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Of Counsel to the firm, Morris Ratner has specialized in complex litigation since 1991 with an emphasis on consumer protection, human rights, and environmental class and other aggregate actions. Morris was one of the court-appointed Settlement Class Counsel in the $1.25 billion settlement with Swiss banks and other Swiss entities in In re Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation, and has also prosecuted Nazi-era litigation against German, Austrian, and French entities which resulted in $6 billion in additional payments to victims of Nazi persecution.
Currently, Morris is serving as a full-time member of the U.C. Hastings College of Law faculty, as a professor, teaching legal ethics, civil procedure, and law practice management.
Previously, Morris was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School during 2010-2011, teaching a variety of courses, including civil procedure, class action law, remedies, and legal profession/ethics. Before serving as a visiting professor, he also served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School in 2009, where he taught a complex litigation course, Holocaust Litigation. From 2003-2008, Morris was a guest lecturer or panelist for the Stanford University History Department, UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall, Columbia Law School, and New York University School of Law, covering topics that included Holocaust-era litigation, legal ethics, and developments in international law.
Morris has written extensively on complex litigation, contributing to Holocaust Restitution: Perspectives on the Litigation and its Legacy (edited by Michael Bazyler and Roger P. Alford), and publishing articles in the U.C. Berkeley Journal of International Law, New York University Annual Survey of American Law, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and other law journals. He also contributed to California Class Actions Practice and Procedures (Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Editor-in-Chief, 2003).
Areas of Practice
- Consumer Protection
- Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1991
- Stanford University
- B.A. - 1988
- California, 1991
- District of Columbia, 1999
- New York, 2000
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th 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
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Bar of the District of Columbia
- New York State Bar Association
- State Bar of California
Past Employment Positions
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law: "Legal Profession," Civil Procedure," and "Ethics," Professor, 2012 - Present
- Harvard Law School, "Civil Procedure," "Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation," "Remedies," "Legal Profession," and "Holocaust Litigation," Visiting Professor, 2010 - 2011
- Harvard Law School: "Holocaust Litigation," Visiting Lecturer on Law (Winter Term 2009), 2009