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James C. Morris

James C. Morris

Director

7800 Forsyth Boulevard
Suite 600
St. Louis, Missouri 63105

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Office: 314-725-0525
Fax: 314-725-7150

Jay Morris defends individuals and businesses against liability claims and guides small and medium-sized businesses in the transactions and legal considerations inherent in business. To his law practice he brings the perspective of a former business owner and executive and the wisdom of lessons learned through litigating his clients’ difficult situations.

Jay defends complex coverage claims made against casualty and liability insurers. He handles catastrophic injury, wrongful death, premises, property, products liability, construction defect, maritime and workers’ compensation claims as well as general commercial litigation matters.

He has successfully tried more than twenty cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, and has also handled arbitrations, mediations and appeals.

Through smart, detailed and efficient preparation, Jay aggressively pushes his clients’ cases toward favorable resolution or trial and establishes negotiating leverage or complete defenses with systematic and proactive discovery and investigation.

Jay graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law where he earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Health Law and the George LeMaistre Scholarship. Jay is licensed to practice in Missouri and Alabama.

Awards:

Recognized by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2015 for having secured one of the largest defense verdicts in the State of Missouri.

Rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating, in both legal ability and ethical standards by the Martindale Hubbell peer review system.

Articles:

“Avoid Those Same Old Disputes by Making a Good, Clear Contract Before You Bid Your Next Project,” ASA’s Contractor’s Compass, Feb. 2017

“How the Difference Between ‘Extra Work’ and ‘Additional Work’ Can Impact Claims for Payment,” ASA’s Contractor’s Compass, June 2017

Presentations / CLE’s:

“How the Difference Between ‘Extra Work’ and ‘Additional Work’ Can Impact Claims for Payment” Webinar, American Subcontractor’s Association, Jan. 2018

“Workers Compensation from A to Z,” National Business Institute, June 26, 2018, St. Louis, Missouri (CLE)

“Insurance Bad Faith ‘Set-Up’ in Missouri,” National Business Institute, June 27 & 29, 2018, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri (CLE)

OVERVIEW

Jay Morris defends individuals and businesses against liability claims and guides small and medium-sized businesses in the transactions and legal considerations inherent in business. To his law practice he brings the perspective of a former business owner and executive and the wisdom of lessons learned through litigating his clients’ difficult situations.

Jay defends complex coverage claims made against casualty and liability insurers. He handles catastrophic injury, wrongful death, premises, property, products liability, construction defect, maritime and workers’ compensation claims as well as general commercial litigation matters.

He has successfully tried more than twenty cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, and has also handled arbitrations, mediations and appeals.

Through smart, detailed and efficient preparation, Jay aggressively pushes his clients’ cases toward favorable resolution or trial and establishes negotiating leverage or complete defenses with systematic and proactive discovery and investigation.

Jay graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law where he earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Health Law and the George LeMaistre Scholarship. Jay is licensed to practice in Missouri and Alabama.

Awards:

Recognized by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2015 for having secured one of the largest defense verdicts in the State of Missouri.

Rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating, in both legal ability and ethical standards by the Martindale Hubbell peer review system.

Articles:

“Avoid Those Same Old Disputes by Making a Good, Clear Contract Before You Bid Your Next Project,” ASA’s Contractor’s Compass, Feb. 2017

“How the Difference Between ‘Extra Work’ and ‘Additional Work’ Can Impact Claims for Payment,” ASA’s Contractor’s Compass, June 2017

Presentations / CLE’s:

“How the Difference Between ‘Extra Work’ and ‘Additional Work’ Can Impact Claims for Payment” Webinar, American Subcontractor’s Association, Jan. 2018

“Workers Compensation from A to Z,” National Business Institute, June 26, 2018, St. Louis, Missouri (CLE)

“Insurance Bad Faith ‘Set-Up’ in Missouri,” National Business Institute, June 27 & 29, 2018, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri (CLE)

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • University of Alabama, J.D.
  • Spring Hill College, B.A., English; Minor, Philosophy

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Alabama
  • U.S. District Courts
  • Eastern and Western District of Missouri
  • Southern District of Alabama
  • Northern District of Illinois

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Lawyers Association of St. Louis