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Morton is a first chair trial lawyer who excels at developing innovative defense themes and communicating complex scientific and technical evidence to jurors. In recognition of his successful experience trying cases throughout the United States, Morton has been inducted by his peers into the elite American College of Trial Lawyers. Clients interviewed by Chambers USA have described Morton has "one of the best defense trial lawyers in the country in terms of mass torts" and he has been selected by top legal decision-makers as a BTI Client Service All-Star.
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. Morton was a member of the Orrick team that successfully defended Union Carbide corporation at trial against a $4 billion fraud lawsuit brought by Kelly-Moore Paint Company in Texas state court.
As counsel for Johnson & Johnson, Morton has won three complete defense verdicts in cases in less than two year 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 California 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 Law360 Legal Lion. Later the same year, Morton again scored a victory for the client with another defense verdict returned in less than one hour after a multi-week trial.
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.
Some of his notable engagements include: