Nathan S. Morris
Nathan Morris joined Cutt, Kendell & Olson as a partner in 2017. Nathan is an experienced trial attorney with over 20 years of experience in personal injury and a background that includes both plaintiffs and defense work. During his time at CKO, Nathan has recovered over $25 million for his clients through verdicts and settlements. He specializes in personal injury claims that involve complex liability and damages issues. Most of his clients are referred to him by local attorneys who desire the experience and litigation skills Nathan brings to any case. Over the last 5-years, he has successfully litigated a variety of personal injury claims including complex product liability, trucking collisions, dram-shop “liquor” liability, insurance “bad-faith,” wrongful shooting and excessive force, premises liability, and vehicle negligence cases. Nathan’s last two trials have resulted in jury verdicts of seven-figures.
Nathan is proud to have represented numerous clients who have courageously pursued claims against large companies and state entities, including UDOT, who as a result of one particular lawsuit, made crucial changes that will save lives on Utah highways.
Nathan has represented many clients in high-profile cases that required skillful litigation, an understanding and anticipation of various defense tactics, and the ability to effectively communicate with news outlets and reporters, including:
- A case against Salt Lake City Police Department for the tragic shooting of a 13-year-old autistic young man, which recently resulted in the highest settlement the City has paid out on a wrongful shooting / excessive force case:
- A catastrophic tour bus crash where he represented many involved in the crash including the families of 3 Chinese tourists who lost their lives:
Until 2015, Nathan was a defense lawyer and board member at Richards Brandt Miller Nelson for 13 years where he served as lead counsel in numerous trials including cases for complex canal flooding cases, a catastrophic oil-field injury case which was tried in Wyoming Federal Court, and a two-week medical malpractice case arising from a fatal methadone overdose. His defense experience has given him invaluable insight into the aggressive tactics often employed by insurance companies and corporate America during litigation and when evaluating your claim. This detailed understanding allows him to help navigate your case and maximize your recovery through experience possessed by few other attorneys in Utah.
Nathan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. During his study there he was the moot court chairperson and a member of the UALR Law Review. Nathan has been recognized for his professional excellence and dedication to his clients by Mountain States Super Lawyers and has been named to the Utah Business Magazine Legal Elite. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he was a captain and three-time Collegiate Club All American for the BYU Men’s Soccer team.
In addition to his litigation practice, Nathan enjoys teaching trial advocacy skills and related topics to attorneys. He has been invited to give multiple presentations, locally and nationally, including, “Premises Liability: The Defense Perspective,” and “Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Social Media and Other Complex Issues and Ethical Considerations at Trial.”
Nathan is happily married to his wife of 25 years, Kristen, who together have five wonderful children. He enjoys golf, cooking for his family, reading historical biographies, playing the guitar, and was previously an LDS Bishop.
- Utah Business Magazine Legal Elite
- Best Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
- The Best Lawyers in America
- Top 100 Jury Verdicts in the U.S. in 2022 (Wrongful Death)
- Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG) – Product Liability
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
- Utah Association for Justice (UAJ)
- Utah Bar Association (Litigation)
Our Clients Come First
$16,400,000 Truck Accident Verdict
Jury verdict awarded for an 11-year-old boy whose family was killed in a car accident with an out-of-control semitrailer.
$14,500,000 Medical Malpractice Verdict
Jury verdict for a premature baby that suffered an anemic shock episode, which resulted in a serious and permanent brain injury.
$13,500,000 Spinal Cord Injury Settlement
Young woman paralyzed in a rollover accident.
$12,500,000 Product Liability Settlement
Woman suffered a brain injury in an accident that happened after a tire failed and the vehicle rolled off the freeway.
$4,250,000 Workplace Accident Settlement
Settlement for premature delivery of a baby boy in result of an accident involving his mother at the warehouse where she worked.
$3,000,000 Legal Malpractice Settlement
Settlement on behalf of four adult males who were the victims of legal malpractice committed by a large Salt Lake City law firm.