Benedict Morelli began his career in 1973 as a law clerk in a personal
injury law firm, becoming eligible for the bar exam in 1977. After being
admitted to the New York State Bar he became a partner and then senior
partner of that firm. Mr. Morelli has a degree from City College, NY 1971
and studied law at New York Law School. He is admitted to the United States
Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts, Southern, Eastern, Western, and
Northern districts of New York.
Mr. Morelli has been a partner at his law firm since 1981 and a senior
partner since 1990. In June, 1998, Mr. Morelli dissolved his firm and
started Benedict P. Morelli & Associates, which later became Morelli
Ratner PC. In 2012, he co-founded a new firm, Morelli Ratner Law Firm.
Mr. Morelli represents clients in Employment Discrimination cases (including
racial discrimination, age discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual discrimination,
and gender bias), false arrests, civil rights, complex product liability
(including drug product liability – DES, Vioxx, Bextra, Ortho-Evra
and Avandia), auto accidents, premises, labor law, and many other types
of cases. In each of these areas, Mr. Morelli has gotten multi-million
dollar verdicts. He represents individual plaintiffs against many major
corporations including many large investment banks.
For over thirty-five years of trying cases, Mr. Morelli has received numerous
multi-million dollar verdicts. In 1995, his $40 million dollar verdict
was featured in the National Law Journal as one of the "Top Ten Verdicts"
in the United States.
He has tried every kind of civil case – from a person who tripped
and fell over a raised door saddle and broke his hip ($2.6 million –
the largest verdict in the country for that injury) to complex medical
malpractice cases (the largest verdict in the country for blindness in
one eye). He has attained the largest verdict for a loss of three fingers
(medical malpractice) and the largest verdict for a crush injury to the arm.
In 2010, Mr. Morelli was lead counsel in a polio vaccine case which had
been filed thirty years earlier and received a $22.5 million verdict (the
largest verdict in Supreme Court in Staten Island, NY history.) It was
also the largest vaccine verdict in U.S. history.
In 2011, Mr. Morelli was lead counsel in a sexual harassment trial in Federal
Court in the Southern District of Illinois and received a $95 million
verdict (the largest single-plaintiff sexual harassment verdict in history.)
Approximately half of the cases the firm handles are for other lawyers
or law firms who choose Mr. Morelli and his staff as their trial counsel
because of their track record for delivering multi-million dollar verdicts.
Over the years Mr. Morelli has always been considered a lawyer's lawyer.
He not only has numerous law firms referring clients to him, but also
has judges recommending clients to him. From the time he was admitted
to the Bar through the present, Mr. Morelli has been first and foremost
a trial lawyer.
In addition to trying cases, Mr. Morelli is a past President of the New
York State Trial Lawyers Association and sustaining member and governor
of the American Association for Justice, emeritus on the
Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, advocate rank in the American Board of Trial Advocates, member of the
New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, New York County
Lawyer's Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, and
past president of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Morelli has been listed in Best Lawyers in America continuously from
1997 through the present edition. He has also been selected by the New
York State Trial Lawyers Association as one of New York's "Superstars."
For two seasons, Mr. Morelli was a regular on the nationally syndicated
television show "Power of Attorney." He has also appeared as
a guest on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America,"
"Aaron Brown," "Anderson Cooper 360," "Dateline
NBC," "The View," "The Ananda Lewis Show," and
"Court TV." Additionally a five page feature article entitled
"Benedict Morelli Feels Your Pain" was published in a 1999 edition
of New York Magazine.
He has taught and lectured for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy,
Association of Trial Lawyers of the City of New York, New York State Bar
Association ("Proving Damages in a Civil Trial"), and the New
York State Trial Lawyers Association ("New York Superstars,"
"Trial Advocacy Workshop," "Summations," and "Cross-Examination").
Mr. Morelli was called upon to represent the plaintiff's bar to counsel
insurance executives on how to resolve cases.
Mr. Morelli was selected as a member of the plaintiff's steering committee
of the MDL in the Avandia drug litigation, which is venued in the Eastern
District Federal Court of Philadelphia. Furthermore, he was selected as
lead trial counsel on one of the first two cases to be tried in that court.
Mr. Morelli and his firm are currently representing claimants in mass tort
litigations including Chantix, Raptiva, Levaquin, Propecia, Yaz/Yasmin,
Transvaginal Mesh, Fosamax femur fracture and DePuy hip replacement cases.
The firm also represents hundreds of plaintiffs in the ongoing BP Oil