John Morgan founded Morgan & Morgan in 1988. The firm’s first office was located in Orlando, Florida and was made up of three attorneys, two paralegals and a receptionist. By 1992, the firm expanded to include eight lawyers, ten paralegals, and a sizable support staff as it began to focus its practice on medical malpractice. In 1995, the firm grew to include 25 lawyers, and opened a second office in Tampa. By 1999, more than 40 attorneys and 40 paralegals were employed by the firm, which began to specialize in nationwide mass tort litigation.
In the past decade, Morgan & Morgan opened offices in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, Daytona Beach, St. Petersburg, Atlanta, Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis and New York City. The firm has grown to include more than 240 attorneys, 305 paralegals and a support staff in excess of 1,400 people.
John founded Morgan & Morgan under the belief that the firm would represent the people, not the powerful. “For The People” is more than just a motto, however; it is a business philosophy and a way of life for both John and the firm. Twenty five years after the firm’s inception, John continues to run his firm by that code, promising never to take a case representing an insurance carrier or large company.
At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys have positioned themselves as trial lawyers who are not willing to accept inadequate settlements for their clients. While each case is different, our attorneys are not hesitant to go to court, even against prominent insurance companies and product manufacturers. In fact, unlike other law firms, our attorneys are encouraged to take their cases to trial.
In the last year, Morgan & Morgan’s attorneys tried more plaintiffs’ personal injury cases than any other firm in the Southeastern United States. We are proud to say that we have obtained multi-million dollar verdicts in courts throughout the country and made a dramatic difference in the lives of countless families who have hired us to represent them.
The first line of communication between you and the firm will be one of our six full-time receptionists who refer clients to the Case Control Department. There, one of over 30 full-time staff members will ask you some initial questions regarding your potential claim. The interview will generally last from 15 to 30 minutes.
The next step is to make an appointment for a sign-up interview. We are willing to work around your schedule. If it is inconvenient for you to meet us in one of our office locations, we will travel to your home, work, or the medical facility where you or your loved one has been hospitalized. Since we employ over 25 full-time field service investigators, someone should be able to meet with you within a day or two. In situations where time is of the essence, we are often able to send an investigator out within 24 hours.
After you have completed the preliminary interview process, you will be directed to the appropriate department. For example, if you have been involved in a car accident, you will be referred to an attorney who deals in car accident disputes. Once your claim reaches the proper department, its validity will be evaluated by one of five department heads. The department head then decides which attorney within that unit is the best fit for your case. Typically, a client will be assigned an attorney, legal assistant, and a paralegal (for all workers' compensation, first party, and negligence cases) within a week of initial contact.
From that point, individual departments have unique systems of processing cases, and a lawyer and paralegal will provide you with any advice you may need. From your introduction to our staff to the resolution of your case, Morgan & Morgan stresses personal interaction between our attorneys and clients.