Harvey B. Morris is a lifelong Alabamian who has been practicing law in Huntsville since getting his law degree and passing the state bar in 1966.
Morris was named North Alabama Lawyer of the year in 2016 and was included in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation on behalf of Plaintiffs. In 2015, Morris was recognized by Alabama SuperLawyers magazine for the seventh year in a row. Morris also made the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s 2015 List of the Nation’s Top One Percent of Attorneys.
Born in Athens, Alabama, Morris graduated from Decatur High School, the first person in his family to get a high-school degree. Morris excelled in the classroom but also made his mark on the football field and received a scholarship from the University of Alabama, where he played under legendary coach Bear Bryant.
As an undergraduate, Morris already had his sights on becoming a lawyer and was able to expedite that process under the rules at that time by enrolling at the university’s law school after three years as an undergrad. He received his J.D. in 1966, returned to his home turf and has been practicing in Huntsville since that day.
At first, he worked in the law firm of Smith, Johnston & Walker, where he concentrated his practice on personal injury, criminal defense, and domestic relations. Later, he went out on his own and founded the firm that would become Morris, King & Hodge, P.C..
Currently, Morris focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death arising out of defective products and accidents, as well as insurance litigation.
Over the course of his nearly 50-year career, Morris has handled numerous significant verdicts and settlements and has been recognized for his many contributions to the legal profession. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to one percent of lawyers in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, he has been named to Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers, the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s top AV lawyer rating.
He is a member of the Alabama Association for Justice as well as the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, serving as its president in 1982 and 1983.
Morris says he has no plans to slow down any time soon—because he loves his work too much.
“It’s just fun,” he says. “Where else do you have the chance to be confronted with 12 people in the jury box—12 different personalities—and try to convince those individuals that your position is correct? Sometimes people say, ‘Why don’t you retire?’, and the answer is: Because it’s just too much fun.”