GARY K. MORRELL
Fax: (901) 522-0053
Areas of Practice
- Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Litigation;
- Personal Injury Litigation;
- Wrongful Death Litigation.
Licensures and admissions to practice
- Tennessee, 1980;
- Arkansas, 2006;
- U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1980;
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1981.
Honors and awards
- Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers.
- Listed in The Best Lawyers In America Directory, Woodward/White, in each edition (1994 through present date), in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Law.
- “AV” peer review rated (highest category) by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory in each edition from 1991 through the present date.
- Included in Mid-South Super Lawyers Directory: (for Personal Injury and/or Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice litigation).
- Best Lawyers In America, 2012 Memphis Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs’ Lawyer of the Year.
- Selected by Peer Recognition among “Best Attorneys in Tennessee,” as listed in Best Lawyers publication, January 2013.
- The Daily News (Memphis, 1/8/09), “Morrell Honored for Work In Malpractice, Personal Injury Law.”
- Daily News (Memphis, 4/22/10), “Morrell Named Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers.”
Recoveries, settlements, jury verdicts
Plaintiffs’ Counsel for Recoveries Obtained in the Range of $65,000,000.
Million Dollar Jury Verdicts against health care professionals, including:
- Gribble v. Memphis Cancer Center ($2,500,000 jury verdict for wrongful death of housewife in Arkansas, where defendant negligently failed to irradiate a post-lumpectomy patient);
- Bradford v. LeBonheur Hospital ($1,000,000 jury verdict in Memphis, Tennessee, for the wrongful death of a 3 year old child, where a hospital’s emergency department failed to diagnose/treat patient’s infectious disease).
Medical Malpractice recoveries at or about the multi-seven figure range:
- Brain damage and wrongful death from failing to relieve excessive intra- cranial pressure following brain surgery;
- Wrongful death for failing to diagnose/treat cervical cancer in timely manner;
- Brain damage from anesthesiologist’s premature extubation of patient;
- Wrongful death for failing to diagnose/treat skin cancer in a timely manner;
- Brain damage from failing to treat post-operative bleeding in timely manner.
- Wrongful death for failure to diagnose/treat in a timely manner
Education, law school and law reveiw
Memphis State University School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee
- J.D. – 1980;
- Graduated in top 2%-3%;
- Law Review: Memphis State Law Review, Member of Editorial Board and Associate Editor, 1979 – 1980;
- Law Review: Memphis State Law Review, Member of Law Review, 1977 – 1980.
University of Tennessee, Martin
- B.S. – 1973.
FEDERAL JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP
- Federal Judicial Clerkship: U.S. District Court, W.D. Tennessee, 1980 – 1981; Law Clerk to the Honorable Odell Horton (also serving by designation on U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 6/81).
- Presentation of Medical Malpractice Mock Trials in Knoxville, Nashville, Tri-Cities and Memphis, Tennessee;
- Seminars presented to Doctors, Nurses, Residents and Health Care Personnel on Professional Liability and Risk Management in Memphis, Nashville and Jackson, Tennessee;
- Lectured at Legal Seminars on the following subjects: Medical Malpractice; Trial Practice and Civil Litigation; Wrongful Death; Personal Injury; Expert Testimony; Cross-Examination of Experts and Witnesses; Damages; Jury Voir Dire.
Academic awards and scholarships
- Academic Award: Memphis State Law Alumni Scholarship Award, 1979.
- Recipient: West Publishing Company Hornbook Award; Corpus Juris Secundum Award; U.S. Law Week Award; American Jurisprudence Awards (in various areas of the law).
- Author: Negligence” Tortfeasors Owe a Duty of Care to a Child That was Not Conceived When its Mother was Wrongfully Injured,” 8 Memphis State Law Review 685 (1978).
- Member: Memphis Bar Association.