Benjamin J. Morris

Senior Counsel

Overview

Benjamin Morris is a senior counsel and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. He focuses his practice on representing owners, developers, engineers, lenders, contractors, subcontractors, and consultants throughout all phases of construction projects and construction litigation. Mr. Morris also handles business and complex litigation, including defense of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, unfair competition, and consumer class action claims. His commercial clients have included biopharmaceutical companies, consumer electronics manufactures, technology companies, consumer products companies, banks, and engineering and construction firms. He is a member of the firm’s Construction and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Morris was an associate with Fish & Richardson P.C. He has served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Patricia D. Benke of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One (2007) and as a law clerk in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office (2006).

Representative Experience

  • Representation of the receiver of a national electrical contractor in arbitration concerning the $1.3 billion dollar Utah Data Center constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers for the National Security Agency
  • Representation of the owner in litigation related to engineering and construction defects present in a major cathedral complex
  • Represented local non-profit church in defense of claims by general contractor for breach of contract during renovation project
  • Assisted a worldwide leader in architectural, engineering, planning and construction services in the development of a multi-million dollar claim measuring the cumulative impact of hundreds of owner imposed changes, delays and disruptions on a major public highway project
  • Obtained judgment against client’s subcontractor for significant additional costs incurred from subcontractor’s breach of contract and abandonment of project
  •  Full recovery of engineering client claims plus attorney fees after client wrongfully terminated for cause by owner 
  • Obtained TRO and preliminary injunction against former officer of California bioscience company when the officer abruptly disappeared with company computer and records amid investigation of financial irregularities. Obtained forensic evidence that the officer copied and then deleted files from the computer after being served with turnover order from the court

Recognition

Mr. Morris was selected for inclusion in the 2015,2016, and 2017 San Diego Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars list.

Education

Mr. Morris earned his degree, magna cum laude, from the California Western School of Law (J.D. 2008), where he served as editor-in-chief of the California Western Law Review and was an associate writer for the California Western International Law Journal. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. 2000).

Affiliations

Mr. Morris is a barrister in the Honorable William B. Enright Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Additionally, Mr. Morris is a member of the San Diego Chapter of both the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Federal Bar Association.

Admissions

Mr. Morris is admitted to practice in California, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California.

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