Steve Morris has experience in all areas of commercial contract and tort litigation, including real estate and securities based financing, corporate restructuring, class and derivative actions involving the issuance, sale, and value of securities under Nevada and federal statutes; insurance coverage; construction performance and defect; public utility rate making; antitrust; trademark disputes; defamation, SLAPP, and First Amendment litigation; and all manner of disputes subject to arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act or the Uniform Arbitration Act. He has been named one of “The Best Lawyers in America” for more than 25 years by Best Lawyers® and is currently listed as a Best Lawyer® in Commercial, Construction, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate Litigation. The Best Lawyers® publication named him Las Vegas’ “2014 Lawyer of the Year” for Intellectual Property and Real Estate Litigation, “2012 Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Litigation and “2011 Lawyer of the Year” in “Bet-the-Company Litigation.” Mr. Morris has also received the highest ranking available by Chambers USA and has been recognized as one of Nevada’s Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation. Mr. Morris was also voted one of the 2013 Top 10 Super Lawyers in Nevada.
Mr. Morris was one of MGM Grand’s lead counsel in defense of MGM following the 1980 fire (MDL 453), and in the successful business interruption/property damage insurance coverage litigation that followed during the next several years. He represented Hilton Hotels Corp. following the fire that closed the Las Vegas Hilton in 1981 to obtain insurance coverage and settlement of the case; American Pacific Corporation several years later in its successful jury defense of a federal securities fraud class action; Microsoft in its successful defense of a state-law based antitrust suit; and Albert D. Seeno Construction Co. in its litigation with its insurers and the contractor responsible for a multi-million dollar class action tort award against the company in Reno, Nevada, which Mr. Morris was hired post-verdict to resolve.
Steve Morris has also successfully represented pharmaceutical companies and automobile and aircraft manufacturers in product disputes; hospitals in acquisition/disposition actions; MGM Resorts International and its affiliates in a variety of commercial disputes, including litigation arising out of construction problems at CityCenter; Harrah’s Entertainment in artist performance contract disputes; Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Co. (now NV Energy) in administrative rate challenges and in contract and tort lawsuits; Southwest Gas Co. in a failed merger dispute; residential community developers contesting fraudulently-filed mining claims; and other individuals and entities in all manner of litigated disputes, particularly before juries.
- LL.B, University of Texas, 1968
- B.A., University of Nevada, Reno
- Nevada Supreme Court
- United States District Court for the District of Nevada
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS
- Best Lawyers in America – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial, Construction, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate Litigation
- Mountain States Super Lawyer
- Litigation Star – Benchmark Litigation
- Band 1 (Nevada) – Chambers and Partners
- Rose Commission (Nevada Supreme Court) on the Structure and Organization of the Nevada Judiciary
- The Nevada Supreme Court Committee to Evaluate the Feasibility of a Commercial Court for Nevada
- Lawyer Representative to Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
- Board of Governors for the State Bar of Nevada.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- American Law Institute (Member, Advisory Committee on Complex Litigation)
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Nevada
- Clark County Bar Association
- “Current Discovery Disputes,” and “Ethical Conflicts Facing Litigators” for Civil Practice and Litigation in Federal & State Courts, ALI/ABA, 1987 to 2008 (program discontinued).
- Co-reporter/principal draftsman of Nevada Supreme Court Rules 99-119 (rules for dealing with alleged lawyer misconduct).
- Chair and co-drafter of Nevada Supreme Court Rules 150-203 (Rules of Professional Conduct), 1998-2005 (predecessor to Nevada Model Rules of Professional Conduct).
- Faculty Member, University of Texas School of Law, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program
- ALI/ABA video panelist, “Dealing with the SOB Litigator.”
- ALI/ABA “Civil Practice and Litigation in Federal and State Courts,” 1987 to 2008.