Whether I’m in the courtroom or taking on an obstacle course race, I embrace challenges. There are few things more rewarding than overcoming a roadblock and knowing I’ve done my best to help a client resolve a dispute through arbitration or litigation, when necessary.
Patrick Morris focuses his litigation and appellate practice on civil matters involving allegations of breaches of contract, torts, negligence, fraud and misrepresentation. He regularly represents clients in state and federal court, and has also represented clients in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and in administrative proceedings before various administrative bodies.
Patrick has helped clients resolve labor and employment claims involving employment discrimination, wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination, noncompete disputes, negligent hiring, retention and supervision. He also has experience handling claims involving unfair business practices, premises liability, vicarious liability, worker's compensation, quiet title, forcible entry and detainer.
During law school, Patrick served as an intern for the Honorable Bernice Donald, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and as an extern for the Honorable Diane Vescovo, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Additionally, he worked as an extern in the Louisiana Office of the Attorney General.
- Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University School of Law, J.D., 2014
- University of Tennessee, B.S. in Business Administration, 2010
- United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Areas of Practice
- Best Lawyers® Ones To Watch - Appellate Practice, 2021
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- American Bar Association
- National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Memphis Bar Association, Board of Directors
- Aurora Collegiate Academy, Board of Directors (Vice Chair, Governance Committee Chair)
- On brief in an interlocutory appeal to the Tennessee Court of Appeals and Tennessee Supreme Court, which addressed whether an employee may assert a private right of action against her employer under Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-2-107, referred to as the Tennessee Tip Statute, for the employer's failure to properly pay tips, gratuities and service charges.
- On brief in an appeal as of right to the Tennessee Court of Appeals addressing in part whether the Chancery Court of Shelby County, Tennessee complied with Tenn. R. Civ. P. 56.04 in granting summary judgment.
- Represented a financial advisor in arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) involving an industry dispute promissory note proceeding.
- Represented a client in an action for negligent breach of duty of a bailee in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia that arose out of damage sustained to the client's property while in the care of the bailee.
- Represented three corporations in a commercial arbitration before the American Arbitration Association involving claims against their payroll provider and its employee for breach of fiduciary duty, failure to monitor its employees and aiding and abetting conversion.
- Represented a student and parent in an administrative proceeding related to the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Represented a physician, tenured professor and member of a state Army National Guard in a federal and related administrative action involving claims arising under the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) related to the termination of his employment from his former practice group and related tenure termination proceedings from the state university.
- Represented owners or landlords of property in various Forcible Entry and Detainer actions in the General Sessions Court of Shelby County, Tennessee.
- Represented clients in actions to quiet title.