John L. Morrow is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and a partner at Conroy Simberg. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami in 1981, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami in 1983, and a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 1987. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Morrow was a banker for Florida’s largest consumer bank – Barnett Bank – and ultimately worked as a corporate lending officer, providing corporate, real estate, and industrial bond financing to small to mid-sized corporations, real estate developers, attorneys, law firms, etc. He left his first career as a banker to attend law school in August 1984.
Mr. Morrow’s first legal job was with the City of Miami Beach as an Assistant City Attorney where he was assigned to be the lawyer for the City’s Personnel Board as the prosecutor. During his tenure, he represented the Human Resources Department and represented the City’s (employer) position in more than 100 disciplinary actions and subsequent appeals before the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Appellate Division. During his time at the City of Miami Beach, he investigated and responded to more than 50 EEOC charges filed by employees against the City.
Mr. Morrow joined Conroy Simberg on April 2, 1990. He initially worked in the firm's main office in Hollywood. In 1995, he was involved in an eight-week age discrimination case in the United States District Court resulting in a favorable verdict for his clients. Mr. Morrow then went straight into a false arrest case in state court resulting in a defense verdict for the firm’s client. Shortly thereafter, he was tapped to open the firm’s third office, on January 2, 1996, with two lawyers. The office has grown over time to 20 lawyers. While in Orlando, Mr. Morrow has practiced all over the state from Sarasota to Pensacola on the gulf coast and from the Georgia line down to Indian River County, and every county in between. He laid the groundwork for the eventual office openings in Tampa, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee.
Initially, Mr. Morrow specialized in representing governments primarily in Civil Rights litigation in Federal Court. He has personally handled well over 500 automobile/trucking cases to settlement or trial including complicated injury cases like traumatic brain injury and paralysis. In the commercial premises liability area, Mr. Morrow has handled in excess of 1,000 premises liability cases including non-complex issues like falls to more complex cases like negligent security cases including rape, shootings with injury and death. As part of his premises liability practice, he has represented bars, chain restaurants, nightclubs, and fraternal organizations on issues relating to liquor liability and of course the bar fights or shootings that turn into negligent security cases. Mr. Morrow has represented schools, day cares and churches who have been sued for the acts of their employees that include molestation/sexual abuse related suits that include direct intentional tort suits, negligent hiring, negligent supervision and negligent retention claims.
Mr. Morrow became a board certified civil trial lawyer in 2011. He has tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict including cases in the area of Title VII, ADEA, Section 1983, police practices and procedure, commercial and residential construction defect cases, first party property, first party automobile, premises liability, products liability, trucking and automobile bodily injury lawsuits.
Mr. Morrow is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Florida, the United States Districts Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts, and the 11thCircuit Court of Appeals.