Gary Morrell

Gary 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
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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: 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).

Classes/seminars taught

  • 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).

Leagal publications

  • 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).

Bar membership

  • Member: Memphis Bar Association.