Charles Morse defends clients in high-stakes products liability cases, with more than a dozen years of experience handling mass litigations involving claims by hundreds or even thousands of individuals.
Charles has played a leading role in Jones Day's national representation of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in its smoking and health cases. He was an author of the briefs in the Engle appeal, which culminated in the Florida Supreme Court's decision (Engle v. Liggett Grp., Inc., 945 So. 2d 1246 (Fla. 2006)), and since 2007 has served as a legal adviser to trial teams overseeing the thousands of "Engle progeny" cases that have been filed against Reynolds in Florida state and federal courts (more than 100 of which have gone to trial). In that capacity, he has briefed and argued many motions and appeals. These have touched on topics including federal preemption, strict liability (design defect), negligence, fraudulent concealment, civil conspiracy, punitive damages, comparative fault, medical causation, admissibility of expert testimony, and the statutes of limitation and repose.
Charles serves as partner responsible for the Firm's Library and Research Services Department. He also oversees the Firm's work with the Office of the Appellate Defender's Volunteer Appellate Defender program and has handled a number of pro bono matters himself.
- March 2007
'Tinkering' Close to the Edge, Educ. Leadership, at 52 (commenting on Poway v. Harper Unified Sch. Dist., 445 F.3d 1166 (9th Cir. 2006)).
The Supreme Court, 1993 Term—Leading Cases, 108 Harv. L. Rev. 139, 300 (commenting on Dalton v. Specter, 511 U.S. 642)
Recent Development, Habeas Corpus and 'Actual Innocence,' 16 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 848 (commenting on Herrera v. Collins, 506 U.S. 390)
- May 25, 2006
Provisions, Problems and Possibilities: What We Know Today About the New I.D.E.A., 14th Annual Conference on Serving Youth and Adults with Learning Disabilities CREC (Capitol Region Education Council)
- October 27-29, 2005
Recent Developments in the Law Governing Learning Disabilities, New York State Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention
- May 2005
Recent Developments in Legislation Impacting Individuals with Disabilities, Capitol Region Education Council (Hartford, Connecticut), 13th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities, speaker
- Harvard University (J.D. 1995; Executive Editor, Harvard Law Review); University of Alberta (B.A. 1992)
- New York; District of Columbia; Florida; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida, and Southern District of New York
American Law Institute (2011-present)
Harvard Law Review Board of Overseers (2008-present)
Adviser, Restatement of the Law Third Torts: Remedies (2019-present)
- Law Clerk to: the Honourable Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci, Supreme Court of Canada (1996-1997) and the Honourable Madam Justice Ellen Picard, Court of Appeal of Alberta, Canada (1995-1996)