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Richard E. Morton

Richard E. Morton

Of Counsel
Orange County
2030 Main Street
Suite 1525
Irvine, CA 92614
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Mr. Morton is a member of the Business Solutions, Construction Law, Public Sector, Risk Management & Insurance Law and Employment & Labor Practice Groups. Mr. Morton’s practice includes employment matters, contract litigation, torts/product litigation, insurance bad faith, and general business issues. He represents businesses in contract litigation that arises in many areas, such as unfair competition, collection matters, Lanham Act issues, public entities and employment issues. He has represented public utility water companies, appearing before regional water control boards, as well as PUC hearings on various issues involving water and sewer districts. Mr. Morton has tried in excess of 100 jury trials.

He represents businesses involved in California’s wine industry. He also represents agricultural businesses in litigation involving crop loss, labor contracts, as well as pesticide issues, trying many cases arising out of pesticide overspray, misapplication of pesticides and herbicides. He has represented feed and milling companies in cases arising out of adulterated feed.

In the healthcare field, Mr. Morton has represented hospitals on WARN act issues and general contract matters. He has represented physicians in administrative matters, including Peer Review Mandamus hearings, and has presented cases in defense of physicians before BMQA. He also assists physicians in litigation matters involving issues of capitation payments and contract breaches. He handles professional liability matters pertaining to accountants, insurance agents and brokers, directors and officers, attorneys and medical professionals. His many trials have included a range of cases involving car crashes, product liability, premises liability, employment, landslides, construction defect, intellectual property, insurance bad faith, professional liability including, directors and officers and community association matters.

Mr. Morton has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of AV Preeminent and has held that distinction continuously since 1990. He was elected into ABOTA, an invitation only organization of lawyers who have tried a significant number of cases and an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the 7th Amendment right to a jury trial.



December 2011
January 24, 2013


Pepperdine University School of Law (JD, 1972)

California State University at Fullerton (BA, 1965)

California State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

American Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
California Building Industry Association
Defense Research Institute
Kern County Bar Association
Kern County Water Agency
Los Angeles Country Bar Association, Intellectual Property Committee
Orange County Bar Association
Southern California Water Committee

Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated since 1990

Joseph D. McNeil Civility Award, November 2022 (CAL-ABOTA Orange County)