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Jack E. Morris

jem@jemorrislaw.com
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Phone: (504) 454-2769
Fax: (504) 454-3855

1055 St Charles Ave, #208A
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Jack E. Morris provides professional legal services to clients throughout Louisiana. Engaged in civil litigation and counseling in the areas of business and commercial law, patent, trademark, and copyright law, insurance law, construction law, real estate and property law, legal malpractice law, and appellate law, Mr. Morris represents a diverse clientele including large and small businesses as well as individuals. Mr. Morris has represented clients before state and federal courts at every level, including the Louisiana Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court, and also before various arbitration and mediation forums.

Education

J.D., Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1993

  • Member, Louisiana Law Review, 1991-93
  • Senior Editor, Louisiana Law Review, Volume 53, 1992-93
  • Winner of Vinson & Elkins Award for Best Student Law Review Article, 1992

B.A. English, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1981

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Louisiana Supreme Court and all Louisiana state courts , 1993
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana , 1994
United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana , 2001
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana , 2015
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1996
United States Court of Federal Claims, 1995
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit , 1996
United States Supreme Court, 1994
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Jefferson Bar Association
Member Since: 1995

Publications
  • “Small Employers and Group Health Insurance: Should ERISA Apply?,” 52 La.L.Rev. 971 (1992)
  • Wetland Determination from the Buyer’s and Seller’s Views, Perspective 38 (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors 1993) (with David C. Loeb, Esq. and Wade R. Ragas, Ph.D.)
Professional Experience
  • January 2017 - Present: Tolar Harrigan & Morris LLC, New Orleans and Metairie, Louisiana: Partner, Litigation Attorney — business and commercial law, patent, trademark, and copyright law, insurance law, construction law, real estate and property law, legal malpractice law, and appellate law
  • 1999 - Present: Jack E. Morris, Attorney at Law, LLC, Metairie, Louisiana: Owner, Litigation Attorney — business and commercial law, patent, trademark, and copyright law, insurance law, construction law, real estate and property law, legal malpractice law, and appellate law
  • 1998 - 1999: Molaison, Colvin, Greenberg, Zelenka, Morris & Loeb, LLP, Gretna, Louisiana — Partner, Litigation Attorney
  • 1994-98: Molaison, Price & Loeb, L.L.P., Gretna, Louisiana — Associate, Litigation Attorney
  • 1993 - 1994: Justice Catherine D. Kimball, Supreme Court of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana — Judicial Clerk
  • 1991 - 1993: Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Breslin & Murray, Metairie, Louisiana — Law Clerk
Representative Cases

Jack E. Morris has appeared in numerous significant reported cases, including the following:

  • Ledet v. FabianMartins Constr. LLC, 18-133 (La. App. 5 Cir. 10/17/18), --- So.3d ---, 2018 WL 5021100
  • Forvendel v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2017-2074 (La. 6/27/18), 251 So.3d 362
  • Succession of Griffin, 17-637 (La. App. 5 Cir. 5/30/18), 249 So.3d 1048
  • Interdiction of Daina Jean Conrad, 17-530 (La. App. 5 Cir. 12/5/17), 2017 WL 6812284
  • Salathe v. Parish of Jefferson through Dept. of Sewerage, 17-601 (La. App. 5 Cir. 11/14/17), 2017 WL 6812284
  • Sciortino v. Sciortino, 2017-0340 (La. App. 4 Cir. 4/18/17), 2017 WL 6819878; 2017-0323 (La. App. 4 Cir. 4/12/17), 2017 WL 6812287
  • Snow Ingredients, Inc. v. SnoWizard, Inc., 833 F.3d 512, 2016 WL 4363181 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Cannata v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., 2015 WL 7289838 (W.D. La. 2015)
  • SnoWizard, Inc. v. Snow Ball’s Chance, Ltd., 2015 WL 5682640 (E.D. La. 2015)
  • Southern Snow Manufacturing Co. v. SnoWizard Holdings, Inc., 2015 WL 5059504, 2014 WL 1652436, 2013 WL 8178387, 2013 WL 4007068, 2013 WL 3983886, 2013 WL 620266, 921 F.Supp.2d 548, 921 F.Supp.2d 527, 2013 WL 161189, 2012 WL 6738762, 2012 WL 6554025, 2012 WL 4423887, 2011 WL 6300412, 2011 WL 6300370, 2011 WL 6296934, 2011 WL 6296762, 2011 WL 6296743, 2011 WL 6296727, 2011 WL 6296654, 829 F.Supp.2d 437, 829 F.Supp.2d 431, 2011 WL 6266727, 2011 WL 601639 (E.D. La. 2011-2015)
  • Snow Ingredients, Inc. v. SnoWizard, Inc., 2015 WL 1765230, 2015 WL 1482560, 2014 WL 1329804, 2014 WL 1276481, 2014 WL 1154242 (E.D. La. 2014-2015)
  • In re Succession of Clemetson, 2014-0321 (La. App. 4 Cir. 9/17/14), 150 So.3d 374
  • Southern Snow Manufacturing Co. v. SnoWizard Holdings, Inc., 567 Fed.Appx. 945 (Fed. Cir. 2014)
  • Molaison v. Lukinovich, 13-781 (La. App. 5 Cir. 5/28/14), 142 So.3d 342, writ denied, 2014-1355 (La. 9/26/14), 149 So.3d 270
  • In re Succession of Scurlock, 13-960 (La. App. 5 Cir. 4/23/14), 140 So.3d 318
  • Commercial Flooring and Mini Blinds, Inc. v. Edenfield, 2013-0523 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2/14/14), 138 So.3d 30
  • Gibbens v. Champion Industries, Inc., 547 Fed.Appx. 576 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • Territa v. Oliver, 2014 WL 28862, 2014 WL 28859, 2013 WL 6490338, 2013 WL 5530275 (E.D. La. 2013)
  • SnoWizard, Inc. v. Andrews, 2013 WL 3728410 (E.D. La. 2013)
  • Gibbens v. Champion Industries, Inc., 2013 WL 1176238, 2013 WL 441076 (E.D. La. 2013)
  • SnoWizard, Inc. v. Robinson, 2013 WL 394019, 897 F.Supp.2d 472, 2012 WL 1748154, 2011 WL 5024350, 2011 WL 2681197, 2011 WL 5024350 (E.D. La. 2011-2012)
  • Sod Farm, L.L.C. v. Lakewood Development, L.L.C., 2011-1203, 2011-1204 (La. App. 1 Cir. 3/28/12), 2012 WL 1070020, 2012 WL 1070042, writs denied, 2012-1235, 2012-1236 (La. 9/21/12), 98 So.2d 3d 343
  • Wegener v. Lafayette Insurance Co., 2010810 c/w 2010811 (La. 3/15/11), 60 So.3d 1220
  • Taranto v. Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., 2010105 (La. 3/15/11), 62 So.3d 721
  • United States ex rel. Denenea v. Allstate Insurance Co., 2011 WL 231780 (E.D. La. 2011)
  • Scott v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co., 2011 WL 90109 (M.D. La. 2011)
  • Johnson v. 1425 Dauphine, L.L.C., 20100793 (La. App. 4 Cir. 12/1/10), 52 So.3d 962, writ denied, 2011C1 (La. 2/18/11), 57 So.3d 334
  • SJDCC, LLC v. Marsh USA, Inc., 2010 WL 1489723 (E.D. La. 2010), aff’d, 420 Fed.Appx. 442 (5th Cir. 2011)
  • Simmons v. Lexington Insurance Co., 2010 WL 1254638 (E.D. La. 2010), aff’d, 401 Fed.Appx. 903 (5th Cir. 2010)
  • Parasol Flavors, LLC v. SnoWizard, Inc., 94 U.S.P.Q.2d 1635, 2010 WL 745004 (E.D. La. 2010)
  • Wegener v. Lafayette Ins. Co., 2009-0072 (La. App. 4 Cir. 3/10/10), 34 So.3d 932
  • Carpenter v. State Farm Ins. Co ., 2009 WL 4160809 (E.D. La. 2009)
  • Cimino v. Allstate Insurance Co., 2009 WL 152523 (E.D. La. 2009)
  • Grilletta v. Lexington Insurance Co., 558 F.3d 359 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Truitt v. DirecTV, Inc., 2008 WL 5054570 (E.D. La. 2008)
  • Viloria v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., 2008 WL 4691050 (E.D. La. 2008)
  • Veade v. Louisiana Citizens Property Corp., 20080251 (La. App. 4 Cir. 6/4/08), 985 So.2d 1275
  • Falanga v. Allstate Insurance Co., 2008 WL 1767002 (E.D. La. 2008)
  • McCord v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Ins. Co., 2008 WL 1988850, 2007 WL 2670134 (E.D. La. 2007, 2008)
  • Jackson v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2008 WL 783556 (E.D. La. 2008)
  • Deslonde v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2008 WL 440417, 2008 WL 783552 (E.D. La. 2008)
  • Cochrane v. USAA Casualty Ins. Co., 2007 WL 2904037 (E.D. La. 2007)
  • Majoue v. Allstate Insurance Co., 2007 WL 2571914 (E.D. La. 2007)
  • Louque v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 2007 WL 2229287 (E.D. La. 2007)
  • Cazeau v. Allstate Ins. Co ., 2007 WL 2155785 (E.D. La. 2007)
  • Auto Club Family Insurance Co. v. Ahner, 2007 WL 2480322, 2007 WL 2571644 (E.D. La. 2007)
  • Weiss v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2007 WL 891869, 2007 WL 1017341, 2007 WL 1075921, 2007 WL 2377116, 2007 WL 2377119 (E.D. La. 2007)
  • Ohio Management, LLC v. James River Insurance Co., 2006 WL 1985962 (E.D. La. 2006)
  • Failla v. Dynasty Distributors, Inc., 2006 WL 860969, 2006 WL 1581217 (E.D. La. 2006)
  • Flournoy Construction Co. v. Slidella, L.L.C., 2005 WL 1400405 (E.D. La. 2005)
  • R.J. Messinger, Inc. v. Rosenblum, 20032209 (La. App. 4 Cir. 6/2/04), 876 So.2d 898, rev=d, 20041664 (La. 3/2/05), 894 So.2d 1113, on remand, 2003-2209 (La. App. 4 Cir. 5/11/05), 904 So. 760
  • Bordelon v. Homeowners Ass’n of Lake Ramsey, Inc ., 2004-1115 (La. App. 1 Cir. 5/6/05), 916 So.2d 179
  • LaGraize v. Parish of Jefferson, 04-456 (La. App. 5 Cir. 10/26/04), 887 So.2d 571
  • Dufrene v. HBOS Manufacturing, LP, 2003-2201 (La. App. 4 Cir. 4/7/04), 872 So.2d 1206
  • Ventola v. Hall, 03-0703 (La. App. 5 Cir. 11/12/03), 861 So.2d 677
  • Spaht v. Sewerage and Water Board of City of New Orleans, 2002-2125 (La. App. 4 Cir. 7/2/03), 851 So.2d 1242
  • Ory v. A.V.I. Construction, Inc., 03-72 (La. App. 5 Cir. 5/28/03), 848 So.2d 115
  • Trahant v. Perez, 2002-1414 (La. App. 4 Cir. 3/19/03), 843 So.2d 47
  • Combe v. La Madeleine, Inc., 2002 WL 31496373 (E.D. La. 2002)
  • Jam Strait, Inc. v. American Products Co., 2002 WL 31246566 (E.D. La. 2002)
  • Monts v. Board of Supervisors of L.S.U., 2001-1497 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2/27/02), 812 So.2d 787, 164 Ed. Law Rep. 500, writ denied, 2002-0926 (La. 5/31/02), 817 So.2d 105, cert. denied, 537 U.S. 1002, 123 S.Ct. 486, 154 L.Ed.2d 397 (2002)
  • Short v. Ochello, 01-1358 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2/26/02), 811 So.2d 1009
  • Frey v. Walker, 01-709 (La. App. 5 Cir. 12/26/01), 807 So.2d 887
  • Sunrise Construction and Development Corp. v. Coast Waterworks, Inc. , 2000-0303 (La. App. 1 Cir. 6/22/01), 806 So.2d 1, writ denied, 2001-2577 (La. 1/11/02), 807 So.2d 235
  • Merlin v. Fuselier Construction, Inc., 00-1862 (La. App. 5 Cir. 5/30/01), 789 So.2d 710
  • Tinoco v. Marine Chartering Co., 2001 WL 406331, 2001 WL 883213 (E.D. La. 2001), aff’d, 311 F.3d 617, 29 Emp. Ben. Cas. 1392 (5th Cir. 2002)
  • Moore v. Dupart, 2000-1272 (La. App. 4 Cir. 4/11/01), 785 So.2d 207, writ denied, 2001-1388 (La. 6/22/01), 794 So.2d 796
  • Maynard Batture Venture v. Parish of Jefferson, 00-16 (La. App. 5 Cir. 4/11/01), 786 So.2d 757, writ denied, 2001-1386 (La. 6/29/01), 794 So.2d 815
  • Alexander v. Henderson Condominium Association, Inc., 99-2906 (La. App. 4 Cir. 12/27/00), writ denied, 2001-0277 (La. 3/23/01), 787 So.2d 321
  • Arnold v. F.A. Richard & Associates, Inc., 2000 WL 1693659, 2000 WL 1875905 (E.D. La. 2000)
  • U.S. Life Insurance Co. v. Stein, 2000 WL 1182618 (E.D. La. 2000)
  • Contract Management Services, Inc. of Texas v. State though Department of Labor, 98-2010 (La. App. 1 Cir. 11/5/99), 745 So.2d 194, writ denied, 1999-3466 (La. 2/11/00), 754 So.2d 939
  • Southlake Development Co. v. Secretary of Department of Revenue and Taxation , 98-2158 (La. App. 1 Cir. 11/5/99), 745 So.2d 203, writ denied, 1999-3405 (La. 2/4/00), 754 So.2d 235
  • Schlesinger v. Johnson, 1999 WL 961765, 1999 WL 997499 (E.D. La. 1999)
  • Nassif v. Sunrise Homes, Inc., 98-3193 (La. 6/29/99), 739 So.2d 183
  • KLL Consultants, Inc. v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. of Illinois , 99-14 (La. App. 5 Cir. 6/1/99), 738 So.2d 691
  • Harding v. Wang, 98-1865 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2/3/99), 729 So.2d 9
  • In re Donnaud, 1998 WL 131733 (E.D. La. 1998)
  • Dixon v. Mayeux, 97-736 (La. App. 5 Cir. 11/25/97), 705 So.2d 216, writ granted in part, judgment vacated in part, 98-0121 (La. 4/3/98), 717 So.2d 227
  • Bayou Des Familles Development Corp. v. United States, 130 F.3d 1034 (Fed. Cir. 1997)
  • Maynard Batture Venture v. Parish of Jefferson, 1997 WL 433493 (E.D. La. 1997)
  • Hurt v. Ames Safety Envelope Co., 1996 WL 492306, 1996 WL 633236 (E.D. La. 1996)
  • Pena v. Fann, 96-0461 (La. 4/19/96), 671 So.2d 934, on remand, 95-2709 (La. App. 4 Cir. 7/3/96), 677 So.2d 1091, writ denied, 96-1910 (La. 11/1/96), 681 So.2d 1261
  • Bailey v. New Orleans Steamship Association, 1996 WL 11255, 1996 WL 80172 (E.D. La. 1996), aff’d, 100 F.3d 28 (5th Cir. 1996)
  • Kornman v. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, 94-306 (La. App. 5th Cir. 9/26/95), 662 So.2d 498, writ denied, 95-3025 (La. 2/16/96), 667 So.2d 1054, cert. denied, 518 U.S. 1007, 116 S.Ct. 2527, 135 L.Ed.2d 1051 (1996), rehearing denied, 518 U.S. 1046, 117 S.Ct. 22, 135 L.Ed.2d 1116 (1996)
  • Korossy v. Sunrise Homes, Inc., 94-473 (La. App. 5th Cir. 3/15/95), 653 So.2d 1215, writs denied, 95-1522, 95-1536 (La. 9/29/95), 660 So.2d 878
Articles

Jack E. Morris, “Ethical Issues in Appellate Courts” (National Business Institute, New Orleaqns, La., June 21, 2013)
The rules of ethics governing the work of lawyers in state and federal appellate courts in Louisiana derive from the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct in general, and from select articles and rules in the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure, the Louisiana Uniform Rules of the Courts of Appeal, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Rules. This article explores some of the ethical issues implicated by the application of these rules to the handling of appeals.

Jack E. Morris, “Small Employers and Group Health Insurance: Should ERISA Apply?," 52 La.L.Rev. 971 (1992)
Jack E. Morris, Esq., David C. Loeb, Esq., and Wade R. Ragas, Ph.D., “Wetland Determination from the Buyer's and Seller's Views,” Perspective 38 (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors 1993)

Jack E. Morris, Esq., David C. Loeb, Esq., and Wade R. Ragas, Ph.D., “Wetland Determination from the Buyer's and Seller's Views,” Perspective 38 (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors 1993)
Wetlands regulations are an increasingly important issue for buyers and sellers contemplating the transfer of undeveloped acreage. A parcel of land declared to be a jurisdictional wetland cannot be developed without the approval of the Army Corps of Engineers or the Soil Conservation Service. This issue can create a conflict between a buyer and a seller; a buyer will want a determination of wetlands status before a sale. However, the seller will want to wait since a determination of wetland will affect the land's market value.

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