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JT Morris

Founder and Attorney

Tel: 512-717-5275 | E-mail

After practicing with two nationally-prominent law firms in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, JT Morris started his own firm focusing on trial and appellate litigation involving the First Amendment and defense of free speech, copyright and trademark infringement, and digital media and internet law disputes. JT enjoys serving a diverse array of clients in the practice areas he enjoys most. And with his background in computer science and tech, JT is especially at home helping clients where technology and content meet the law.

Starting his own practice also gave JT the chance to take on more cases important to the public interest, which he gladly does often. Indeed, some of JT's recent successes involve the First Amendment rights of citizens to speak on government social media pages, helping citizens defend their expressive freedoms under the Texas anti-SLAPP law, and protecting a public school student's intellectual property rights.

On top of his litigation work, JT regularly helps clients solve legal problems relating to social media and the internet, intellectual property enforcement and licensing, and threats to freedom of expression and to privacy. And furthering his commitment to First Amendment rights, JT has represented individuals and organizations and advised officials on legislation and policy affecting freedom of speech and freedom of the press. He also often provides expert commentary in the media on the First Amendment and other legal issues.

When JT is not lawyering, he usually can be found fly fishing, reading (Elmore Leonard is a favorite), and spending time with his family in the Texas hill country.

B.S. (Computer Science and Economics), magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2003

J.D., William and Mary Law School,  2006.

State Bar Admissions:

  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Federal Court Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

"It is Not a Crime to Be a Journalist," Media Law Resource Center MediaLaw Letter, October 2021

Presenter and Facilitator, “Hot Issues in Social Media,” ABA Forum on Communications Law Annual Conference, February 2020.

Panelist, "The CASE Act: Power to Creatives or Copyright Trolls," Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the Austin Bar Association, December 2019.

Panelist, "Texas Legislature: Restoring Transparency, Protecting Free Speech," Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas 2019 Annual Conference.

“Free Speech and Prior Restraint in Texas, with Some Help from Hollywood,” Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Spring 2017

Activities and Associations:

Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section

Austin Bar Association

Austin Intellectual Property Law Association

Volunteer Attorney, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

Recognition:

Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters publication),  2021

"Rising Star," Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters publication), 2014, 2016, & 2018-2020.

JT-Morris-1213-4X5

JT Morris

Founder and Attorney

Tel: 512-717-5275 | E-mail

After practicing with two nationally-prominent law firms in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, JT Morris started his own firm focusing on trial and appellate litigation involving the First Amendment and defense of free speech, copyright and trademark infringement, and digital media and internet law disputes. JT enjoys serving a diverse array of clients in the practice areas he enjoys most. And with his background in computer science and tech, JT is especially at home helping clients where technology and content meet the law.

Starting his own practice also gave JT the chance to take on more cases important to the public interest, which he gladly does often. Indeed, some of JT's recent successes involve the First Amendment rights of citizens to speak on government social media pages, helping citizens defend their expressive freedoms under the Texas anti-SLAPP law, and protecting a public school student's intellectual property rights.

On top of his litigation work, JT regularly helps clients solve legal problems relating to social media and the internet, intellectual property enforcement and licensing, and threats to freedom of expression and to privacy. And furthering his commitment to First Amendment rights, JT has represented individuals and organizations and advised officials on legislation and policy affecting freedom of speech and freedom of the press. He also often provides expert commentary in the media on the First Amendment and other legal issues.

When JT is not lawyering, he usually can be found fly fishing, reading (Elmore Leonard is a favorite), and spending time with his family in the Texas hill country.

B.S. (Computer Science and Economics), magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2003

J.D., William and Mary Law School,  2006.

State Bar Admissions:

  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Federal Court Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

"It is Not a Crime to Be a Journalist," Media Law Resource Center MediaLaw Letter, October 2021

Presenter and Facilitator, “Hot Issues in Social Media,” ABA Forum on Communications Law Annual Conference, February 2020.

Panelist, "Texas Legislature: Restoring Transparency, Protecting Free Speech," Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas 2019 Annual Conference.

“Free Speech and Prior Restraint in Texas, with Some Help from Hollywood,”Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Spring 2017

Activities and Associations:

Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section

Austin Bar Association

Austin Intellectual Property Law Association

Volunteer Attorney, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

Recognition:

Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters publication),  2021

"Rising Star," Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters publication), 2014, 2016, & 2018-2020.

JT Morris Law focuses on trial and appellate representation along with strategic counseling in First Amendment law; defense against defamation and similar claims; digital media and internet law; and intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, and patent matters.