Orrick’s Morty Dubin Named AmLaw’s Litigator of the Week
Morton is a first chair trial lawyer who excels at developing innovative defenses and themes that influence other defense lawyers. Morton is a leader of the Orrick team serving as national asbestos counsel to Union Carbide Corporation, responsible for developing and coordinating the company’s national scientific and medical defense. He has tried and won complex cases throughout the United States for Union Carbide and The Dow Chemical Company, often in difficult jurisdictions with significant financial or reputational harm at stake.
As lead counsel for Johnson & Johnson, Morton has won two complete defense verdicts in cases involving claims that asbestos in the company's talcum powder caused mesothelioma. In the first case to go to trial, Morton's victory was named one of the Top Defense Verdicts of 2017 by the Daily Journal. In 2019 following a four week trial in New Jersey state court, the jury returned a 6-0 verdict after deliberating for less than 25 minutes. In recognition, Morton was named an American Lawyer Litigator of the Week, and a Law 360 Legal Lion.
In addition to his product liability work, Morton is experienced as a first chair trial lawyer in accountants' liability and securities matters, and has represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in actions alleging securities fraud and audit malpractice in connection with a hedge fund collapse.
Chambers USA recognizes Morton for being "an experienced mass torts litigator with a particular strength in asbestos related matters." Clients interviewed by Chambers described him as the "smartest man in the room," "one of the top trial lawyers for our company," and "one of the best defense trial lawyers in the country in terms of mass torts." He also was named a BTI Client Service All-Star in 2018, selected by top legal decision makers at leading companies.
Some of his notable engagements include: