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Mastering the Art of Trial Practice

With its billion-dollar track record, Morelli Law Firm has earned a reputation as one of the country's most successful trial firms.

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John Fields

May 18, 2023 09:24 AM

The courtroom is a battleground, and few law firms know how to navigate its complexities better than the Morelli Law Firm.

"Trying a case in a courtroom is one of the most complex and challenging things a lawyer can do," says founding partner Benedict Morelli, a trial legend who has been selected as one of New York’s “Superstars” by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. "It requires not only a deep knowledge of the law, but also an ability to connect with a jury, to tell a compelling story and to think on your feet. There are so many variables at play, and you have to be prepared for anything. But that's what makes it so exciting, and why we love what we do."

Morelli Law Firm offers decades of experience in trial advocacy. The firm’s attorneys are known for their unwavering commitment to their clients and tenacious attention to detail and have earned a reputation for securing impressive verdicts and settlements in significant, high-profile cases across a wide range of practice areas. From catastrophic injury cases to mass torts, Morelli Law Firm is the go-to choice for those seeking top-tier representation and justice.

“Everyone at the firm is deeply committed to providing our clients with superior representation,” says David Sirotkin, a partner at the firm who was named as a Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. “From the attorneys to the support staff, we share a common goal: to fight tirelessly for justice and to make a difference in the lives of those we represent. It's this shared sense of purpose that makes our firm such a powerful force for good, and why we're able to achieve such outstanding results for our clients.”

Indeed, the firm has secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for its clients across a diverse array of cases, including personal injury, truck and auto accident, construction, employment discrimination, medical malpractice and product liability matters. One of the firm's most notable recent victories was a $102 million verdict in a case involving a man who was injured while assembling a Best Buy booth for Live Nation at Jones Beach in 2013. The man suffered a traumatic brain injury and a skull fracture—which required four brain surgeries—along with multiple other orthopedic injuries, when a forklift crashed through the bottom of the booth, causing him to fall to the ground. After the verdict was appealed, the firm set a new benchmark for the highest sustained pain and suffering award for a traumatic brain injury case in the history of New York State.

Morelli Law Firm has been involved in several other high-profile cases over the past decade. For example, the firm secured a landmark settlement with Wal-Mart on behalf of comedian Tracy Morgan and five other plaintiffs who were injured in an accident involving one of the company's trucks. The settlement was one of the largest ever for a truck accident case, and the firm has remained a leader in this area of the law. More recently, the firm tried trucking accident cases in Southern Illinois against FedEx and in Baltimore, Maryland, against Frito-Lay, with both cases resulting in significant settlements during trial.

The firm also played a key role in securing a $265 million settlement for victims of the 2015 Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia, one of the largest railroad accident settlements in U.S. history; successfully represented a Fox News staffer in a claim of sexual harassment against one of the network's hosts; and achieved a favorable verdict and subsequent settlement in a high-profile slip-and-fall case against the United States Tennis Association on behalf of Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard.

Currently, Morelli Law Firm is representing a wide range of clients in litigation across the country. These include the estate of a well-known New York City architect who was killed after being struck by a falling piece of a building facade, and a 24-year-old woman who suffered severe brain injuries after being struck by patio furniture that fell off a Manhattan penthouse above Union Square. The firm is also representing more than a thousand women in litigation against Johnson & Johnson alleging that their use of the company's talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer.

“Our courtroom success is built on a foundation of thorough preparation, innovation and effective communication,” says Alexander Morelli, a partner at the firm. “We relentlessly investigate and prepare each case, staying ahead of emerging legal trends and utilizing the latest technology and research to give our clients the strongest possible advantage.”

Given its extensive trial experience, the Morelli Law Firm was selected by Trial Lawyer's University to establish a trial program in its name in the Northeast, with the inaugural session scheduled for September. The program, which will be held in New York, will bring together lawyers from various parts of the country to learn from Benedict Morelli and his team, as well as other attorneys, about essential trial practice skills and how to achieve success in the courtroom.

“We believe that effective trial practice is about more than just legal knowledge; it's about understanding the psychology of the jury, mastering the art of persuasion and creating compelling narratives,” says Benedict Morelli. “We're confident that our program will equip trial lawyers with the tools they need to succeed in the courtroom and deliver justice for their clients, a mission we have been fulfilling for our clients for decades.”

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