James E. Morris - Morris and Morris Attorneys

James E. Morris

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Attorney James E. Morris is an experienced litigator and former judge who is known throughout Upstate New York for his ability to resolve complex disputes through mediation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, an elite nationwide group of mediators and dispute resolution professionals known for their skill, ethical standards, and professional commitment.

Morris is a practicing attorney with the longtime Rochester, New York law firm Morris and Morris, and has been a mediator for more than 15 years. In addition, he has 30 years experience as a judge, both as Brighton Town Justice and as Acting City Court Judge for the City of Rochester, New York.

He has served as a lead mediator and arbitrator for U.S. Arbitration and Mediation Inc. and Empire Arbitration and Mediation Inc. He is a panel member for Resolute Systems Inc. and the American Arbitration Association. He has also been a special mediator for the U.S. District Court, New York State Supreme Court, and the Monroe County Bar Association.

Plaintiffs-attorneys, defense attorneys, in-house counsel, insurers, and business professionals throughout Upstate New York regularly turn to Morris to mediate high-end liability, contract, and commercial disputes. He has an excellent record getting participants to reach settlement in cases involving significant financial issues, which often involve multiple parties.

Drawing on his extensive experience as a trial attorney, Morris has mediated a wide range of disputes, with many resolved claims in excess of one million dollars. Even in those cases where resolution appears impossible, he keeps the parties talking in an attempt to reach agreement. His dedication to the mediation process has resulted in a high mediation success rate.

Morris was named a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators in 2002. The College’s approximately 75 active Fellows are located throughout the United States. Being named a Fellow recognizes the high regard others have for his work and confirms he is among the most experienced mediators in the United States. As of October 2009 he has participated in more than 1,200 mediations.


  • Brighton, New York Town Justice - (1972 - 2005)
  • Acting City Court Judge, Rochester, New York (1977 - 2005, when appointed by District Administrative Supreme Court Justice)
  • Village, Town, and District Courts in New York Practice Guide (lead author), West Publishing Company, 1995. Annual updates 1996 - present
  • You Can Win Big in Small Claims Court, 1981
  • Victim Aftershock, 1983

Lectureships/Seminars (Abridged)

  • "How to Evaluate and Settle a Personal Injury Claim," Monroe County Bar Association Litigation Section - Program Chair
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar “The Winning Solution,” Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber LLP, Buffalo, New York
  • “Settlement Techniques in Personal Liability Cases,” Monroe County Bar Association - Program Chair
  • Mediation Advocacy Seminar” - April 25, 2006

Syracuse UniversityBA 1964Syracuse UniversityLL.B 1967
American College of Civil Trial MediatorsNew York State Office of Court AdministratioNew York State Bar AssociationMonroe County Bar AssociationNew York State Trial Lawyers AssociationThe American Society of Writers on Legal SubjectsNew York State Magistrates AssociationPanel of Peers Youth Jury ProgramMonroe County Magistrates Association

Office Location

120 Corporate Woods, Suite 240
Rochester, NY 14623
United States

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Gender: Male