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Rivers J. Morrell III

Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell III

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"Selected As So. Calif. "Super Lawyer""

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27201 Puerta Real  Suite 470
Mission Viejo , CA 92691
Phone: (949) 305-1400
Fax: (949) 305-1414

Office Hours: 8:30 to 5:00
If needed we will meet with clients after hours, or travel to convenient locations to meet clients.
You may also reach us on my cell phone at any time, at 949-689-4400

11801 Pierce Street  200
Riverside , CA 92505
Phone: (951) 305-0084
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, but we can meet at other locations, at other times if needed.

1920 Main Street  Suite 1000
Irvine , CA 92614
Phone: (949) 305-1400
Fax: (949) 305-1414

Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, but we can meet at different locations, and at different times if needed.

Website:
http://www.RJMLawfirm.com

E-mail: rjm@rjmlawfirm.com

Firm Size: 2 attorneys, 2 paralegals, and staff
Firm Established: 1974

Firm Profile:
Southern California "Super Lawyer", 9 years in a row (top 5% in So California).
Selected as the “Top 1% in the Nation”.
American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the "Top 100 Litigators", representing the Top 2% of all attorneys.
"Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of California", from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc.
Lifetime Charter member of Rue Ratings “Best Attorneys of America”, less than 1% of all US attorneys
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, lifetime member.
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, lifetime member.
Law Dragons "Top 3000" attorneys in the US.
One of Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for the State of California, as recognized by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys.
Martindale Hubble- AV rating, the highest rating that any attorney can receive.
Rated 5 out of 5, for a Preeminent Rating, by his peers.
"Client Choice Award" awarded by Avvo, by client reviews and ratings.
Avvo rating of 10 out of 10, "Superb" award.
ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) member since 1989
Board certified Civil Trial Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Elite Lawyers of America, silver member.

Attorney:

Rivers  J.  Morrell III  (Senior Partner)

Hourly Rate: contingency
Date Joined Firm:  1/1/1974

Unique Qualification:
Mr. Morrell has been a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) since 1989. This is a national organization into which one is nominated, and must prove that you have had a certain number of civil jury trials. He has been selected as a Southern California "Super Lawyer", 9 years in a row. This represents less then 5% of the Attorneys in Southern California. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a Board certified Civil Trial Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Morrell is also a member of Elite Lawyers of America., and was selected as one of Law Dragons top 3000 attorneys in the country. And the distinguished Martindale Hubble has awarded Mr. Morrell their highest rating of AV, and his peers have given him the 5 out of 4 preeminent rating, the highest available.
Mr. Morrell also received the coveted "Client Choice Award" awarded by Avvo, by client reviews and ratings. In addition, he received the distinguished Avvo rating of 10 out of 10, "Superb" award.
Mr. Morrell was selected by American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the "Top 100 Litigators", representing the Top 2% of all attorneys.
In 2014, Mr. Morrell was selected as a Lifetime Charter member of Rue Ratings “Best Attorneys of America”, of which less than 1% of the attorneys in the US are invited to become members. The selection is limited to 100 attorneys per State.
Mr. Morrell also received the "Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of California", from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc.
He has also represented Insurance Companies for many years, so we know how to get the most out of them for your injury.


State Bar Admission: CA 1974

Education: J.D. , Golden Gate University, 1974;B.A. Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1970
Other Education: Selected 9 years as So. Calif. "Super Lawyer", Life Member Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member Mult Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Board Certifed Civil Trial Advocate as certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy. Life Member Elite Lawyers of America. Selected as one of Law Dragons top 3000 attorneys in country. Member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) since 1989, having tried more jury trials then 90% of all attorneys in the country.


Practice Areas: Civil Law, Elder Care/Nursing Home Abuse, Insurance Litigation, Mediation, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment/Abuse

Brief Biography:
My father was a Marine Corps General figher pilot, who fought in WW II, and the Korean war. He received the Navy Cross, and is mentioned in the highly acclaimed book, Guadacanal Diary. I attended school in Orange County and was selected to the all Orange County Football rooster. I then left to attend UC Berkeley during the 1960s. I practiced law in San Francisco, and then returned to Orange County in the late 1970s, and have been here ever since. I married my secretary, and we have 4 children. We travel often to Borrego Springs, and to Mexico.

 Notable Cases:
Dog bite by off duty Sheriff Canine
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 05/01/2013

State Filed: California

Settlement: Trial Verdict

In this case, the client was visiting his niece who lived next door to a County Sheriff, who was in a canine unit. They were off duty at home, with the canine. As the client exited his car, he was attacked and bitten by a dog. The off duty sheriff swore under penalty of perjury that his off duty canine was locked up in his patrol vehicle. There was circumstantial evidence that it was the off duty canine that bit the client. The defendant County refused to offer any money. The case went to trial, and the jury found for the client, and against the County. They concluded that it was the off duty canine, and therefore the County, who owned the dog, was responsible for the injuries.
Slip and fall on new Interlocking Pavers
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 11/13/2011

State Filed: California

Settlement: Case settled in favor of client in the 6 figures

Here the client had contracted to have her driveway redone with new interlocking pavers. A few days after they were installed, the client was walking to her car, parked on the street, when she slipped and fell on the newly redone driveway. It was claimed that the pavers were too slippery due to a sealer that had been applied. As a result of the incident, the client fractured her ankle, and hardware was installed. She was also out of work, and presented a lost wage claim. There were many technical issues involving the testing of the pavers, and whether or not the slip test machine accurately measured the "slipperyness" of the pavers.
Auto vs. Pedestrian accident
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 08/24/2013

State Filed: California

Settlement: Into the 6 figures

Here, the client was walking in the parking lot of a shopping center in South Orange County. She was walking to her car, when the defendant, leaving her parking space, struck the Plaintiff, our client. The client was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. She had multiple complaints, but there were issues in proving whether she hit her head, as there were no medical records to support this claim. Multiple depositions, and multiple defense medical exams were conducted, and at the mediation, the case settled for an amount into the 6 figures.
Bicycle Accident
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 03/13/2012

State Filed: California

Settlement: Case resolved in favor of Client in the 6 figures

This was a case where an elderly experienced bike rider was struck by a vehicle that was backing out of a driveway. The defense claimed that the accident was entirely the fault of the bike rider, as did a witness. As a result of the accident, the client received a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a collapsed lung, vision, and hearing injuries. The defendant refused to offer the medical bills. The case went to binding arbitration, and the arbitrator found in favor of the client, and awarded well into the 6 figures.
Motorcycle Accident resulting in fractured ankle
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 01/20/2012

State Filed: California

Settlement: Case settled in favor of the client in the 6 figures

This was a case where the client was operating a motorcycle, getting ready to turn into a gas station. We claimed that the defendant made a lane change into our client. The defense claimed that we tried to pass the defendant without giving proper notice, and in an area where the motorcycle should not have been, and that the client failed to see the turn signal of the defendant.
As a result of the accident, the client received a fractured ankle, that requried surgery, with hardware.
Dog bite to young boy
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 05/03/2012

State Filed: California

Settlement: Settled in favor of client

This was a case where a young boy, age 6, was bitten by a neighborhood dog. The bite itself was not horrific (in fact it was in the upper inner thigh, and left almost no scar), but it had a significant impact on the boy's emotional state. The defendant's insurance company belittled the claim. We secured the services of an expert and presented a claim that the dog attack resulted in the boy stuttering. The claim was then settled favorably, for multiple times the original offer.
Car Accident with Dental Injuries
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 04/22/2012

State Filed: California

Settlement: Case settled in favor of cleint for 6 figures

In this case, the client's vehicle was struck by another vehicle. There were many issues involved in trying to locate and serve the Defendants with the complaint. Initially the defense refused to pay what was demanded. After filing and serving the lawsuit, a demand was again made for a particular settlement amount. The client had multiple injuries, including dental injuries, and epidurals. The case then settled in favor of the client for an amount in the 6 figures.
Fall on Handicap Ramp
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 10/22/2010

State Filed: California

Settlement: Case settled in favor of client well into the high 6 figures

In this case, the client was walking to the entrance of a gas station, when he fell on a handicap ramp. He received significant injuries to his leg and knee, requiring multiple surgeries. We claimed that the ramp was not up to code. The slope angles on the ramp were too steep, the markings on the ramp were not up to code, etc. There were a number of depositions, and multiple parties were in the case. After much work, the case settled in favor of the client.
Patient Raped by Doctor
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 06/18/2011

State Filed: California

Settlement: Case settled in favor of client

In this case, the client was a patient of a medical doctor, who had prescribed multiple prescriptive, and addictive drugs to the client. On one of the patient visits, the doctor had unwanted sexual intercourse with the client/patient. The doctor denied that he had sexual intercourse with the client, and even if he did, the patient/client had consented to the sex. The case settled in favor of the client, shortly before the doctor committed suicide.
Sexually Transmittted Disease (STD) case
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 10/21/2011

State Filed: California

Settlement: Case settled in favor of client for well into the 6 figures

This was an unusual case where the client contracted an STD. There were many complicated issues involving proof that the defendant transmitted the STD, a significant statute of limitations issue, and other legal and factual issues. After another law firm dropped the case, we assumed the prosecution of the case. After much discovery, and legal motions, the case then resolved in favor of the client, for well into the 6 figures
Dog Bite, with multiple fractures
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 08/02/2013

State Filed: California

Settlement: Settled well into the 6 figures

This was a case where the client was walking on a horse path, when he was attacked by the defendants Presio Canary dog. These are very menacing dogs. The client received a fracture to his wrist, and a mid back fracture. There was also a lost wage claim. There were pre existing medical issues that made the case complicated, but the case resolved quite favorably for the client. The Defendant's dog had to be put down.
Pedestrian hit in cross walk
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 09/04/2013

State Filed: California

Settlement: Settled favorably well into the 6 figures

This was a case where the client was in the cross walk in the early morning hours. He had a walk sign. The defendant in a van, did not see the client and struck the client, causing a fracture of the shoulder. There was a complicated VA medical reimbursement claim that resolved so that the client did not have to pay anything to the VA. The case resolved very favorably for the client, well into the 6 figures
Man drowns in Homeowners Association Pool
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 03/22/2011

State Filed: California

Settlement: Settled in favor of family in the 7 figures

In this case, an experience swimmer, was in a pool, owned and operated by a Southern California homeowners association. He drowned for unknown reasons while a life guard was on duty. However, the pool was cloudy, and the decedent could not be seen at the bottom of the pool. The family sued the homeowners association, and the case settled for well into the 7 figures.
Slip and Fall in National Grocery Store
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 03/01/2013

State Filed: California

Settlement: Settled in favor of client, well into the 6 figures

Upon our initial investigation, this case appeared to be one that we would lose. Most of these kinds of cases end up with defense verdicts. However, against all odds, we pursued the case, conducted intensive investigation, and discovery, and were able to show that the grocery store was negligent, and did not do what they said they were suppose to do.
Slip and fall, with knee injury, torn meniscus, and lost wages
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 06/12/2012

State Filed: California

Settlement: Settled in favor of client in the 6 figures

In this case, the client was walking out of a trailer that was used as a restroom. He slipped and fell on the platform/stairs that were used to exit the restroom. As a result, he injured his knee, with a torn meniscus. He had surgery. He lost income, and was no longer able to drive a truck, which was his chosen profession
Car/Pedestrian accident with ankle fracture
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 06/21/2011

State Filed: California

Settlement: Case settled in favor of client for policy limits

Here the client was getting out of a car, that had recently parked on a residential street, when another car struck the newly parked car. As a result, the client's ankle was fractured, that required surgery with the installation of hardware. The case settled in favor of the client for the amount of the policy limits.
Rear end vehicle accident, resulting in neck surgery
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 02/22/2012

State Filed: California

Settlement: Case settle in favor of the client in the 6 figures

The client was at a stop because of a red light. The defendant ran into the rear of the client's vehicle. The defendant claimed that his vehicle was defective due to "sudden acceleration". The client eventually had neck surgery, with hardware installed in the neck. He also lost income because of his injuries.
Horse Accident
Area of Law: Personal Injury

Case Date: 09/22/2012

State Filed: California

Settlement: Settled in favor of the client in the 6 figures

This case arose out of a horseback trail ride. The client, a novice, was thrown from her horse, and received a very significant fracture to her arm. She required the installatlon of hardware, and had 3 surgeries. She had frozen shoulder, a torn rotator cuff, and scar revision.

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