Texas Bar Card #10199300
Cecilia H. Morgan is an ADR professional with JAMS. Starting in 1991, she converted from a business litigation practice to a full time ADR practice when she 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, she has administered, mediated, facilitated and arbitrated numerous mass party cases with a keen appreciation of the volatility of these emotional and hotly contested disputes. She understands the complexities of multiple party cases and assists the parties in devising creative solutions while recognizing the competing economic interests of businesses and individual claimants. Negotiation with her holds the potential for an efficient, private, harmonious, fair and economic resolution of a broad range of grievances.
- Fair Labor Standards Act Collective Actions. Has mediated several collective actions including one with 3,000+ plaintiffs from five different states requiring interpretation of federal claims as well as state claims.
- 52 Passenger School Bus Accident Mediations. In May 1996, Ms. Morgan conducted 48 mediations arising out of a school bus accident in South Texas. All cases except two were resolved at the time of the mediation hearings. Ms. Morgan worked with the trial court, numerous plaintiff counsels, 48 ad litem counsel and one defense counsel to design a process to fairly compensate each child from a limited insurance policy. Present at the mediation of each child's case were parents, plaintiff's counsel, ad litem counsel, defense counsel, the insurance adjuster, and in some instances, the children. Many hearings were conducted in Spanish.
- Asbestos Mediations. Beginning in June of 2015, Ms. Morgan has conducted mediation sessions involving the Asbestos Settlement Trusts. She has mediated 14 asbestos dockets as ordered by the 44th, 68th and 162nd Judicial District Courts and the County Courts at Law for Dallas County all involving disputes surrounding the effects of exposure to asbestos.
- Breast Implant Facilitation. In 1995, Ms. Morgan was appointed as one of thirty individuals from across the country to present a settlement offer from several product manufacturers to claimants. The presentation, which she designed and conducted in Dallas, was subsequently used as the prototype for presentations across the country. Recognizing the highly sensitive and confidential nature of the settlement information, she was designated to deal with the news media present. After over forty presentations, she acted as the "trouble shooter" and answered questions that arose from claimants after the fact.
- Dalkon Shield Arbitrations. In 1996-97, 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.
- Asbestos Property Claims Arbitrations. Ms. Morgan arbitrated numerous remediation property claims involving asbestos removal arising out of the Celotex Trust bankruptcy.
- 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.