Harold Morlan - Senior Trial Counsel Walsh Banks Law

Harold “Hal” Morlan II

Senior Trial Counsel

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

  • 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 (steel making 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.

Professional Associations & Memberships

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