Harold Morlan - Of Counsel Walsh Banks Law

Harold “Hal” Morlan II

Of Counsel / Senior Trial Attorney

hal.morlan@walshbanks.com

Harold E. “Hal” Morlan II, is a civil trial lawyer with over 40 years of experience litigating a wide range of complex civil litigation matters, and trying jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts throughout Florida. Hal has acted as trial counsel for both individual and corporate clients. Hal often assists clients in risk management and loss-shifting strategies. Hal is intensely focused on innovating pragmatic, cost-effective, customized solutions to clients’ complex legal challenges.

Areas of Practice

  • Arbitration/Mediation/ADR
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Class Actions
  • Deceptive Trade Practices / Unfair Competition
  • Defamation & Privacy
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Property (Ad Valorem) Taxes
  • Trade Secrets
  • Surety Law
  • Toxic Torts / Asbestos.
  • Representative Experience

    • Served as Florida statewide litigation counsel for asbestos-related products manufacturers (steelmaking and refractory materials; building products; valve, turbine, pump, and marine equipment; friction products) handling hundreds of products liability asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death cases.
    • Representation of a major brokerage company in defense of state and federal ADEA/FCRA, FMLA, wrongful termination, and breach of employment contract claims.
    • Representation of a major valve manufacturer in defense of products liability wrongful death actions.
    • Representation of a design professional in sea wall collapse/construction case.
    • Representation of surety companies in major construction default and bankruptcy workout cases.
    • Representation of a regional bank in multi-million dollar check-kiting fraud case.
    • Representation of an engineering firm in suit for in excess of $5 million in damages for alleged breach of employment contracts and non-compete agreements and theft of trade secrets involving the design and construction of air traffic control towers.
    • Representation of an engineering design firm in multiple wrongful death suits alleging negligent highway design.
    • Representation of a major aircraft ground support service company in numerous ADEA/FLSA/Title VII discrimination suits.
    • Representation of a trustee in defective CRUT/federal income tax liability suit.
    • Representation of national toxicology laboratory in Non-Compete, Trade Secret and Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices litigation in Florida and Nevada.
    • Representation of a major fan manufacturer in multi-location fire loss products liability/indemnity suit.

    Education

    University of Florida College of Law

    • Doctor of Law (J.D.) – 1975

    Princeton University

    • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – 1973; Major: Public Policy Analysis,
    • Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Litigation Percentage

    • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation and Risk Management.

    Bar Admissions

    • Florida, 1976
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1976
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1981
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1981
    • U.S. Tax Court, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1987
    • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1990
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

    Professional Associations & Memberships

    • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Committee, Member; Litigation Section, Member; Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, Member
    • The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyer Section, Member; Client’s Security Fund Committee, Past Member
    • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Member
    • Defense Research Institute, Member
    • Orange County Bar Association, Member;
    • Orange County Bar Association Guardian Ad Litem Program for Abused/Neglected Children, Legal Aid Society, 1984 – Present
    • The George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of Court, Member
    • Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Orlando Program, Past Chair; Leadership Orlando Alumni Association, Past President;
    • Leadership Central Florida, Past (first) Chair
    • Christian Service Center of Central Florida, Inc., Past Secretary/Director
    • Women’s/Minority Business Enterprise Certification Board for the City of Orlando, Past Board Member
    • Share The Care, Inc., Founding Board Member/Officer 2002 – 2012, “Godfather” for Life
    • Quest, Inc., Board Member, 2008 – 2017

    Previous Professional Experience

    • Fisher Rushmer, P.A., Of Counsel, 2014-2017
    • Akerman LLP, Partner, 2003 – 2014
    • Morlan & Stovash, P.A., Partner, 1998 – 2003
    • Boroughs Bennett Morlan & Simpson, Partner, 1993 – 1998
    • Durkin & Morlan, P.A., Partner, 1989 – 1993
    • Baker & Hostetler, P.A., Partner, 1981 – 1989
    • Sanders, McEwan, Mims & McDonald, Associate, 1976 – 1981

    Awards and Honors

    • Orange County, FL Bar Association Guardian Ad Litem Award of Excellence, 2014
    • NITA – National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Diplomate, 1983
    • Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” Rating

    Downtown Orlando Office

    790 N. Orange Ave
    Orlando, FL 32801
    Phone: (407) 259-2426
    Toll Free: (866) 801-2636
    Fax: (407) 391-3626

    Metrowest Orlando Office

    7065 Westpointe Blvd., Ste 311
    Orlando, FL 32825
    Email: contact@walshbanks.com

    About

    Walsh Banks Law is a boutique law firm located in Orlando, Florida. We specialize in business law, real estate law and commercial litigation.