Daniel S. Morris
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Daniel Morris represents corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of commercial and corporate litigation matters nationwide. He has experience in the following areas:
- Business issues, including breach of contract, fraud, unfair trade, defamation, and other business torts;
- Intellectual property issues, including misappropriation of trade secrets, theft of electronic information, software and technology disputes, and telecommunications issues;
- Employment issues, including enforcement of non-compete and non-solicit agreements, unfair competition, and fiduciary duties; and
- Shareholder issues, including derivative actions, intra-corporate disputes, and oppression of minority shareholders.
Mr. Morris is also frequently consulted by clients concerning preventative counseling, data protection, and retention of document issues. He has significant experience in managing electronic discovery and forensic analysis of electronic evidence, and has experience utilizing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to limit litigation expense and exposure.
Mr. Morris was named a “Rising Star” among Pennsylvania lawyers under the age of 40 in the area of business litigation.
Mr. Morris is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law—Camden, where he served as Research Editor of the Rutgers Law Journal. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Villanova University.
Mr. Morris serves on Blank Rome’s Recruitment and Retention Committee and co-chaired the Summer Associate Program in 2014 and 2016.
- Telecommunications company in a trade secrets dispute; defeated $82 million contract and fraud claims following federal jury trial, and won sanctions and attorneys’ fees for destruction of evidence.
- Financial services company in software implementation and customization dispute with custom software developer; defeated a $170 million trade secrets lawsuit, and obtained a permanent injunction in federal court securing intellectual property rights, followed by contempt order for violations of injunction. Action was litigated in three courts, including Pennsylvania state and federal, and California federal court.
- Cyber school management and services provider; secured injunction protecting trade secret curriculum and confidential information.
- Medical devices manufacturer; prosecuted violations of non-compete and non-solicit agreements and theft of trade secrets and confidential information in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
- Minority shareholder in intra-corporate dispute with directors and officers of private pharmaceutical distributor; prosecuted derivative action in federal courts in New York and Georgia, and negotiated buyout of shares.
- Minority LLC member in dispute with Managing Member over distribution rights to custom software; compelled arbitration in an action filed in California state court, defeated request for stay of related litigation pending in Germany and proposed derivative claims for breach of fiduciary duty, and secured award for dissolution of LLC.
- Investor in a fraud action against derivatives trading website; secured verdict in California state court, upheld as a nondischargeable debt in federal bankruptcy proceedings in Texas, affirmed by Texas federal court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and review denied by U.S. Supreme Court
- Nation’s largest Vietnamese Buddhist organization; secured court order dissolving TRO in major property title dispute and handled bench trial in Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.
- Owner of undeveloped land in condemnation proceedings and related eminent domain lawsuit; obtained $12.9 million in compensation for a municipal taking in state court.
- Publicly-traded chemical company in contract dispute with distributor.
- IT company in dispute with management consulting firm.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Mr. Morris handles a number of pro bono cases each year on behalf of indigent clients. He was recognized by Blank Rome with its Pro Bono Award in 2014, and he has been named to the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor every year since 2011.
Mr. Morris also serves as a Barrister member of The University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court.