Wayne Morse, Jr.

Wayne Morse is an A-V rated lawyer (Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating) and has been selected to Alabama Super Lawyers for his work in business, employment and civil litigation. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts throughout the South. He is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, which honors experienced trial lawyers and litigators, and a Fellow, American Bar Foundation. Within the Litigation Counsel of America, he has been tapped into two elite honoraries, the Order of Justitia and the Order of Certus, based on his winning trial and appellate records. He has been recognized as one of Birmingham's "Top Attorneys" in a vote by other attorneys.

Morse has represented a wide variety of clients, corporate, government and individual, from financial institutions to law firms, from fired government employees to persons involved in will contests, from business executives involved in employment disputes to hospitals investigating gender harassment. The cases he has handled cover a wide range of subject matters, including, but not limited to fraud, business torts, insurance coverage, bad faith denial of insurance claims, federal and state employment matters, RICO, civil rights violations, legal malpractice, personal injury and antitrust. Although Morse purposefully has not specialized or limited his practice, he has spent considerable time focusing on commercial, civil rights and employment litigation. Morse has extensive experience representing clients in numerous Title VII, age and disability discrimination, Family Medical Leave Act, and ERISA cases. He represented the City of Tarrant, Alabama before the Supreme Court of the United States in an important civil rights case, and has also litigated in the Supreme Courts of Alabama and Tennessee and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Morse has devoted time to pro bono cases. He has been a faculty member of the Bibb Allen Trial Academy. His father was a highly decorated Marine who served the United States in two wars.

Highlights

Trial counsel for an estate in complex civil litigation against one of Alabama's largest private companies in case alleging business torts.

Trial counsel in several class actions.

Author of the chapter “Opening Statement” in a book published by the American Bar Association and First Chair Press: Trying Your First Case: A Practitioner’s Guide (2014).

2014

Obtained a judgment in favor of a large Alabama municipality in a wrongful death lawsuit alleging police negligence.

Successfully defended private corporation in a fraud lawsuit.

2013

Argued before the Eleventh Circuit

After three days of trial, obtained a confidential settlement for a plaintiff in a wrongful death case.

2012

After a week-long trial, obtained favorable judgment for a minority shareholder against one of Alabama's largest private companies. Commercial case involving claims of oppression and conversion.

Represented large minerals company in Eleventh Circuit Court appeal over enforceability of requirements contract.

Counsel of record for Amicus Curiae and author of two briefs, one for the petition and another on the merits, in support of Cory R. Maples in Cory R. Maples v. Kim Thomas, 2012 U.S. LEXIS 905 (Jan. 18, 2012) (holding in favor of Maples).

Obtained a judgment in favor of Georgia law firm in federal district court sitting in Alabama.

Obtained significant confidential settlement in favor of Alabama business policyholder against insurance company.

2011

Obtained affirmance in Eleventh Circuit of judgment in favor of a law firm, Roger Shuler v. Ingram & Associates, 441 Fed. Appx. 712 (11th Cir. 2011).

Obtained a judgment for an employer in a retaliatory discharge lawsuit against an employer.

Obtained dismissal of putative class action against City of Birmingham alleging civil rights violations because Municipal Court Magistrates were allegedly inadequately trained.

Obtained a verdict and judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit in favor of a forestry management company accused of negligently performing an urban forestry management plan.

2010

Litigation and trial counsel for public agency in FLSA lawsuits involving more than 50 plaintiffs.

Obtained judgment for national law firm in legal malpractice lawsuit..

Prevailed in three appeals before the Supreme Court of Alabama.

Obtained a defense judgment for Birmingham law firm in Fair Debt Collections Practices Act lawsuit.

Successfully defended a Board of Education in two Title VII lawsuits.

Successfully defended a bank against claims of fraud in connection with loan commitments.

Successfully defended an Alabama Fire District in case involving catastrophic injuries.

Successfully defended a private paramedic company in wrongful death case of teen's cardiac arrest.


Areas Of Practice
Business and Commercial Law
Business Organizations
Education Law
Employment Law

Bar Admissions
Alabama and Tennessee; Supreme Court of the United States; United States
Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Courts for the Northern, 
Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama; United States Tax Court.
Education
Samford University, J.D., 1976 (Phi Delta Phi); Birmingham-Southern College; B.S., 1972 (Omicron Delta Kappa).

 Professional Honors
Highest possible rating, AV, by Martindale-Hubbell
Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (an honor society for experienced and effective litigators and trial lawyers)
Council on Litigation Management
Dean's Cabinet, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law 
Named one of region's "Top Attorneys" by Birmingham magazine; Master of the Bar in Birmingham Inns of Court.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Alabama State Bar
Birmingham Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Rotary Club of Birmingham
Newcomen Society; Honored for fund raising and support for Multiple Sclerosis.
  
Representative Matters
Cory R. Maples v. Kim T. Thomas, 2012 U.S. LEXIS (Jan. 18, 2012)
Jefferson v. City of Tarrant, Ala., 118 S. Ct. 481 (1997)
Williams v. City of Northport, Ala., 498 U.S. 822 (1990)
Roger Shuler v. Ingram & Associates, 441 Fed. Appx. 712 (11th Cir. 2012)
Gardner v. Bell, 170 Fed. Appx.  661  (11th Cir. 2006)
Hawthorne v. Mac Adjustment, Inc., 140 F.3d 1367 (11th Cir. 1998) 
Shuler v. Ingram & Associates, LLC,  710 F.Supp.2d 1213 (N.D. Ala.2010)
Andalusia Enterprises v. Evanston Ins., 487 F. Supp. 2d 1290 (N.D. Ala. 2007)
C.D. Lott v. C. & W. Trucking, Inc., 15 F. Supp. 2d 1167 (M.D. Ala. 1997)
Wade v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage, 994 F. Supp. 1369 (N.D. Ala. 1997)
General Agents Ins. Co. of Am., Inc. v. Compton, 921 F. Supp. 716 (N.D. Ala. 1996)
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. v. Integrated Medical Systems, Inc., 808 So. 2d 999 (Ala. 2001)
City of Tarrant, Ala. v. Jefferson, 682 So. 2d 29 (Ala. 1996)
Ex parte Jordan, 592 So. 2d 579 (Ala. 1992)
Consolidated Pipe and Supply Co., Inc. v. Stockham Valves and Fittings, Inc., 365 So. 2d 968 (Ala. 1978)
Smith v. North River Ins. Co., 360 So. 2d 313 (Ala. 1978)
State ex rel. Locke v. Sweeney, 349 So. 2d 1147 (Ala. 1977)
 Lewis v. Moss, 347 So. 2d 91 (Ala. 1997)
Barfield v. General Steel Tank Co., 370 So. 2d 1005 (Ala. Civ. App. 1979)
Davis v. Davis, 365 So. 2d 80 (Ala. Civ. App. 1978).

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