Ben Morton is a litigator with nineteen years’ experience representing clients in both the state and federal courts as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. He is a partner and a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights, and Tort and Product Liability practice groups. Mr. Morton works principally from the San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles offices and represents clients throughout the state of California. He also serves as coordinating counsel for institutional clients litigating in other states.
Mr. Morton is the chair of the Consumer Protection Statutes and Banking and Finance practice groups, and regularly defends clients against federal and state consumer protection statute claims brought individually and as class actions, including the FDCPA/Rosenthal, FCRA, TCPA, FCRA, CLRA, Rees Levering, UCL (17200), SCRA and others.
As a member of the Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights and Banking and Finance practice groups, Mr. Morton represents financial institutions, including multinational and regional banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders and financial services companies. His practice includes the handling of matters related to lender liability; TILA, Regulation Z and RESPA compliance; real and personal property financing and leasing; receiverships; commercial collection; collateral recovery; real and personal property foreclosures; bankruptcy; loan workouts and other matters related to lender’s rights.
In his Commercial Litigation practice, Mr. Morton handles complex commercial disputes at both the state and federal level, including class action defense. Generally, his practice includes defending and prosecuting litigation involving contractual disputes; claims under California’s Unfair Competition Law; director and officer liability, securities cases, defense of life insurance and financial services companies and insurance and annuity sales practices.
Mr. Morton's tort and product liability experience includes catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases arising from premises and product liability in, among others, the pharmaceutical, construction, public utility, transportation, medical device, and retail industries.
United States District Courts, California
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
Trial Attorneys of America
San Diego County Bar Association
Equipment Leasing & Finance Association, Motor Vehicle Subcommittee