Cecilia H. Morgan, Esq.

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Construction Defect

At the beginning of her law practice in 1977, Cecilia H. Morgan, Esq. practiced in North Dallas during a construction boom. She donned a hard hat to represent homeowners, homeowners’ associations, real estate developers, banks, mortgage companies, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, highway contractors, and engineers. One water treatment plant construction project where she represented the general contractor involved a multi-day AAA arbitration and nine lawsuits in both state and federal court.

Since 1994 she has devoted her practice to mediation and arbitration of these same disputes. She has successfully mediated with the multiple relevant parties in construction disputes involving a wide range of construction related issues such as condemnation, eminent domain, ad valorem taxation, homeowners associations, purchase and sales, construction defect, mold, architecture, engineering, environmental issues and environmental underground storage. She understands the interrelationship between the parties, studies the contract documents, plans, specifications, the critical path, and helps the parties assess the responsibility for delays and construction defect. She has arbitrated over 75 cases after site visits to assess roof hail damage, foundation claims, plumbing leaks, and wrongful termination of contract on both residential and commercial sites.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitration of a dispute between the architect, owner, and excavation contractor, after excavation of a high-rise, when financing was withdrawn
  • Arbitration of over 50 hail damage claims all over Texas including Abilene, Dallas, Garland, Hereford, Houston, Killeen, Longview, Lubbock, Plano, and San Antonio
  • Mediation of a dispute over a multi-million dollar performance bond when the general contractor was insolvent and the government released the retainage at 80% completion
  • Mediation of rescission of a home purchase after the discovery of mold and water damage concealed by a homeowner’s redo
  • Mediation of the remodel of a multi-million dollar home where the contractor was fired before punchout

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Assoc. (2004-2015); Texas Mediator Credentialing Assoc. Board (2010-2012)
  • 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), College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Assoc., State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Assoc., and Plano Bar Assoc.
  • 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 Energy Law Section (2014-2016)
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law (Spring, 2013; Spring, 2014; Spring 2015; Spring 2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rated since 1988

Background and Education

  • 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
  • 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 five continents and is culturally sensitive to many different customs and religions

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