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:

    • Union Carbide Corporation. Morton represents Union Carbide Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company) as national counsel for its asbestos litigation. In that role, he is responsible for the development and coordination of national trial strategy, as well as supervision of trials throughout the United States. He also frequently serves as trial counsel for the corporation's most challenging cases. 
    • The Dow Chemical Company. Morton has represented The Dow Chemical Company in a variety of product, environmental and commercial liability matters, including the defense of groundwater contamination claims brought by the Suffolk County Water Authority, as well as individual cases arising from alleged exposures to TCE/TCA, MDI, vinyl chloride and hydrogen chloride.    
    • Johnson & Johnson. As lead defense counsel, Morton has won two defense verdicts in cases alleging that asbestos contamination of the company’s talc products caused mesothelioma. Orrick serves as national counsel to J&J for hundreds of talcum powder liability cases involving alleged asbestos contamination.
    • Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. Morton settled a trade secret misappropriation case for Tekmira in Massachusetts state court. Tekmira alleged that Alnylam had misappropriated Tekmira's secret RNAi delivery and manufacturing technology, including by applying for patents on technology developed by Tekmira and by passing off Tekmira's technology as its own.
    • Princeton Note Plaintiffs. Morton was a member of the Orrick team that represented five Japanese corporations in a complex civil RICO and common law fraud lawsuit against Republic New York Corporation, Republic National Bank of New York and Republic New York Securities Corporation that centered around the sale of so-called "Princeton Notes" by Martin Armstrong in the United States.
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Morton was trial counsel in Serino v. Lipper (New York Supreme Court), which centered upon allegations of accounting malpractice. He also represented Deloitte & Touche LLP in an action brought in Connecticut by the insurer of Conning Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Conning & Company.
    • Brooklyn In Touch. Morton obtained a jury verdict in favor of Brooklyn In Touch in an employment action involving allegations of discrimination and breach of contract.

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