Specialty: Civil Litigation
Benedict Morelli and his team continue their impressive track record of results. In December of 2019, the firm secured a $102M verdict for Mark Perez, a worker who was severely injured after a forklift crashed into a Best Buy booth he was constructing at Live Nation’s Jones Beach theater. After Morelli argued in front of the Appellate Division, First Department, the court upheld $20 million in pain and suffering, the largest affirmed award in the state’s history. With lost wages, medical expenses, and post-judgement interest, the entire award came to over $50 million.
“This was a massive victory for our firm, Perez, and all victims of catastrophic injuries due to negligence,” said Morelli. “With its decision, the court created a new benchmark for damages that is more reflective of the modern era.”
In addition to Perez, Mr. Morelli and team have racked up an impressive list of jury verdicts and settlements in a variety of civil cases. Since the firm’s founding, they have secured more than a
billion dollars on behalf of their clients.
Impressive firm results include a $95M jury verdict in a sexual harassment case involving Aaron’s Inc., as well as a $62M verdict for a construction worker who fell from a roof and suffered a brain injury. One critical reason for this success is that unlike many firms, Morelli Law has the experience, patience, and resources to pursue cases for the long haul.
“At my core, I’m a trial lawyer,” said Morelli. “Because of our experience and accomplishments in the courtroom, adversaries know that we’re prepared to pursue the best result possible. Going to trial does not intimidate us.”
Mr. Morelli also secured a confidential settlement with MGM Grand on behalf of the family of a young girl who was electrocuted after touching a staircase handle at MGM’s National Harbor location in
Currently, the firm is representing the estate of famed New York City architect, Erica Tishman, who tragically died after a piece of building façade fell from a midtown building and struck her on the head. Mr. Morelli also filed suit on behalf of Annabel Sen, a young woman who was struck by patio furniture that fell from a penthouse in New York City. She endured severe brain injuries and has undergone multiple brain surgeries.
These types of high-profile, well-publicized cases are nothing new for the firm. Mr. Morelli negotiated a confidential settlement with Walmart on behalf of Tracy Morgan after the comedian’s limousine was struck by one of the company’s trucks in 2014. The firm also helped negotiate the historic $265M settlement with Amtrak stemming from a 2015 train derailment outside Philadelphia that left eight dead and more than 200 injured. As part of that process, the firm was instrumental in helping convince Congress to raise the $200 mil¬lion cap on damages Amtrak could pay.
Morelli Law also represents more than a thousand women in litigation against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that their use of the company’s talcum
powder caused their ovarian cancer.
Regardless of the case, Mr. Morelli and his team are motivated by the opportunity to help those who have been disenfranchised or wronged achieve the justice they deserve.
“Corporations are powerful actors in our society and it takes significant will and resources to hold them accountable,” remarked Morelli. “We are fortunate to be in a position to empower individuals to take on companies when they have done wrong by them.”