Texas Bar Card #10199300
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.