New York’s Leading
Personal Injury Lawyers
Morelli Law Firm
Sexual Harassment, Trucking Accidents, Personal Injury and Mass Torts
Nationally Recognized Trial Lawyer
When it comes to high-stakes litigation, Morelli Law Firm has a proven track record of success – and a history of precedent-setting verdicts – in areas ranging from workplace sexual harassment, to catastrophic personal injury, to defective drugs and medical devices.
“We’re not a run-of-the-mill firm doing the same medical malpractice cases and the same personal injury cases,” says Benedict Morelli, the firm’s founder. “Many of the matters that come to us are high-value, prominent cases, and that’s because we offer the expertise and experience of a larger law firm in a smaller, more client-focused environment.”
Morelli, whose results include the largest vaccine verdict in U.S. history ($22.5 million), the largest single-plaintiff sexual harassment verdict in U.S. history ($95 million), and one of the largest single- plaintiff construction accident verdicts in U.S. history ($62 million), is known for handling some of the country’s most significant cases. In 2015, he secured a confidential settlement for actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and five others in their lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a New Jersey highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two others seriously injured. The case resolved just 10 months after the initial filling, with Wal-Mart taking full responsibility for the crash.
“This case, which involved intense media scrutiny, was against the largest company in the world,” Morelli notes. “But we have a history of taking on powerful adversaries in high-profile matters, and we’ve never shied away from difficult cases that we believe are meritorious.”
Morelli Law Firm is currently representing top-ranked women’s professional tennis player Eugenie Bouchard in her case against the U.S. Tennis Association and National Tennis Center, regarding a head injury she sustained when she was injured at the 2015 U.S. Open due to the negligence of the defendants, and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
Beyond handling individual cases, Morelli and his firm regularly take on far-reaching mass torts and class actions, and have been appointed to leadership roles by courts in a number of large scale litigations. The firm, for instance, represented numerous victims who were seriously injured in the May 12, 2015 Amtrak train derailment outside Philadelphia, in which 8 people were killed and over 200 people were injured. The firm was appointed by the federal judge in charge of the entire litigation to be one of a few firms to serve as lead counsel on the Plaintiff’s Management Committee, and was instrumental in resolving the case for $265 million – the largest train accident settlement in U.S. History. The firm also played a key role in getting a federal damages cap raised by $95 million to permit additional compensation to the victims. Additionally, the firm has become highly involved in representing women in cases against Johnson & Johnson alleging that their use of the company’s talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer.
“These may be complex, challenging matters, but this firm was founded to represent people in need of a voice, and we are always working to deliver on that original mission statement,” Morelli says. “I’ve been handling plaintiffs’ litigation for nearly four decades now, and there’s still nothing more satisfying to me than being able to help people who are struggling.”