PHILLIP I MORSE LLC

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PHILLIP I MORSE,

YOUR TRUSTED AND DEDICATED ATTORNEY

Personal Note from Phillip.


“Justice" and "due process" are more than mere words to me; they were the cornerstones of my United States Department of Justice tenure representing the people of the United States and remain the cornerstones of my private practice representing individual citizens.

I am committed to excellence in and out of the courtroom satisfying the needs of my clients while upholding the deep-rooted laws of America’s judicial system.

 

COURT MEMBERSHIPS

PHILLIP IS LICENSED IN MISSOURI, MARYLAND AND MICHIGAN * HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTS FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND, WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA, EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI AND AS ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR OF THE UNITED STATES COURTS OF APPEAL FOR THE 3RD, 4TH, 5TH, 6TH, 7TH, 8TH AND 9TH CIRCUITS.**
HE HAS ALSO TRIED CASES IN KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE.

*INACTIVE MEMBER STATUS IN MARYLAND AND MICHIGAN ACTIVE STATUS ONLY IN MISSOURI.
**ORAL ARGUMENT WAIVED BY THE COURT IN THE 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS CASE WHICH DECIDED THE CASE ON THE BRIEFS IN FAVOR OF THE GOVERNMENT.

 

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

IN 1976 PHILLIP WAS A SUCCESSFUL TRIAL ATTORNEY FOR THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WHERE HE SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED THE UNITED STATES IN DISTRICT TRIAL AND APPELLATE COURTS THROUGHOUT THE U. S.


IN 1977, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL, GRIFFIN B. BELL, APPOINTED PHILLIP AS A SPECIAL ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY TO CHAIR A COMMITTEE IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA TO RESOLVE AN EXTREME BACKLOG OF BLACK LUNG CASES AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.  PHILLIP DRAFED A MODIFICATION OF THE FEDERAL LOCAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST  VIRGINIA, PRESENTED IT TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE WHO, AFTER HEARING ADOPTED THE CHANGES, WHICH HELPED TO DEPLETE THE HUGE BACKLOG OF CASES SAVING HUNDREDS OF JUDICIAL HOURS HEARING AND RULING ON MOTIONS FOR CONTINUANCES. 


IN 1979, ATTORNEY GENERAL BELL APPOINTED PHILLIP AS ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN WHERE HE SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED A WIDE RANGE OF VIOLATIONS OF TITLE 18, OF THE UNITED STATES CRIMINAL CODE, INCLUDING A VIABLE THREAT TO KILL A FORMER PRESIDENT DURING THE DEDICATION CEREMONIES OF THE GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM IN GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN, (DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS), A THIRTY-TWO MILLION DOLLAR EXTORTION PLOT TO POISON KELLOGG CEREAL COMPANY’S PRODUCTS ON STORE SHELVES IN FIVE LARGE METROPOLITAN CITIES (DEFENDANTS SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS). HE SUCCESSFULLY  PROSECUTED DRUG LORDS, GUN RUNNERS, WHITE COLLAR CRIMES INCLUDING MAIL, WIRE AND SECURITIES FRAUD, UNION FUNDS EMBEZZLEMENT BY IRON WORKERS UNION OFFICIALS, TAX EVASION AND WELFARE FRAUD.


AS ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY  HE ALSO SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES AND MAJOR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES (BEING HELD HARMLESS BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT) IN THE  SWINE FLU LITIGATION FILED BY HUNDREDS OF RECEPIENTS OF THE SWINE FLU VACCINE WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE SUFFERED VARIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS RESULTING FROM CONTAMINATED VACCINE, WHICH WAS MANUFACTURED AT THE BEHEST OF CONGRESS. HE SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED THE U. S. POSTAL SERVICE IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES. PHILLIP ALSO REPRESENTED THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN THE ACQUISITION OF SEVENTY-SEVEN THOUSAND ACRES COMPRISING TWENTY-ONE MILES OF LAKE MICHIGAN SHORELINE NOW CALLED "SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE". (A MUST VACATION DESTINATION, CLICK LINK AT BOTTOM OF THIS SITE). HE WAS APPOINTED ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW AT WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY'S GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS DURING HIS TENURE AT THE UNITED SATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.


IN 1984, PHILLIP WAS RECRUITED FOR A PARTNERSHIP IN A LARGE COMMERCIAL LITIGATION FIRM REPRESENTING FORTUNE 50 COMPANIES IN FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS IN MISSOURI.  HE LEFT THAT FIRM IN 1992 AND FORMED A SMALL LITIGATION FIRM REPRESENTING PLAINTIFFS IN PERSONAL INJURY, TO A LESSER EXTENT MEDICAL MALPRACTICE, WORKER'S COMPENSATION,  DOMESTIC RELATIONS, CRIMINAL MATTERS, WILLS AND TRUSTS AND LANDLORD-TENANT DISPUTES.

 

MORE THAN JUST AN ATTORNEY

PHILLIP HAS AN INCREDIBLE TRACK RECORD OF CONDUCTING SUCCESSFUL JURY AND BENCH TRIALS. HE ATTRIBUTES, IN PART, HIS SUCCESSES WITH JURIES TO HIS WIDE VARIETY OF EMPLOYMENT AND LIFE EXPERIENCES.


PHILLIP GREW UP WORKING WITH HIS FATHER AND OLDER BROTHER IN THE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE WORKED IN FINANCE, SALES AND AS A POLICE OFFICER IN MICHIGAN.  HE WAS DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY AND SERVED IN THE 529TH MILITARY POLICE HONOR GUARD COMPANY AND COMMANDER OF THE USAREUR COLOR GUARD AT THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES HEADQUARTERS IN HEIDELBERG, GERMANY. AFTER HIS HONORABLE DISCHARGE HE RETURNED TO THE CIVILIAN POLICE FORCE IN MICHIGAN.


IN 1969 PHILLIP ENROLLED AT WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY WHERE HE EARNED HIS BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN THREE YEARS.


IN 1972, HE WAS ACCEPTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL. HE IS ONE OF 20 FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS SELECTED BY THE DEAN TO ATTEND NOTRE DAME’S YEAR-ABROAD PROGRAM IN LONDON, ENGLAND FOR HIS 1973-74 SCHOOL YEAR. PHILLIP RECEIVED HIS J.D. DEGREE IN 1975.


INTERESTINGLY, HANGING NEXT TO HIS DIPLOMA IS A LETTER  FROM NOTRE DAME DATED THREE YEARS EARLIER  DENYING HIS ADMISSION WHICH IS SIGNED BY THE SAME DEAN THAT SIGNED HIS DIPLOMA.

PHILLIP HAS TWO SUCCESSFUL SONS, A HANDSOME GRANDSON IN HIGH SCHOOL AND TWO

BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTERS  ALL LIVING IN CALIFORNIA.

 

PRACTICE AREAS

GENERAL CIVIL LITIGATION

GENERAL CIVIL TRIAL PRACTICE INVOLVES RESOLVING CONFLICTS BETWEEN CORPORATIONS, INDIVIDUALS, INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS, LANDLORD/TENANT AND OTHER REAL ESTATE MATTERS. THIS PRACTICE REQUIRES THE ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE A FAIR RESULT FOR THE CLIENT BECAUSE OFTEN TIMES THE COST OF GOING TO TRIAL FAR EXCEEDS THE VALUE OF THE CASE. AFTER 40 YEARS IN AND OUT OF THE COURTROOMS PHILLIP HAS ACQUIRED THOSE NEGOTIATING SKILLS AND UNDERSTANDS THE RISK/BENEFIT RATIO OF SETTLEMENT VERSUS A TRIAL.

HE WILL NOT “WORK THE CASE” NEEDLESSLY POSSIBLY CREATING UNNECESSARY ATTORNEY’S FEES THAT DIMINISH THE SETTLEMENT VALUE OF THE CASE TO THE CLIENT ONLY TO SETTLE IT ON THE “COURTHOUSE STEPS”.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

IF YOU ARE DRAWN INTO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM YOU ARE IN DANGER; EVEN IF INNOCENT, YOU MUST RETAIN COMPETENT COUNSEL. CRIMINAL MATTERS MAY BE FROM “A MINOR IN POSSESSION” MISDEMEANOR TO A FELONY. IN EITHER CASE PHILLIP’S EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE CRIMINAL LAW GAINED BY HIS MANY YEARS AS A POLICE OFFICER AND THEN FEDERAL PROSECUTOR PROVIDES HIM WITH THE UNIQUE  EXPERTISE TO ESTABLISH A  WINNING  DEFENSE FOR HIS CLIENTS.

TRAFFIC/DWI/DUI/LEAVING THE SCENE

TRAFFIC MATTERS MAY BE SIMPLE OR COMPLEX. MAKE SURE YOU SELECT THE RIGHT ATTORNEY IF YOUR MATTER IS DWI, DUI, LICENSE SUSPENSION/REVOCATION, LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT OR OTHER SERIOUS VIOLATION. PHILLIP’S EXPERIENCE AS A POLICE OFFICER AND FEDERAL PROSECUTOR FULLY QUALIFIES HIM TO HANDLE THE COMPLEX AS WELL AS THE SIMPLE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS.

PERSONAL INJURY/WORKERS COMPENSATION/WRONGFUL DEATH

DO YOU HAVE BODILY INJURY FROM AUTO/TRUCK ACCIDENT OR HAVE YOU BEEN HURT ON THE JOB? PHILLIP IS READY TO HELP. HE HAS MANY YEARS OF LEGAL EXPERIENCE NEGOTIATING AND TRYING THESE CLAIMS WHICH HAS GIVEN HIM THE EXPERTISE TO PROVIDE HIS CLIENTS WITH THE NECESSARY INFORMATION THAT ENABLES THEM TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION AS TO WHETHER TO SETTLE THEIR CLAIM OR FILE A LAW SUIT.

CONTRACTS/SMALL BUSINESS MATTERS

ARE YOU STARTING A NEW BUSINESS OR ENTERING INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH SOMEONE? PHILLIP WILL MEMORIALIZE YOUR AGREEMENT INTO A BINDING WRITTEN CONTRACT AND FORM YOUR LLC FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

WILLS AND TRUSTS

NO MATTER THE SIZE OF ONE'S ESTATE OR THEIR AGE, THERE ARE VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS THAT MUST BE DRAFTED AND SIGNED BEFORE YOU BECOME UNABLE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN AFFAIRS. IT IS MORE THAN AGING THAT CAN DIMINISH YOUR MENTAL CAPACITY; FOR EXAMPLE, AN ACCIDENT, FALL OR STROKE CAN LEAVE YOU IN A COMA AFTER WHICH IT IS TOO LATE FOR EXECUTING WILLS, DURABLE GENERAL POWER OF ATTORNEY, DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTHCARE AND LIVING WILL DECLARATIONS. YOUR LOVED ONES WILL THEN BE REQUIRED TO FILE AN ACTION IN PROBATE COURT IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THE LEGAL RIGHT TO ACT ON YOUR BEHALF. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO AVOID COSTLY AND LONG PROBATE COURT PROCEEDINGS IF YOU PLAN AHEAD.

 
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