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Rivers Judson Morrell III

Personal injury Attorney at Mission Viejo, CA

4.8   40 reviews
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1973
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Rivers

Learn Rivers’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    20%
    Representing injured parties in many forms of personal injury cases including STD transmission without advance warning and nursing home fall injury, abuse and neglect.

    41 years

  2. Animal and dog bites
    15%

    41 years

  3. Car accident
    15%

    41 years

  4. Motorcycle accident
    15%

    41 years

  5. Trucking accident
    15%

    41 years

  6. Slip and fall accident
    10%

    41 years

  7. Wrongful death
    10%

    41 years

Mr. Morrell has been selected as a So. California Super Lawyer 8 years in a row.  This represents the top 5% of the attorneys in Southern California.  He is a life member of the MultiMillion Dollar Advocates Forum, a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a life member of Elite Lawyers of  America, a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.   He has worked as a mediator, and as a judge pro tem.  He was also selected by Law Dragon as one of the top 3000 attorneys in the United States.  He is also AV rated by Martindale, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive.  Mr. Morrell also received the highest rating, "Preeminent Rating", by his peers, also thru Martindale Hubbel, or a 5 out of 5.  In addition, he was selected as one of California's Top 100 litigators for the State of California, by the American Society of Legal Advocates.  He is a member of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys (ACBCA).  He was also awarded the "Client Distinquish Award", given to only the top 1% of all attorneys in the US.

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Location

Law Firm Of Rivers J. Morrell III
27201 Puerta Real
Suite 470
Mission Viejo, CA, 92691-7388
Law Firm Of Rivers J. Morrell Iii
11801 Pierce Street
Suite 200
Riverside, CA, 92505
Law Firm Of Rivers J. Morrell III
1920 Main Street
Suite 1000
Irvine, CA, 92614
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  40 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Client
The entire process was explained in detailed. There were no surprises because Mr. Morrell corresponded with me via email during the entirety of the case. The final award met my expectations and Mr. Morrell and his staff are very professional. I'm a very satisfied client and I appreciate all of your hard work and the negotiating to achieve my expectations.
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Posted by Amanda | July 11, 2016
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A "Go To" Lawyer
Rivers was exceptional in keeping me informed throughout my process and staying honest with circumstances. Never made me feel inadequate, even when if I did have to ask questions. The firm assisted me HAPPILY anytime I had questions or needed further explanation on something that was happening. They did a great job on making sure I was informed and educated, at all times. They took excellent care of me and I would highly recommend Rivers Morrell to everyone. After one phone call, you will know it yourself.
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Posted by Cynthia Robles | July 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The very best attorney one could ask for
I highly recommend River J. Morrell III as your attorney. When I needed someone to represent me in a highly sensitive and difficult case of STD infection, Rivers was the only attorney who was willing to help. After hearing rejections from over 10 attorney’s claiming I had no case because it could not be proven, Rivers validated my circumstance, stood next to me and fought diligently and professionally for me. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me for an attorney to finally believe my story and my plight and then take my case. From my first contact with Rivers, he was compassionate, kind and completely honest about the merits of the case. He explained the challenges that could arise, yet was confident I had a good case against the individual who had wronged me. The evidence to support this case was intimate and sensitive. Rivers was consistent in handling it with the utmost respect and compassion. He responded very promptly to my phone calls and emails answering all of my questions thoroughly. He deposed the individual I was suing as professionally and skillfully as one could imagine. The person’s defense was left in shambles thanks to Rivers excellent inquiries during the deposition. His associate, Isaac Yin, was just as professional and compassionate as Rivers. Isaac’s support during my emotionally charged and grueling deposition, was protective, kind and encouraging. Isaac was sympathetic to my terrible situation helping me through those difficult moments. The support staff at Rivers’ office could not be more understanding or kind. The entire office became my advocate. Every contact was met with warmth, support and professionalism. Rivers and Isaac used their breathe of knowledge and experience to settle my case to my full satisfaction. They handled the negotiations with the defendant’s attorney professionally, skillfully and assertively, insisting generous damages be awarded to me. Of course, in a case like this, one can never receive what one truly deserves, but Rivers Morrell fought my case and was able to represent me better than had I ever expected. This was my fist dealings with an attorney for a civil lawsuit. I was unsure what to expect and afraid I would never find anyone willing to understand my pain and suffering after what had happened to me. Rivers proved me wrong. He proved to be a fine person with great sensitivity and professionalism. I very highly recommend Rivers for any personal injury case you may need help with. He and his staff are the very best a person could ask for.
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Posted by Latasha | June 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
More than pleased with Rivers settling my case
I actually checked avvo looking for an accident attorney to represent me in my case. I ran across Rivers profile and read all the awesome reviews. The one that stood out to me the most, was how he responded very well with his clients. I can assure you that testament is very true, each time I had a question or concern Rivers responded promptly & gave me specific details with what was going on during the moments of settling my case. Once my case was settled I walked away with more than I expected! If you're looking for a honest reliable attorney Rivers Morrell is the way to go.
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Posted by Amber | February 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Personal Injury Case
Mr. Rivers and his lovely wife have been phenomenal throughout the whole litigation process. I called their office very distraut and looking for guidance and I found it and so much more. He was very empathetic to our circumstance and I have been more than satisfied with the outcome of our case and the degree of professionalism and knowledge Mr. Morrell possesses. He has always been very easy to get into contact with and returns e-mails and calls promptly. This is huge for me, it tells me that my husband and I matter to him. I highly recommend him and his office, they will take excellent care of you! Thank you Rivers!
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Posted by Lisa | January 12, 2016
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Amazing Attorney
Mr. Morrell represented myself and my three children in a personal injury case. Mr. Morrell was very professional and straight forward with me from our first conversation. He explained to me that my type of case would take time and a lot of patience. Not only was Mr. Morrell amazing, but his office staff was just as wonderful. My calls and emails were always returned in a timely manner. I would absolutely recommend the Law Office of Rivers J. Morrell III.
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Posted by Juming | November 3, 2015
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Rivers is really there for me
I had car accident that involved me, my husband and our 2 small kids. Someone just hit our car. We really grateful that we had Rivers as our lawyer. He is really there for us. He really listened to us, very patience, explained every single details to us, he made all the paperwork so simple and easy for us. Anytime i have a question and so many times, he answered in details and very fast less than 24 hours. His staff also very nice, polite and helpful. Rivers also finished my case fast and he really fought for me to get all the rights that i supposed get. Completely satisfied with all his work ethic and for sure i will recommend him to my family and friends.
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Posted by Debra | October 13, 2015
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Outstanding Personal Injury Attorney Highly Recommended
Rivers provided me with excellent legal representation and excellent resolution not only once but twice for the same case. He quickly with no hesitation helped me get out of a sticky situation. The whole staff is very caring and are very personal with you. I'm very Grateful to have such a Outstanding Attorney represent me. I Highly recommend Rivers Morrell III and his wonderful law firm they are the greatest.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2015
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Very approachable and helpful
Through this process, Rivers always was willing to answer any and all of my questions. He either responded by email or phone the same day. He treated me with respect and kindness. I would recommend Rivers 100% to handle any case.
Posted by Jacqueline | September 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Legal Representation and Excellent Resolution
I am so fortunate in having sought and obtained the legal services of Rivers Morrell, Atty. I was not familiar with any personal injury attorneys and had no idea to whom I should turn. Mr. Morrell was suggested and I called him right away. I am so glad I did. I am 74 years old and was rear-ended by a young man driving while using a cell phone while driving in the dark in the rain. I sustained injuries and the whole thing was painful. My medical doctor advised that at my age, I would not get any better with therapy so we didn't have much in the way of treatment or medical bills. Nonetheless, Mr. Morrell was able to obtain a sizeable financial resolution to the case for which I am very grateful. His expertise and attention to detail were of the first caliber. He responded with great speed to each of my inquiries regarding my case - always courteously and completely. Thank you Mr. Morrell. I would recommend your services to anyone needing legal assistance. You have been professional, quick, thorough, and very kind. Thank you, again.
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Posted by Shannon | September 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
My whole situation was awful and confusing until I hired Rivers. He helped me every step of the way. He believed in me, which gave me the strength to get through one of the hardest times in my life. He made himself available for questions and provided me with the answers I needed. My injuries have healed and I feel fully recovered. Thanks to Rivers I am moving on in my life and can put this all behind me. He has been a true blessing to me and my family.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2015
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Above and Beyond Expectations
Rivers Morrell is a brilliant and extremely competent lawyer. In my case specifically, he greatly surpassed my expectations in both personal attention and results. When Morrell first informed me of his initial goal for my case, I doubted anyone could accomplish such a tremendous task. Imagine my shock when Morrell managed to not only achieve his goal but nearly double it in size. If you are looking for a lawyer who is exceptionally attentive, capable, and patient, I urge you to hire Rivers Morrell. I guarantee he will perform above and beyond your expectations.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2015
BEST Personal Injury Lawyer!
Mr. Morrell is an excellent professional lawyer but also a great human being who cares about others. It was very unfortunate that I had to deal with an STD claim. It's such an overwhelming and emotional process learning about my condition and looking for legal advice. However, I'm very grateful for finding Mr. Morrell. He's very knowledgeable, and although the case took some time to get settled, he fought the case until he was able to obtain compensation for my personal injury. Words cannot explain how thankful I'm for the services and support that I received from Mr. Morrell and his staff. I totally recommend his services to anyone in need of a lawyer. Mr. Morrell stands for what's morally right and just and will help those in need of representation.
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Posted by Ricardo | May 4, 2015
Experience along with great service
Our case was long . It seemed like our insurance company auto club and the defendants insurance , auto club wanted to make a statement . Our attorney Mr. Morrell fought for us through a bad court case and reached a positive settlement . We are very thankful and would highly recommend him to anyone that needs legal representation.
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Posted by Mary | January 24, 2015
THE BEST Lawyer ever, Lucky you!
Rivers is THE BEST Lawyer you could ever wish for. If you are so lucky to have Rivers as your Attorney, you just won the jackpot. Do not make the mistake I did and DO EVERYTHING he says. Stupid me, I did not completely follow his advice and I settled for a lot less than I could have. Rivers told me what to do and I did not do exactly what he said. Rivers is The Professional, remember that, he is a a pro at what he does, not you, or you would not need him. Just look at his credentials and you will understand why you just got lucky. He is not a SUPER LAWYER for nothing, believe me, I am so grateful and thankful of the day I signed the agreement with Rivers. He was more than fair, more than good, Rivers is THE BEST LAWYER you could ever dream of having.
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Posted by Monique | December 19, 2014
Brilliant representation who produces results!
Rivers Morrell was exactly what I expected and much more! My injury occurred a few years ago and I was in a search for the best representation for my case. I originally hired another attorney shortly after my injury and was very disappointed about the results I was provided. I did a Google search and made a few calls in search for a new attorney. I was referred to Rivers from another legal office and when I spoke to Rivers directly he provided a great representation over the phone. I met with Rivers a few days after in person to go over my case and he provided exceptional knowledge and follow-up that I felt very confident he would be able to serve me justice. Just recently, we were able to settle my case outside of court and Rivers negotiated my settlement for my best interest. Rivers is a brilliant man and a veteran attorney that will only produce results. You will not be disappointed!
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Posted by Diane | July 29, 2014
STD Herpes Lawsuit
I am writing this review based on my actual experience with Rivers Morrell III. I have already recommended three friends to this fine man for his expertise, professionalism and knowledge of his field. I cannot recommend him enough for what he accomplished for me. Rivers was concise and listened to my situation and settled an outcome that exceeded my expectations. This Attorney is top notch and I work with a lot of Attorneys in my profession. I would highly recommend this Attorney if you want the job done correctly, honestly and professionally. He doesn't bring a knife to a gun fight he brings himself to get the job done. Rivers does it in such a way that doesn't need anything but facts to deliver the message he stands for and that's justice. Rivers is upfront and very prepared with his information and his clients and will tell you like it is if he is able to deliver based on what is reality. He is specific in what he can or cannot do according to the facts of your personal case. Rivers and his Staff are amazing. They truly care about your situation and you as a human being. They all care about you and show it right when you walk into their office. . They always answer their phone and they are always quick to reply to your needs. Specifically Rivers! I emailed their office on Christmas day of 2013 and Rivers responded while on vacation in Mexico!! Who does that these days??? He won my respect and he won my case and I will forever be grateful for his work and his ethics as an Attorney and a good Man along with his Staff being Great Women!! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to review this exceptional Law Firm. I am grateful for people like this in this world that are so very few and far between. I highly recommend them in so many ways.
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Posted by Mindy | February 22, 2014
Highly Recommended Trial Lawyer Attorney Rivers J. Morrell
Attorney Rivers Morrell represented me during the last three years. Mr. Morrell and his staff worked diligently and professionally on my case. Leaving no stone unturned, his hard work resulted in very favorable results for me. Mr. Morrell always kept me up to date and was always a phone call or visit away if I had any questions or concerns, or to explain parts of the process. I felt like I had the best outcome possible and I know without a doubt, it was obtained solely on Mr. MorrelI's expertise. He was always attentive and persistent in dealing with my case. I would highly recommend Mr. Morrell to anyone needing a personal injury attorney. Mr. Morell is extremely knowledgeable with decades of experience. He is honest, forthright, hard-working, and very personable.
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Posted by Ron | October 22, 2013
Exceptionally Knowledgeable and Professional
Rivers was the quintessential professional from our very first meeting. I was very upset that it was necessary to litigate my auto injury case with the insurance company. Rivers explained the law surrounding these types of cases; gave me a history on the evalution of the laws; and then explained in detail the process that would be followed as my case proceeded towards our assinged court date. During the following months, Rivers and his team handled all documents, responses, appointments, etc. He also ensured that a member of his staff accompanied me on depositons, doctors appointements, etc. to ensure my confidence during these visits and protect my rights. As the case ran its course, there were times that I became frustrated with what was happening to me and took my frustration out on Rivers. Rivers never became angry, upset or arrogant towards me. He responded calmly and professionally, addressed my concerns and we moved on. In the end, Rivers was able to resolve my case prior to going to court (which I was very grateful for) and for a settlement amount that was much higher than I anticipated or expected. I would definately recommend Rivers to anyone looking for an extremely knowledgeable Attorney and one who really does put his clients interests above his own.
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Posted by Colleen | September 5, 2013
You will not be frustrated or disapointed with this excellant Lawyer!
From beginning until the end Rivers was a careing hard worker handling my case proffessionally and with compasion. I had a brain injury from being hit by a car as a pedestrian and Rivers worked with me and was very patient with the cognitive difficulties I was having. He got me the best care and was there for me every step of the way. Office staff is like family. He took care of the law aspect as well as the human aspect in my case. I highly recommend him to anyone needing a good compassionate lawyer who is a Gladiator in the ring of fighting the insurance company to get justice in my case!
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell III
  • 1984 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Low, Ball and Lynch
  • 1975 - 1979

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1974
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1970

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Montoya vs. California Pools
  • Verdict for plaintiff in the amount of $280,000
  • Foster vs. Farmers Insurance
  • Settled case for over $300,000

Associations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • California's Top 100 Litigator
  • 2012 - Present
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • Silver Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • multi million Dollar Advocacy Forum
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Law Dragon's Top 3000
  • Top 3000
  • 2007 - Present
  • Souther California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer representing the top 5% of all attorneys
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Advocate
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer, Lifetime Member
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Best Attorneys of America
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2015
  • California's Top 100 Litigator
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • California's Top 100 Litigators
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2012
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2010
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Silver Member
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2009
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Top 3000
  • Law Dragon
  • 2007
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Advocacy Skills
  • Trial advocacy skills, suggestions, pointers, etc.
  • 1993
  • Jury Trial Skills
  • Jury Trial Skills
  • 1992

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (1)
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Personal injury Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Morrell provides thoughtful, educated and experienced answers to the questions provided herein. Attorney Morrell provides a needed service by providing voluntary and free legal assistance to the individuals herein who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rivers. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I referred to Mr. Morrell a personal injury case that had some legal complications and some medical causation issues. Mr. Morrell's diligent, thorough and aggressive legal work increased the value of the case substantially. I would highly recommend Rivers Morrell for personal injury."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Morrell is one of the finest tort lawyers in his state. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. They don't come any better than Rivers- I highly recommend his legal services."
Wrongful death Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Looking for a trial attorney par excellence then Rivers Morrell is your man. Looking for a man whose word is his bond then look no further. Integrity and thoroughness are hallmark's of Mr. Morrell. His insight and experience in representing plaintiff's and defendants provides him with inside insurance industry knowledge that gives him a leg up on plaintiff's attorneys who have only worked for one side. Mr. Morrell has earned respect both as a defense and plaintiff's trial attorney. He has achieved the high distinction of being a member of the Americal Board of Trial Advocacy. He obtained this achievement many years ago and he has continued to refine his advocacy skills since. It is important to recognize that his knowledge of the human anatomy provides him with with a key advantage in evaluation of cases. Finally, he retains the outside and expert resources necessary to agressively pursue outstanding results on behalf of his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I first got to know Rivers almost 20 years ago when I represented a plaintiff against him in a case that went to trial. I found him to be knowledgeable and professional all the way through verdict and beyond. Circumstances allowed me to join his firm for a few years. I have since moved to sole practice, but we remain friends and colleagues, and he remains knowledgeable, professional, hard-working, ethical and provides top-notch legal representation to his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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Mission Viejo Personal injury Lawyer Rivers Judson Morrell III
Rivers Judson Morrell III
Personal injury Attorney
Mission Viejo, CA
Licensed for 50 years