Kelsey S. Morris is a member of the firm’s litigation practice.

Practice & Background

Ms. Morris focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of class action defense and false claims and qui tam actions.  She has represented clients in California state court and federal courts throughout the 9th Circuit, developing particular experience in pursuing and leveraging concentrated discovery efforts for success in summary judgment and trial phases.

Between years of practicing at Akin Gump, Ms. Morris served as a law clerk to the Honorable André Birotte Jr. of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Morris received her J.D. cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2011, earning both Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. While a Faculty Scholar at Pepperdine, she was an associate editor of the Pepperdine Law Review and a member of Pepperdine’s nationally ranked Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy teams.  Ms. Morris also served as an extern for the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Ms. Morris received her B.A. summa cum laude in the study of public policy from Patrick Henry College in 2008.

Representative Matters

Ms. Morris’s recent engagements include:

  • Defending entities in a False Claims Act case involving the largest beef recall in history, resulting in summary judgment against the government on claims alleging more than $300 million in damages and penalties
  • Representing a property/casualty insurance company in a qui tam action alleging violations of the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act based on the insured’s submission of false claims for payment
  • Defending a global television brand in a multi-district class action litigation concerning alleged violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act