Contracts and agreements Attorney at Midvale, UT

5.0   1 review
  • State Years
    Utah - UT 28 years
    Colorado - CO 28 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1995
    Inactive No misconduct found

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Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements
    Drafting and amendment to HOA governing documents, drafting and revising contracts between vendors and HOAs, drafting management contracts, drafting and revising other HOA contracts.

    29 years, 100 cases

  2. Litigation
    Extensive litigation of construction and HOA issues including litigation on behalf of associations, litigation on behalf of associations appointed by insurance counsel, and owner litigation against associations.

    29 years, 100 cases

  3. Real estate
    Extensive experience with HOA real property issues including easements, prescriptive easements, implied easements, and utility easements. Extensive experience with adding and removing real property from HOA communities for Associations and developers.

    23 years, 50 cases

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    Extensive experience advising community associations on corporate issues such as meeting procedures, voting, ballots, proxies, amending documents, document production requests, and other corporate matters.

    23 years, 100 cases

  5. Foreclosure
    Extensive experience with HOA foreclosures for failure to pay assessments.

    23 years, 1,000 cases

John Morris is one of Utah’s foremost attorneys in the field of community association law. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Utah Business magazine’s Utah Legal Elite™ for 2013 and 2014. John is also one of less than 150 nationwide members of the Community Association Institute College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). CCAL only accepts lawyers who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the development of community association law and through the education and empowerment of boards and residents in community associations. John was also recently elected President-elect of the Board of the local chapter of the Community Association Institute, where he continues his voluntary efforts. He also continues his long standing service on the Utah CAI Legislative Action Committee (a non-partisan organization dedicated to furthering the legislative interests of the community association constituency), a committee he chaired for three years. John is a founding member of Morris Sperry, the only law firm in Utah focused entirely on community association law.

John advises many community associations, boards, developers, and private owners. He is regularly appointed by insurance companies to defend community associations. John lived in a condominium association for nearly ten years. He served as a member of the board of his association for several years and at various times as the President, Vice President, and Secretary of the association. Since 2008, John has been been involved in the drafting of multiple and extensive amendments to the Utah Condominium Ownership Act and the Community Association Act. In cooperation with others in the industry, John has been and continues to be active in drafting legislation, communicating with legislators about community association legislation, and advocating for community association legislation that is balanced and sensible. John has presented on community association law topics at dozens of seminars for the Community Associations Institute, the Utah State Bar, insurance trade organizations, real estate groups, and individual groups of managers and owners.

John’s practice includes all aspects of community association law, including governing document drafting and rewrites, governance issues, complex litigation, governing document enforcement, new association development and turnover, and construction defect related disputes.

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Posted by Kathy | March 24, 2015
The Cream of the Crop
I have referred several clients to John over the years and had an opportunity to work with him first hand on those cases. He is extremely intelligent and an expert in his field, In spite of his knowledge he listens closely to his clients. He strategizes solutions to complex issues and you can rely on him to handle every detail. In addition to being extremely competent, he’s great fun to work with. I recommend him highly.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Morris Sperry
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • McKay, Burton & Thurmon
  • 1994 - 2012


  • Susan Bradshaw Mediation
  • Completion of 40 Hours Basic Mediation Training
  • 2013
  • University of Utah
  • Master in Business Administration
  • 1994
  • University of Utah
  • Business Management
  • 1991
  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Keyser v. Wasatch Towers
  • Dismissed with Prejudice followed by Nuisance settlement of Appeal


  • Utah CAI Legislative Action Committee
  • Past Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • 1996 - Present
  • Community Associations Institute
  • President
  • 1995 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • 1994 - Present
  • College of Community Association Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Townpark Condominium Association
  • Board President
  • 1996 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Membership
  • College of Community Association Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Service as Chair of the Legislative Action Committee
  • Utah Chapter of Community Associations Institute
  • 2012
  • Acknowledgement of Appreciation HOA Legislative Drafting
  • Utah Chapter of the Community Association Institute
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Small Claims Court Judge
  • Utah Court System
  • 1999
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  • Utah Community Living
  • Legislative Update: Checking in with the LAC
  • 2013
  • Utah Community Living
  • Blooming Shame: Elk Run vs. DiPalma
  • 2012
  • Utah Community Living
  • Local Legislative Update 2012
  • 2012
  • Utah Community Living
  • On the Hill 2012 Legislation
  • 2012
  • Utah Community Living
  • A Fair Housing Act Nightmare
  • 2011
  • Utah Community Living
  • Obtaining Lien Payoffs
  • 2011
  • Utah Community Living
  • The Next Big Step for the LAC
  • 2011
  • Utah Community Living
  • LAC Legislative Update
  • 2011
  • Utah Community Living
  • Can the Utah LAC Be Effective without Political Donations?
  • 2010
  • Utah Community Living
  • LAC Dedicated to Passing UCIOA
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • CCAL 2014 Law Seminar
  • Community Association Bankruptcies
  • 2014
  • Real Property Section of Utah State Bar
  • Utah Community Association Law Update 2013
  • 2013
  • HOA Manager Training Seminar
  • HOA Rules
  • 2013
  • HOA Manager Education Dinner
  • Rules Education
  • 2013
  • CAI Leadership Luncheon
  • Open Meetings Panel Discussion
  • 2013
  • CAI Essentials Class
  • Legal Organization
  • 2013
  • Law Seminar
  • Laws Applicable to Reserves & Budgeting for Utah Community Associations
  • 2012
  • Homeowner Education Roundtable
  • Insurance-Workers Compensation Coverage
  • 2012
  • Fourth Annual CAI Insurance Forum
  • New Insurance Legislation Affecting Condominium, PUD, HOA, and Townhome Associations
  • 2012
  • CAI Leadership Luncheon
  • Manager Licensing Panel
  • 2012
  • UCCPCU All Industry Day
  • Community Association Insurance Coverage
  • 2011
  • Homeowner Education Roundtable
  • How to Conduct an Effective Board Meeting
  • 2011
  • CAI Insurance Forum
  • Senate Bill 167 & Future Legislative Changes
  • 2011
  • CAI Educational Roundtable
  • Fair Housing Act
  • 2011
  • CAI Insurance Forum
  • D&O Insurance, Crime, Pending Legislation, & Underwriter's Perspective
  • 2010
  • Law Insurance Forum
  • Property Insurance for Condominium & PUDs
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John and i have opposed each other in two matters, the recent of which culminated in a week-long trial. Bright and always fully prepared, he is a fierce advocate and an formidable opponent. To his credit, however, he also goes out of his way to be civil and professional. He is a credit to our profession."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"There's no beating John Morris when it comes to knowing the complex details of HOA law."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Great guy to work with on litigation issues."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've been working with John for years now. No doubt he's the best in the field of HOA law."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."

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Midvale Contracts and agreements Lawyer John D Morris
John D Morris
Contracts and agreements Attorney
Midvale, UT
Licensed for 28 years