Skip to content Cheryl A. Morris


San Francisco
315 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94111


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

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


Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Admiralty and Maritime Law (2021-2024)


Cheryl A. Morris is Of Counsel in the San Francisco office of GRSM. Her 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.

Cheryl 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.

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.


  • California
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of California


  • 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
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