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Cheryl A. Morris


(415) 875-3194
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San Francisco
275 Battery Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111


J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1986

B.A., Business Administration, Duquesne University, 1981

Cheryl A. Morris is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees. Ms. Morris’s practice emphasizes occupational disease litigation and maritime casualties. She represents numerous shipping lines and their underwriters in asbestos, hearing loss and chemical exposure litigation. She has defended ship owners in matters involving cumulative trauma, orthopedic injury and other claims brought by Jones Act seamen, longshoremen, ship repair workers and cruise line/excursion boat passengers.

Ms. Morris has represented vessel interests in cargo claims, allision matters and attachments under the Supplemental Admiralty Rules. She has also defended clients in cases involving construction defect, products liability and premises liability claims. Her practice includes all aspects of litigation, including pleading practice, discovery, dispositive motions, settlement analysis and discussions, mediation, trial and appellate work.

Most recently, Ms. Morris was a partner in the Complex Litigation Division at Sedgwick LLP. Prior to that, she had practiced for nearly 15 years with Emard Danoff Port Tamulski & Walovich LLP, a firm she helped to form in 2001. Ms. Morris started her career in maritime law at Graham & James. Cheryl is active in several professional organizations, including holding several leadership positions within the Pacific Admiralty Seminar. In 2015, she spearheaded the effort to organize the seminar as a 501(c)(6) corporation and obtain tax exempt status for its activities.


9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)
U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.)
U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)
U.S. District Court (W.D. Pa.)


Pacific Admiralty Seminar — President and Chair
Pacific Admiralty Seminar, Steering Committee — Member and Officer
Maritime Law Association of the United States — Proctor Member
Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
Defense Research Institute
Federal Bar Association