Prior to working with Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Morris served as Senior Counsel for First American Bankshares in Washington, DC. Mr. Morris has also worked in the Office of General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Systematic Division, and in the Office of General Counsel at the National Labor Relations Board Appellate Court Branch, both in Washington, DC. Additionally, Mr. Morris clerked for Justice John D. Butzner at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Mr. Morris served as lead counsel in more than 30 class actions involving discrimination and wage and hour claims. Mr. Morris originated and was co-lead counsel on one of the largest class action age discrimination cases in US history, which settled for $58.5 million. In Velez v. Novartis Pharms. Corp. Grant won a $250 million award, the largest recovery in US history. He also a secured $99 million settlement on behalf of the class in one of the largest wage and hour settlements in US history (In re Novartis Wage & Hour Litigation). Mr. Morris has assisted various branches of the NAACP across the country, including its national office, in reviewing and litigating discrimination complaints.
Mr. Morris was previously given the Outstanding Litigator Award by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He graduated from George Washington University in 1968 with an academic scholarship and high honors. Mr. Morris also graduated first in his class with a graduate teaching fellowship from the MBA program at George Washington University in 1970. He graduated from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University in 1973 with honors and an academic scholarship. He was a member of the law review and published two law review articles.
- J.D. Catholic University Columbus School of Law, 1973
- Member, Law Review
- M.B.A. George Washington University with distinction, 1970
- Outstanding Student Award
- Graduate Fellowship
- B.A. George Washington University honors, 1968
- Judge John D. Butzner, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- District of Columbia, 1979
- Virginia, 1979
UNITED STATES EX REL GIPSON v. PATHWAY GENOMICS CORPORATION
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, along with Aashish Y. Desai of the Desai Law Firm, P.C., represented Relator Monique Gipson, who sued San Diego-based Pathway Genomics in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California under the whistleblower provisions of the federal False Claims Act, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the relevant provisions of the false claims acts of the states and the District of Columbia pertaining to healthcare fraud. Gipson was a former sales representative at Pathway Genomics with first-hand knowledge of the company’s wrongdoing. Read More
UNITED STATES EX REL COX ET AL v. MEDTRONIC (D.MINN.)
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP won a more than $4.4 million qui tam settlement against Medtronic, Inc., one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. The whistleblower, represented by the firm and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged that Medtronic violated the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) and the False Claims Act by selling products to the Government that were manufactured in countries with which the United States is not a trading partner, under contracts governed by the TAA. Read More
UNITED STATES EX REL COX v. SMITH & NEPHEW (W.D. TENN.)
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP won a $11.3 million qui tam settlement against Smith & Nephew one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. The whistleblower, represented by the firm and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged that Smith & Nephew violated the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) and the False Claims Act by selling products to the Government that were manufactured in countries with which the United States is not a trading partner, under contracts governed by the TAA. Read More
UNITED STATES EX REL. SCHWEIZER v. OCÉ NORTH AMERICA, ET AL. (D.D.C)
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP brought a whistleblower/qui tam matter against Oce North America and Oce Imagistics, a manufacturer of printers and document management systems. Subsequently, Oce agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve civil claims in connection with allegations that it sold printing products to the United States Government that were manufactured in non-designated countries and that it failed to offer them at the reduced rates that non-government customers enjoy.
PENDERGRASS v. CITY GEAR, LLC, A.K.A. SHELMAR RETAIL PARTNERS, LLC AND MARTY’S INC
Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a class of approximately 300 Store Managers and Assistant Managers who were improperly classified as ineligible for overtime pay. The company categorized these workers as salaried managerial employees but failed to pay them on a true salary basis. If the employees failed to work a particular number of hours per week, City Gear did not pay them their full salaries; instead, the company took pay deductions premised on an hourly rate of pay. The employees alleged that the company could not have it both ways and must pay them for their overtime. The case settled on a class basis in 2014. Read More
UNITED STATES EX. REL ONWEZEN ET AL v. MEDTRONIC (D.MINN.)
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP won a $23.5 million qui tam settlement against Medtronic, Inc., one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. The whistleblower, represented by the Firm and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged that Medtronic paid doctors who implanted its pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators to participate in post-market studies and device registries. These payments, the whistleblower alleged, were actually kickbacks paid to the physicians to induce government purchases of Medtronic’s devices, in violation of the False Claims Act.
UNITED STATES EX REL. GEORGE v. ENDOSCOPIC TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (“ESTECH”) (S.D. TEX.)
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP brought a whistleblower/qui tam matter against Endoscopic Technologies (“Estech”), a medical device manufacturer. Subsequently, Estech agreed to pay $1.4 million to resolve civil claims in connection with the promotion of its surgical ablation devices. The settlement resolved allegations that Estech marketed its medical devices to treat atrial fibrillation, a use not approved by the FDA. Allegations also involved Estech’s promoting of expensive heart surgeries using the company’s devices when less invasive alternatives were appropriate; advising hospitals to up-code surgical procedures using the company’s devices to inflate Medicare reimbursements; and paying of kickbacks to healthcare providers to use its devices. Read More
UNITED STATES EX REL. BENNETT v. ATRICURE, INC. (S.D. TEX.)
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP brought a whistleblower/qui tam matter against AtriCure, Inc, (“AtriCure”), a medical device manufacturer. Subsequently, AtriCure agreed to pay $4.15 million to resolve all claims against it. The Complaint charged that AtriCure violated the Federal False Claims Act by using illegal kickbacks and an off-label marketing campaign to induce doctors and hospitals to perform AtriCure’s costly inpatient cardiac surgical ablation procedures rather than standard, and more effective outpatient catheter ablation procedures. As a result, the Medicare program faced substantial increased costs from AtriCure’s unnecessary and expensive procedures.