New York Litigation and Enforcement Attorney Ross Morrison att name

Ross E. Morrison


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Ross E. Morrison, a partner in the New York office of BuckleySandler LLP, represents financial services and other corporate clients in complex civil litigation, including trials, and government enforcement matters. Mr. Morrison is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) where he held the supervisory positions of Acting Chief Appellate Attorney and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney in the Civil Division.

On behalf of clients, Mr. Morrison handles investigations and enforcement matters and litigation involving claims of fraud, unfair business practices, and alleged violations of the False Claims Act, FIRREA, and criminal laws, among others. These matters often involve parallel federal regulatory and investigative agencies, and by leveraging his experience as a former AUSA, Mr. Morrison is able to offer insights into how the various agencies approach matters and develop effective legal strategies for clients that minimize risk and preserve business objectives.

Mr. Morrison has substantial litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels, and with government investigations and enforcement matters. During his nearly 11 years as an AUSA, he tried numerous cases before juries and the bench, and argued countless substantive motions in a wide variety of matters, including fraud, tax, bankruptcy, civil rights, criminal, constitutional and employment discrimination cases. He represented the United States in more than a dozen appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as Acting Chief and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney reviewed government appellate briefs, prepared AUSAs for oral argument and served as a point of contact with the Justice Department. In addition, Morrison led investigations of entities and individuals accused of engaging in financial or other fraud and violating the False Claims Act and criminal laws.

Mr. Morrison’s significant matters at the U.S. Attorney’s Office included successfully presenting arguments in the district court and Second Circuit that the Associated Press was not entitled to access to a clemency petition filed by John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban”; successfully presenting arguments that the Department of Defense could reassign during trial the military defense lawyers assigned to defend accused terrorist Ahmed Ghailani; and successfully defeating claims against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office concerning its issuance of patents related to human genes that correlate with an increased incidence of breast cancer. In addition, Mr. Morrison received a number of awards during his tenure as an AUSA, including a 2010 Director’s Honor Award from the United States Secret Service for his successful defense at a jury trial of two agents accused of constitutional violations, and a 2009 Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence for his work in obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement in a False Claims Act case.

After leaving the government in mid-2011 to enter private practice, Mr. Morrison was Counsel at a New York litigation boutique with primary responsibility for all aspects of various commercial and financial-services related litigations in a national litigation practice. From 1995 until 2000, Mr. Morrison was an associate at a large New York law firm where he concentrated in commercial and employment litigation.

Mr. Morrison serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, and also has taught at Cardozo Law School. He graduated from Harvard Law School (cum laude), and received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University (Phi Beta Kappa). After law school, Mr. Morrison clerked for federal district court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York.

Significant Representations

Awards & Recognition

  • United States Secret Service 2010 Director's Honor Award
  • 2009 Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Award