As Co-Chair of the Firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Morris’ extensive experience covers the full range of client claims, including discrimination, wage and hour/unpaid wages, whistleblower/qui tam, and financial malfeasance claims.
During my entire 30-year corporate career, I can say unequivocally that Grant Morris is the most talented and gifted lawyer with whom I have ever worked. The result was extraordinary. Sam Cox, Smith & Nephew Qui Tam Client
Grant Morris is Of Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland, and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice. He received his J.D. from Catholic University Columbus School of Law, M.B.A. with distinction from George Washington University, and B.A. with honors from George Washington University.
Prior to working with Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Morris served as Senior Counsel for First American Bankshares in Washington, DC. Mr. Morris has also worked in the Office of General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Systematic Division, and in the Office of General Counsel at the National Labor Relations Board Appellate Court Branch, both in Washington, DC. Additionally, Mr. Morris clerked for Justice John D. Butzner at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Mr. Morris served as lead counsel in more than 30 class actions involving discrimination and wage and hour claims. Mr. Morris originated and was co-lead counsel on one of the largest class action age discrimination cases in US history, which settled for $58.5 million. In Velez v. Novartis Pharms. Corp. Grant won a $250 million award, the largest recovery in US history. He also a secured $99 million settlement on behalf of the class in one of the largest wage and hour settlements in US history (In re Novartis Wage & Hour Litigation). Mr. Morris has assisted various branches of the NAACP across the country, including its national office, in reviewing and litigating discrimination complaints.
Mr. Morris was previously given the Outstanding Litigator Award by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He graduated from George Washington University in 1968 with an academic scholarship and high honors. Mr. Morris also graduated first in his class with a graduate teaching fellowship from the MBA program at George Washington University in 1970. He graduated from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University in 1973 with honors and an academic scholarship. He was a member of the law review and published two law review articles.
- J.D., Catholic University Columbus School of Law, 1973
- Member, Law Review
- M.B.A., George Washington University with distinction, 1970
- Outstanding Student Award
- Graduate Fellowship
- B.A., George Washington University honors, 1968
- Honorable John D. Butzner, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- District of Columbia, 1979
- Virginia, 1979
According to the complaint, Defendants regularly failed to compensate the Virginia truck drivers for both straight time and overtime during weeks in which they worked over 40 hours
Fauquier County, Virginia, filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs.
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP brought a whistleblower/qui tam matter against AtriCure, Inc, (“AtriCure”), a medical device manufacturer. Subsequently, AtriCure agreed to pay $4.15 million to resolve all claims against it. The Complaint charged that AtriCure violated the Federal False Claims Act by using illegal kickbacks and an off-label marketing campaign to induce doctors and hospitals to perform AtriCure’s costly inpatient cardiac surgical ablation procedures rather than standard, and more effective outpatient catheter ablation procedures. As a result, the Medicare program faced substantially increased costs from AtriCure’s unnecessary and expensive procedures.
Montgomery County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
The settlement resolved allegations that Estech marketed its medical devices to treat atrial fibrillation, a use not approved by the FDA. Allegations also involved Estech’s promoting of expensive heart surgeries using the company’s devices when less invasive alternatives were appropriate; advising hospitals to up-code surgical procedures using the company’s devices to inflate Medicare reimbursements; and paying of kickbacks to healthcare providers to use its devices.
Lee County and the City of Norton filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Martinsville and Henry County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, along with Aashish Y. Desai of the Desai Law Firm, P.C., represented Relator Monique Gipson, who sued San Diego-based Pathway Genomics in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California under the whistleblower provisions of the federal False Claims Act, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the relevant provisions of the false claims acts of the states and the District of Columbia pertaining to healthcare fraud. Gipson was a former sales representative at Pathway Genomics with first-hand knowledge of the company’s wrongdoing.
In 2012, Sanford Heisler Sharp reached a $99 million settlement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (”Novartis”) to resolve a nationwide class and collective action brought on behalf of thousands of Novartis sales representatives. The settlement ranks among the largest wage and hour settlements.
Page County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Galax and Giles County filed the lawsuits in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Washington County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP won a $11.3 million qui tam settlement against Smith & Nephew one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. The whistleblower, represented by the firm and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged that Smith & Nephew violated the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) and the False Claims Act by selling products to the Government that were manufactured in countries with which the United States is not a trading partner, under contracts governed by the TAA.
The City of Alexandria and Dickenson County, Virginia, represented by Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, and The Cicala Law Firm PLLC became the first municipalities in the Commonwealth of Virginia to pursue legal action against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for their role in creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids.
The company categorized these workers as salaried managerial employees but failed to pay them on a true salary basis. If the employees failed to work a particular number of hours per week, City Gear did not pay them their full salaries; instead, the company took pay deductions premised on an hourly rate of pay. The employees alleged that the company could not have it both ways and must pay them for their overtime. The case settled on a class basis in 2014.