Jason L. Morris


Jason is an associate in the Newport Beach office.  Jason’s practice concentrates on the areas of labor and employment law and business litigation.  He represents employers involved in a variety of industries, including construction, transportation, publishing, restaurants and food service, education, financial services, lending, medical services, retail services, and fitness and lifestyle in traditional litigation as well as agency hearings, arbitration, and mediation.

After successfully prosecuting and defending hundreds of military service members and advising senior military officials during his Marine Corps career, Jason brings the same mentality to his civilian practice in order to help companies of all sizes across many industries find solutions to complex problems, minimize risk, and prevent and reduce operational disruptions.

Jason defends employers against claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, unfair competition, wage and hour violations, employee misclassification, and violations of the FMLA, CFRA, pregnancy disability leave laws, and sick leave law.  Jason’s recent employment litigation matters include:

Defend a transportation services company in suit by former employee alleging race discrimination, hostile work environment, and unfair competition.
Defend a commercial construction company in suit by former employee alleging retaliation, failure to pay overtime, and misclassification.
Defend a hotel and restaurant group in suit by former employee alleging wrongful termination, failure to provide meal and rest periods, violation of whistleblower laws, sexual harassment, and gender and disability discrimination.

Jason advises employers and business owners regarding wage and hour audits, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, employment policies, and employee handbooks.  Jason also conducts and assists with internal investigations and training seminars.  Jason’s recent employment policy and investigation matters include:

Draft employee handbooks, employment policies, employee agreements, and independent contractor agreements.
Advise employers regarding pregnancy disability leave, disability accommodation, sick leave policies, and acquisition of employees.
Conduct investigations of claims of disability discrimination, sexual harassment, exposure to infectious disease, and creation of a hostile work environment.

Jason represents business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives in pre-litigation and litigation involving claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud, interference with economic advantage, and breach of fiduciary duties.Jason’s recent business litigation matters include:

Prosecute claims on behalf of a financial services company against competitor and former employee for trade secret misappropriation, fraud, and unfair competition.
Represent a financial services start-up and company executive faced with claims of wrongful solicitation of employees, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of fiduciary duties.
Defend a large retail services company against claims of fraud, violation of privacy laws, breach of contract, and unfair competition.

Prior to joining Newmeyer & Dillion, Jason served eight years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate.  During that time, Jason served at the Pentagon where he advised senior military and civilian leaders, as well as a Senior Defense Attorney and Prosecutor.  Jason is experienced with advising large institutional clients regarding a broad range of complex issues, and he has prosecuted or defended more than 300 military service members, including those charged with felonies and capital crimes.

Jason is also a combat veteran, having deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, a Marine infantry battalion.  In his continuing capacity in the Marine Corps Reserves, Jason represents military service members in military courts of appeal.

• Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals
• Afghanistan Campaign Medal
• Humanitarian Service Medal

• Co-Presenter, “Preventing Litigation Through Insurance & Employment Practices,” Apartment Association of OC’s 48th Annual Trade Show & Conference, March 28, 2019.
• Presenter, "Compliance For California Employers: New Laws & Cases, Emerging Issues," 2019 iSolved Compliance Seminar, March 19, 2019.
• Co-presenter, “Employment Legislation and Key Case Law Review,” 2019 N&D Builder Update seminar
• Co-presenter, “California Worker Classification: Determining Employee or Independent Contractor Status Post-Dynamex Decision,” Center For Competitive Management (C4CM), October 9, 2018
• Co-Presenter, “2018 Employment Legislation,” 2018 N&D Builder Update seminar

• Author, "Setting New Managers Up For Success," Association for Talent Development, April 11, 2018
• Author, "5,4,3,2,1: Happy New... List of Additional Employment Laws You Must Navigate?," Newmeyer & Dillion, January 11, 2018
• Author, "It's 2017: Are You In Compliance? The Top 8 New Employment Laws That Impact Your Business Right Now!," Newmeyer & Dillion, February 3, 2017
• Co-Author, "Federal Defend Trade Secrets Enacted," Newmeyer & Dillion, July 5, 2016
• Author, "The Mechanics of Paying Employees and Providing Wage Statements: How to Ensure Compliance and Avoid Costly Penalties," Newmeyer & Dillion, September 29, 2015
• Author, "How the Amended California Family Rights Act Regulations Will Impact Your Business," Newmeyer & Dillion, April 29, 2015

Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2006
Marian University, B.A., cum laude, 2003

California, 2013
Indiana, 2006

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals

Orange County Bar Association
School on Wheels - Volunteer & Tutor
Indiana University Alumni - Orange County, President

Honorable Ezra H. Friedlander, Indiana Court of Appeals, 2006-2007

Orange County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
Indiana University Alumni Association, Life Member, Current President
   – Orange County Chapter
November 10th Association, Trustee
School on Wheels, Volunteer Tutor