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Mr. Morris defends financial institutions and firms against consumer and regulatory lawsuits and advises businesses on compliance with federal credit and collection laws. He also defends attorneys, engineers, and other professionals, and represents businesses and individuals in commercial and employment disputes.
Mr. Morris has litigated to trial complex business cases with at-risk amounts in excess of $200 million and has successfully resolved claims involving hundreds of thousands of class members. He appears regularly in courts throughout the Federal Eighth Circuit, and in state courts in Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Dakota.
Mr. Morris serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. He also serves as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Investment Committee and is past chair of the Legislative Committee. Mr. Morris is a past president of the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Affirmed summary judgment against consumer claim that interest demand violated FDCPA on behalf of a collection agency client; Weeks v. Collection Center, Inc., 814 N.W.2d 792 (N.D. 2012).
Appellate reversal of damages on defamation claim on behalf of a large bank client; MyGallons LLC v. U.S. Bancorp, 2013 WL 2364592 (4th Cir. May 31, 2013).
Obtained dismissal of class claim regarding application of FDCPA to Summons and Complaint on behalf of a collection agency client; Jernigan v. Gen. Collection Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178397 (D. Neb. Nov. 15, 2013).
Obtained affirmance of district court ruling on behalf of a group of distributors; Insulate SB, Inc. v. Advanced Finishing Sys., 797 F.3d 538 (8th Cir. 2015).
Obtained reversal of district court decision and directing summary judgment in favor of bank client on nationally significant issue involving Ponzi scheme presumption; Finn v. Alliance Bank, 860 N.W.2d 638 (Minn. 2015).
Additional Representative Cases
Obtained dismissal of FDCPA class action claim arising from pre-default assignment on behalf of a billing service client; Diaz v. Viking Client Servs., 2016 WL 5796835 (D. Minn. Oct. 3, 2016).
Obtained summary judgment on claim by independent contractor to recover damages under Minnesota Human Rights Act for alleged harassment of another independent contractor of defendant; Krog v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, Court No. 14-cv-15-915 (D. Minn. Mar. 4, 2016).
Obtained reversal of district court’s class certification of FDCPA and state law consumer claims on behalf of a collection agency client; Powers v Credit Mgmt. Servs., 776 F.3d 567 (8th Cir. 2015).
Successfully resolved consumer class action asserting FACTA claim on behalf of a hotel client; Fouks v. Red Wing Hotel Corp., 2013 WL 6169209 (D. Minn. Nov. 21, 2013).
Part of litigation team who successfully defended credit union against antitrust and trademark claims; Fair Isaac Corp. v. Experian Info. Sols., Inc., No. 06-4112, 2010 WL 1875479 (D. Minn. May 10, 2010).
Successfully argued motion on behalf of a credit industry association to enjoin Minnesota Attorney General from enforcing a new state law that conflicted with FCRA; Consumer Data Industry Ass’n v. Swanson, 2007 WL 2219389 (D. Minn. July 30, 2007).
Obtained partial affirmance of district court order dismissal of state law claims involving use of credit scams to underwrite insurance, on behalf of an insurance company; Davenport v. Farmers Ins. Group, 378 F.3d 839 (8th Cir. 2004).
Honors & Awards