Ms. Morgan is available to conduct virtual mediations, arbitrations and other ADR proceedings on Zoom and other online platforms.
Cecilia H. Morgan converted her business litigation practice to a full time ADR practice and joined JAMS in 1994. Ms. Morgan's private law practice consisted of representation of private parties in complex business litigation in both state and federal courts beginning in 1977.
Since 1991, Ms. Morgan has arbitrated over 900 cases. She relishes the opportunity to decide complex issues with significant economic consequences. She shapes the arbitration process with the parties' input during the pre-arbitration conferences and manages the hearing to discern the relevant facts, to decide the pertinent law and to balance the equities. Her goal is to write "bullet-proof" awards. Her rulings have been upheld by district and appellate courts in both the State and Federal systems.
She has conducted arbitrations under the JAMS, AAA, and FINRA Rules, as well as rules devised by the parties. She has conducted high-low, mock, baseball, night baseball, and advisory arbitrations. Prior to joining JAMS, she was on the Dallas AAA panel. She is also a member of the FINRA arbitration panel, as well as a frequent speaker on topics such as "Managing the Arbitration Process."
- Health Care. Numerous cases involving payee/payor, doctor-business divorces, etc.
- Business Divorce. Case referred by state court under arbitration, rules devised by the parties. Professional partnership dissolution involving division of equipment, lease obligations, accounts receivable.
- Collections and Lender Liability. 2001, Lennox Investment Corp. and Knox County Partners, Ltd. vs. Bank of America, N.A. - Petitioner's Motion to vacate arbitration award denied. Lennox Investment Corp. and Knox County Partners, Ltd. vs. Bank of America, N.A., 2002 WL 979563 (Tex.App.-Dallas May 14, 2002) (NO. 05-00-01752-CV)
- Collections and Class Actions. Arbitrated multi-million dollar real estate foreclosure action pending in two North Carolina state courts involving class action claims for fraud and negligent misrepresentation.
- Construction/Construction Defect. Case referred from state court by party selection under AAA Construction Rules. Arbitration of a dispute between the architect, the excavating company, and the owner over a failed project.
- Employment. 1998-2000, Olen Lovell, Petitioner, vs. Harris Methodist Health System, et al., Respondents - Petitioner's Motion to vacate arbitration award denied. Olen Lovell, Petitioner vs. Harris Methodist Health System, et al., Respondents, 235 F.3d 1339 (5th Cir. (Tex.) October 16, 2000).
- Employment/Nonsubscriber. Arbitrated numerous nonsubscriber employee on-the-job injury claims.
- Hospitality/Hotel and Large Retail. Arbitrated numerous matters involving business disputes.
- Real Estate. Case referred by state court under AAA rules between seller, purchaser, lender, and title company over failed closing involving a simultaneous "flip" of property.
- African American Farmers Disputes. In late 1999 and early 2000, Ms. Morgan arbitrated over 425 disputes in Timothy Pigford, et al. vs. Dan Glickman, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture, Civil Action No. 97-1978 (PLF), and Cecil Brewington, et al. vs. Dan Glickman, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture, Civil Action No. 98-1693 (PLF). In each dispute, Ms. Morgan rendered her written decisions after reviewing the claims submitted by the parties and the rebuttals submitted by the appropriate office of the USDA or other federal agency. In some instances, the written reports were accompanied by voluminous attachments supporting the parties’ allegations or the rebuttals of the responding federal agency.
- Asbestos. One of 15 arbitrators from across the U.S. to arbitrate property claims in Celotex bankruptcy.
- Dalkon Shield Arbitrations. In 1996-1997, Ms. Morgan arbitrated over 125 cases between the Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust and individual claimants as part of the A. H. Robins Plan of Reorganization ADR plan. She conducted hearings in New York, Virginia, Indiana, Louisiana, and Texas. These were high and low arbitrations with a maximum award of $20,000 per claimant and a low of zero. This ADR program required the issuance of reasoned written opinions within twenty days of the live evidentiary hearings.
- Member, Roster of Mediators, American Health Law Association (AHLA), 2021-2022
- D Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution / Mediation Category, Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2013-2020
- Repeat Guest Lecturer, “Why Ethics in Negotiations Count,” Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Oil & Gas Contracts Class, February 2019; February 2020
- Steve Brutsché Award, Association of Attorney-Mediators, 2019
- Best Lawyer, Arbitration and/or Mediation Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2022
- Lawyer of the Year for Mediation in Dallas/Fort Worth, Arbitration and Mediation Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2018
- Lawyer of the Year for Arbitration in Dallas/Fort Worth, Arbitration and Mediation Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
- Lawyer of the Year for Mediation in Dallas, Mediation Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2012
- Top Lawyer in Dispute Resolution, D Magazine, 2013-2018
- Super Lawyer, Texas Super Lawyers by Thompson Reuters, 2012-2019
- Justice Frank G. Evans Award for Outstanding Contribution to Texas ADR, State Bar of Texas ADR Section, 2010
- Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Assoc. (2004-present); Texas Mediator Credentialing Assoc. Board (2010-2012)
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2018-present); Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (1992-present); Life Patron Fellow, Dallas Bar Assoc. Foundation (member, 1991-present)
- Fellow (2012-present), 5th Circuit Credentials Committee member (2016 to present), College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
- Member, American Bar Assoc., State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Assoc., and Plano Bar Assoc.
- Admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the United States Courts of Appeal, Fifth Circuit
- Member (1991-present), Immediate Past Chair (2008-2009), Chair (2007-2008), Chair Elect (2006-2007), Treasurer (2004-2006) and Council Member (2003-2009), State Bar of Texas ADR Section
- State Bar of Texas ADR Section Representative to Texas Mediator Credentialing Assoc. (2009-2012)
- Council Member (2005-2012), Vice Chair (2010), Chairman (2011), Immediate Past Chair (2012), Dallas Bar Assoc. Labor and Employment Law Section
- Member, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Section (2014-2016)
- Member, Dallas Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Antitrust and Business Litigation Section, Construction Law Section, Health Law Section, Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section, Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section
- Member, JAMS Foundation Board (2017-present)
- American Health Lawyers Association ADR Dispute Resolver (2007-present)
- Member, Center for American and International Law’s Institute for Energy Law (2014-2019)
- Adjunct Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law (Spring, 2013-2017)
- Member, Local Organizing Committee for the Global Pound Conference Series, Austin, Texas (January, 2017)
- Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Introduction to International Arbitration (2012)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated since 1988
- A former commercial litigator, Ms. Morgan has tried and argued cases from the trial courts to the Texas Supreme Court, the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court
- Completion of all Texas statutory requirements to act as mediator in all types of cases, i.e., forty classroom hours of training in dispute resolution techniques and twenty-four hours of training in the fields of family dynamics, child development, and family law including a minimum of four hours of family violence dynamics training (2018)
- Negotiation, mediation, and advanced mediation courses, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, 1991-2010
- Mediation and negotiation courses, Harvard Law School, 1992
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Introduction to International Arbitration, 2012
- College of the State Bar of Texas
- J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law
- Phi Delta Phi
- National Order of Barristers
- B.A., (Mass Communications), Abilene Christian University
- Extensive travel with two trips around the world including one in 2013 covering ten countries in 73 days; has traveled six continents and is culturally sensitive to many different customs and religions
- “I greatly appreciate Cecilia’s hard work as well as the work of the others involved. This was an excellent mediation.”
- “We were very pleased with the service. Cecilia is always an excellent choice”
- “Cecilia is great, and is one of my go-to mediators."
- Class Action/Mass Tort
- Construction Defect
- Financial Markets
- Governmental/Public Agency
- Health Care
- Higher Education & Title IX
- Intellectual Property
- Personal Injury/Torts
- Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort
- Professional Liability
- Real Property
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