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Morgan & Morgan Hunger Relief Center Dedication

Morgan & Morgan Hunger Relief Center Dedication

On March 6, 2013, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s fight to end hunger took a major step forward with the dedication of the Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center. The new, 100,000-square foot facility—more than double the size of its predecessor—is equipped to handle millions of pounds of food the organization had to previously turn away due to a lack of adequate coolers, freezers, and general infrastructure space.

“This is one of the best things we’ve ever done,” Mr. Morgan said of he and his wife Ultima’s generous $2 million donation to the cause. “Other than the four children, this is one of the best things we’ve ever done.”

By the organization’s estimates, the value of the food stored in the Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center over the next 20 years will exceed $1.4 billion.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization spearheading the fight to end hunger by collecting and distributing food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies throughout Brevard, Orange, Lake, Seminole, Osceola, and Volusia counties in Central Florida. In addition to gathering and distributing food to those in need, Second Harvest Food Bank strives to raise public awareness on the “invisible problem” of hunger and poverty, as well as develop county-specific solutions to hunger in Central Florida.

If you would like to get involved with or donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, please visit their website.

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For The People Scholarship

For The People Scholarship

Morgan & Morgan is committed to helping out those students looking to get into law as a career. To help out, we formed the For The People Scholarship. Through this scholarship, we've already helped pay for law school for a first-year law student who was committed to making his or her community a better place.

John Morgan places a big emphasis on giving back to the community, and has built the firm to reflect his values of charity and public service. Many of our firm’s partners holds at least one leadership position in a charitable organization, for example.

We seek to inspire these values of charity and public service beyond our firm, and encourage aspiring lawyers to approach their careers as our attorneys already do.

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Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

In 2013, John Morgan partnered with United for Care in campaigning to legalize medical marijuana on behalf of sick and suffering Floridians. It took nearly four years, two elections, and cost John millions of dollars, but medical marijuana was finally legalized in 2016.

John’s support for medical marijuana is personal; it helped relieve the pain of his father, who had emphysema and esophageal cancer, and his brother, who is paraplegic. Another reason he supports medical marijuana is because of the damage he’s seen caused by the powerful prescription pain medications his clients are often given by a doctor following an injury.

The initial campaign began by writing an initiative and hiring an “army of angels” to collect the nearly 700,000 signatures required to get it on the 2014 ballot. While collecting signatures proved challenging, the initiative eventually qualified for the ballot but faced a consistent and well funded opposition throughout the campaign. In the end, 58 percent of voters were in favor of the initiative, but it required at least 60 percent to pass.

Undeterred, and further inspired by Floridians who urged him to try again, John launched another campaign to legalize medical marijuana. The second time around Florida had no doubts about medical marijuana and the initiative passed with a resounding 71 percent of the vote.

Boys Town USA

boys town usa

Offers access to foster homes and guidance for at-risk youths.

Harbor House

harbor house

Provides help for abused women and children.

The Miami Project

the miami project

Conducts neuromuscular and spinal injury research and testing.

United Cerebral Palsy

united cerebral palsy

Provides vital therapy and services to children with special needs.

Firm News

The first hurricane of the season in the Atlantic, Hurricane Hanna, made landfall along the Gulf Coast of southern Texas on Saturday before weakening to a tropical depression.

CNN reports that the Category 1 hurricane made landfall on Padre Island, south of Corpus Christi, bringing with it sustained winds of 90 mph, heavy rains, and threats of flooding. The following evening it was downgraded to a tropical depression, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

Despite the storm weakening to a tropical depression, widespread rainfall and wind caused damage across South Texas. Some areas saw more than a foot of rainfall.

In Corpus Christi, part of the popular Bob Hall Pier collapsed and the Art Museum of South Texas sustained damage as a result of the major storm surge. In the Rio Grande Valley town of Mission, the National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency. Thousands in Mission, as well as other areas of South Texas, lost power for days following the storm.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties in the state and also issued a federal emergency disaster declaration request.

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Damage Insurance Disputes

Hurricanes and tropical storms can cause substantial damage to your home, business, or property. The toll of the destruction, both physical and emotional, can be devastating. 

A homeowners insurance policy that covers hurricane and tropical storm damage should give you some peace of mind during this time, but insurance companies don’t always hold their end of the bargain. Often, they will try to deny claims or pay out as little as possible after a hurricane or storm hits, leaving you without the compensation you need to recover from a disaster.

If you’ve been affected by a hurricane or tropical storm and are having trouble getting your insurance claim paid, you’ll want an experienced attorney on your side. Morgan & Morgan’s hurricane insurance lawyers can help you recover the money you need to put the pieces back together.

We’re Here for You

In times like these, you can count on us. If you own a home or business that has suffered hurricane or tropical storm damage, and your insurance company is denying, delaying, or lowballing your claim, contact us. We believe you deserve full and fair compensation, and we have the resources to take on the biggest bullies in America. With Morgan & Morgan, you’ll have 30 years of experience, 500+ attorneys, and $7 billion recovered on your side.

Don't give up just because you heard "no" from your insurance company. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. There are no upfront costs to hire our law firm.

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:15

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed day-to-day life in innumerable ways, and the legal system has not been immune to these changes. Now, the majority of lawyers’ and judges’ work is conducted remotely, including hearings. 

Although it varies widely from state to state, many jurisdictions are now holding hearings virtually, using video or telephone conferencing. 

If you have a virtual hearing coming up, you may be wondering about how it will work and what you should expect. We’ve got some answers, and some tips on how to make sure your hearing goes smoothly. 

Stay In Touch  

If the court decides to hold a hearing that requires your virtual attendance, you will hear about it either directly or from your lawyer. The court will make sure you know the date and time of the hearing, and that you have everything you need in order to attend. 

This means that you should be checking your phone and email accounts, including your spam folder. If you check often, you’ll have plenty of time to get prepared. And if you cannot attend the virtual hearing, the earlier you get in touch with the court to make alternate arrangements, the better. 

What You Need To Go Virtual 

Participating in a hearing held via video or telephone conference requires you to have the following:

  • Quality internet access (download/upload speeds of at least 1.5 megabits per second) 
  • A phone, tablet, or computer with a built-in camera or microphone 
  • If your device doesn’t have a built-in camera or mic, an external camera or mic that can you can plug into the device
  • The video/telephone conferencing app the hearing will use (the court should tell you which app to use and provide instructions on how to use it), already downloaded and set up. Zoom is popular, but you may use Skype or Google Meet, or one of many others

If you don’t have any of these apps, or aren’t sure how to set up or operate your device or the video conferencing app, it is imperative that you address this in advance of the hearing. Talk to your attorney and find out what your options are. 

Preparing For The Hearing 

If you want things to go smoothly, here are some things you should do:

  • Situate yourself in a quiet space where you are unlikely to be disturbed
  • Set up and test the device you plan to use before the hearing begins
  • Follow court instructions and log in to the app with plenty of time to spare
  • Once the hearing begins, listen carefully to the judge’s instructions on how the hearing is to proceed 

What A Virtual Hearing Is Like 

The short answer is that a virtual hearing is mostly just like a regular hearing. The judge is in charge, and all of his or her instructions should be carefully followed. The various attorneys and parties involved will speak, and at the end, the judge will decide what comes next. 

Video or phone communication is obviously different than in-person contact, so on the technical side, you can expect a little bit of awkwardness. Accidental muting, people talking over each other, people temporarily losing connection, background noise — these are all annoying, but the hearing should still be able to proceed. 

Hopefully things will return to normal soon. But for now, this is how we can make the best of it. So stay patient, stay in contact with your attorney, and good luck. 

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 11:51

One worker was killed and three others were wounded in a scaffolding collapse at a residential building in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood on July 16, 2020.  The workers were restoring the facade of the 11-story structure when a suspended platform crashed into a scaffolding that lined the sidewalk below. 

Following the incident, chunks of the parapet were found scattered on top of the scaffolding, and authorities closed off a block of East 36th Street for a number of hours. Earlier in the day, part of a vacant building gave out a mere two blocks away. Fortunately, there were no injuries sustained.

It’s well-documented that construction is one of the most dangerous industries. New York City is perpetually under construction, with scaffolding in place around virtually every corner. Therefore, the possibility of injury is ever-present for the city’s construction workers. Sadly, a scaffolding accident can lead to expensive medical bills, lost income, and long-term health concerns.

If you were hurt on the job, Morgan & Morgan is here to help. Our scaffold accident lawyers can investigate the cause of your injury and who was responsible, then build the strongest case for compensation on your behalf.

Contact us for a free, no-risk case evaluation today.

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 13:23
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