Benjamin S. Morrell

Associate Chicago

Summary

Ben is an associate in Taft's Employment and Labor Relations group. His practice is dedicated to advising and defending employers in a wide variety of litigation matters at the trial-court level and on appeal. Ben has also represented clients in proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board.

Prior to joining Taft, Ben was an associate with a national law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. There, his work focused on unfair competition and trade secrets, employment discrimination, wage-and-hour issues, arbitration, and workplace safety.

Ben has extensive experience clerking for federal judges at both the trial and appellate levels. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Griffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to the Honorable J. Daniel Breen and S. Thomas Anderson of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Ben earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and his bachelor's degree in political science from Rhodes College.

Ben regularly authors articles on current issues in labor and employment law. His writings have appeared in several publications, including Law360 and Employee Benefit Plan Review.

Ben is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, His Illinois license is pending. 

All Service Areas

Education

  • Duke University School of Law (2016)
  • Rhodes College (2012)

    B.A. - Political Science 

Admissions

  • State - District of Columbia
  • State - North Carolina
  • State - Tennessee
  • Federal - 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Central District of Illinois
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal - Southern District of Illinois
  • Federal - Eastern District of Michigan
  • Federal - Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Federal - Middle District of North Carolina
  • Federal - Western District of North Carolina
  • Federal - Middle District of Tennessee
  • Federal - Western District of Tennessee
  • Federal - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Federal - Western District of Wisconsin

Notable Matters

  • In a precedent-setting case, successfully challenged a federal agency’s adverse decision on constitutional grounds before a federal appellate court, attaining vacatur and a new hearing.
  • Attained complete dismissal of unfair labor practice charges following a trial on the merits before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Attained summary judgment of all claims in a high-dollar federal employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought under Title VII and the ADA.
  • Attained dismissal from a putative collective/class action alleging wage-and-hour violations and compelled individual arbitrations of the lead plaintiffs’ claims.