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Offit Kurman Attorney Neil A. Morris Represented Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | April 28, 2015 Neil A. Morris, of Offit Kurman, Chair of the Labor & Employment Group Philadelphia Regional Office, recently represented Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania prevailing for the Township in a labor arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”).  This matter involved the discharge of a Police Officer who was accused of the abuse of a prisoner and other violations.  Warminster Township v. Schmalz.  The matter, from the employer’s viewpoint, was complicated by the fact that the Officer was arrested and tried in criminal court but was found “not guilty” at a non-jury trial.  The Township matter was an administrative proceeding lasting 11 trial days over more than two years.  The AAA Arbitrator found in the Township’s favor and upheld the discharge. The decision is not appealable.

ABOUT NEIL MORRIS

Philadelphia Labor and Employment Attorney nmorris@offitkurman.com | 267.338.1383 Neil Morris has passionately represented employers for the last 25 years. Mr. Morris specializes in the areas of labor and employment, municipal labor law, employment discrimination, defamation and business litigation. Mr. Morris has served as Special/Labor Counsel for more than 35 Pennsylvania Townships and Boroughs, the County of Bucks and many private employers. He is often brought into municipalities to handle “crisis” situations involving employees and/or management. Mr. Morris handles cases throughout the country including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia. In 1999, Neil achieved one of the highest defamation jury awards ever in Pennsylvania for a business client. He also has extensive appellate experience arguing appellate cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court as well as various Federal District Courts and before the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Tenth Circuits. Mr. Morris has also argued successfully before the Mississippi Supreme Court.