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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.

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John Morgan has been known to quote James 2:26: “Faith without works is dead.”

His son Matt seems to have taken this verse to heart.

As coronavirus outbreaks ravage U.S. prisons, Matt Morgan has renewed his advocacy for sweeping criminal justice reform. In a recent op-ed for Law360, Morgan hails the steps taken by State Attorneys Andrew Warren (13th Judicial Circuit in Florida) and Aramis Ayala (9th Judicial Circuit) to reduce the state’s prison population. 

While these measures should help stem the spread of the virus, Morgan argues that broader, more lasting change is required to correct the imbalances in America’s judicial system:

"...the efforts to reduce our jail population should not stop once we get the coronavirus under control. While this pandemic is laying bare many of this country’s broken systems, the criminal justice crisis in America is largely swept under the rug. It began long before the coronavirus hit, and if we don’t act now, it will continue long after."

Morgan cites jarring statistics to drive home the U.S.’s racial inequities: “One out of every three black boys born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime and one out of six Latino boys will go to prison,” compared to one in 17 white boys. He calls this disparity “blatant racism in broad daylight,” and says it goes against everything America stands for.

Moreover, three-quarters of the country’s jail population has not been convicted of their alleged crime. “They sit there, many on nonsense charges,” Morgan writes, “for 30 to 50 days while they await their court date.”

In the short term, Morgan calls for the nationwide release of every person awaiting trial for a low-level offense. But he also demands more permanent reforms: “Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we should not be arresting and jailing people who commit low-level, nonviolent offenses,” such as driving with a suspended license or sleeping in a public area.

In February, Morgan put his money where his mouth is by co-founding the Community Bail Fund, a nonprofit organization that raises bail money for low-income people who have been charged with, but not convicted of, nonviolent offenses.

In a press conference announcing the fund, Morgan stood shoulder-to-shoulder with State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Roberty Wesley Thursday. He pledged that the Morgan family would match every dollar raised up to $250,000.

“In America, the standard is innocent until proven guilty — not incarcerated until proven rich,” Morgan said, a sentiment he echoed on Law360. Morgan added that his family has a reputation for following through on things “to the very end”: likely an allusion to both the firm’s legal victories and his father’s successful campaign to decriminalize medical marijuana in Florida.

Matt Morgan’s own works on this issue, it seems, are just beginning.

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 11:39

If you’ve never been involved in a personal injury lawsuit, you may not know what to expect. Here are 10 things you should know before filing a claim.

1. Personal Injury Lawsuits Are Designed to Protect You

After an injury, you likely have a lot to contend with: medical bills, lost income, emotional stress, and the upheaval of your daily routine. Personal injury lawsuits are designed to protect the rights and financial futures of injury victims like you. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you may be able to recover compensation through a settlement with the defendant, or at trial.

2. People Who Lawyer Up Recover More

Here’s a little-known fact: On average, people who hire a personal injury attorney after a car accident recover three times as much compensation as those who go it alone. Personal injury lawyers understand how to value claims and what it takes to negotiate a favorable settlement. If the insurance company is unwilling to negotiate, they can present your case in the strongest terms in front of a judge and jury.

3. The Sooner You Call, the Better

A personal injury lawyer can guard you against costly mistakes such as revealing too much information to claims adjusters and failing to document your injury. An attorney can also guide you through tricky legal procedures and communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. Also, the sooner you contact a lawyer, the more likely you are to recall specific details about your injury, and to still have relevant receipts, witness information, and other evidence.

4. It Costs Nothing to Get Started

At Morgan & Morgan, we believe that every person should have access to quality legal representation, regardless of financial status. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing upfront and we get paid only if you win. The money we earn never comes out of your pocket, but rather out of the settlement or jury verdict that we obtain for you.

5. Don’t Sign Anything Before Consulting an Attorney

An insurance adjuster might try to convince you that you don’t need a lawyer, but remember that insurance companies often don’t have your best interest in mind. Many of them want you to deal directly with them in hopes that you’ll settle for far less than your case is really worth. It’s imperative that you not sign anything before speaking to a personal injury lawyer, as doing so could prevent you from recovering the compensation you deserve.

6. There Are Two Ways to Win a Case

Personal injury cases can be settled out of court or ruled on at trial. A settlement is an agreement between the plaintiff and the defendant as to how much compensation the plaintiff will receive. A verdict, on the other hand, is a decision made by a judge or jury following court proceedings. That means that even if a settlement can’t be reached, your attorney still has a viable path to recover the compensation you need. (In fact, in many cases, the jury award is significantly higher than the pre-trial offer.)

7. Establishing Negligence Is Paramount

It’s essential to establish that your injury was the result of another party’s negligence, or failure to exercise reasonable care for your safety. If the other person or entity acted negligently and contributed to your injury, they could be liable for any resulting damages, including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering.

8. Personal Injury Cases Can Be Time-Consuming

Personal injury cases are complex, and therefore settlements and trials can take months, if not years to conclude. To compound matters, insurance companies often try to drag out the process in hopes that the victim will cave and settle for a lowball offer. It’s important that you never settle for less than your case is worth. Our attorneys are dedicated to resolving your case quickly and efficiently, but most of all, to achieving the best possible outcome for you.

9. It’s Hard to Value a Claim Without Reviewing the Facts

A variety of factors may influence the value of a claim, including the severity of the injury and the circumstances surrounding the accident. Without first reviewing the facts of the case, it’s difficult to pinpoint how much a claim is really worth. However, you can rest assured knowing that Morgan & Morgan has a long track record of success. We understand how to value a claim, and we aren’t afraid to fight for fair compensation at trial if necessary.

10. You Have Limited Time to File a Lawsuit

Every state has a statute of limitations: a timeframe for filing a personal injury claim against the negligent party. Statutes vary from one state to the next, so it’s important that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t miss the deadline for filing in your state.

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If you suffered an injury and believe someone else may have been at fault, don’t hesitate to contact Morgan & Morgan. Over the course of 30-plus years, we’ve recovered more than $7 billion on behalf of our clients. 
Find out if you are entitled to compensation. It costs nothing to get started, and we get paid only if your case is successful. Schedule a free case evaluation to learn more.

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 09:23

Many workers value the 30-minute or hour-long reprieve from their day when they can sit down and eat on a lunch break. Maybe it’s social media-checking time; maybe it’s time for checking in with family; maybe it’s time to read a book; or maybe it’s time simply to eat and relax. 

However, sometimes workers find themselves working through lunch to get stuff done even with their lunch time being deducted. It’s one thing if they’re choosing to not take the break. If their employer makes them skip lunch? That’s a different case altogether. 

If you’re required to work through your lunch break, or eat while working, there’s a chance you might not be getting paid properly. Even more, your boss might be breaking the law. 

While federal law doesn’t require that you have a lunch break, some states’ laws do require them. (Make sure to check your individual state laws to see whether your rights may be violated or you may be missing out on pay.) 

Under federal law, during a lunch break, you’re supposed to be fully relieved of any work duties: that’s why lunch breaks can be unpaid. However, if you are performing work during a lunch break, and your supervisors or bosses are aware that you are working through lunch, then you should be paid for that time.  

If your contract stipulates that you receive a lunch break, on that break, you should complete no work. If you’re working during lunch and you’re paid hourly, you should be paid for that working time. 

If you’re often made to work during your unpaid lunch break, you may be owed compensation. And the longer you’ve worked at that workplace, the more compensation you’ll be owed. Someone who makes $15/hour would lose $75 a week if their lunch break isn’t paid; in a year, that could add up to an additional $3,900 that you should have been paid. 

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 16:21
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