Charles F. (Chip) Mo ...

Charles F. (Chip)

Morrow

Overview

Chip is a member of Butler Snow’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices & Healthcare Group, where he focuses his practice on health-related matters, including representation of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in multidistrict litigations and consolidated state proceedings and individual cases in state and federal courts. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, The Legal 500 U.S., and Super Lawyers®. He is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

About

Chip has over 30 years of experience and has managed multiple complex matters. He regularly deposes treating physicians and expert witnesses and has worked extensively with experts and company witnesses in complex cases. He also has experience in strategy development and managing teams as national coordinating counsel and in negotiating and structuring settlements for mass torts. His experience includes serving as Lead Defense Liaison Counsel in In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Product Liability Litigation, (12-MD-2331 (JG)(VVP)), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York and In re: Propecia® Litigation, (Case No. 623, Civil Action), Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Middlesex County. He also served as national defense counsel for multiple one-off claims involving statins and other cholesterol lowering medications.

Chip’s trial experience includes serving as lead trial counsel in several cases, including Powell v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in the Topamax® litigation.  He has also played a trial support role for lead counsel in various cases, including Maya v. McNeil, et al., in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas involving Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Children’s Motrin (2011), among others.

In addition to his product liability work, Chip has experience representing clients in class actions, commercial disputes, medical professional liability cases, personal injury suits, and intellectual property litigation.  He also handles mass transportation and trucking defense cases and is a member of the firm’s 24-Hour Accident Investigation Team.

Chip obtained his J.D. from University of Louisville and B.B.A. in Finance from University of Kentucky. He is admitted to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Experience

  • In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Product Liability Litigation, (12-MD-2331 (JG)(VVP)), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, Lead Defense Liaison Counsel.
  • In re: Propecia® Litigation, (Case No. 623, Civil Action), Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Middlesex County, Lead Defense Liaison Counsel.
  • Statin/Cholesterol Lowering Medication Litigation, national defense counsel for multiple one-off claims involving injuries allegedly arising from use of statin/cholesterol medications.
  • In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Prods. Liability Lit., Coordinated Proceedings: Superior Ct. of CA, County of San Francisco, J.C.C.P No. 4863 (individual case work-up)
  • In re: Topamax Litigation, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Powell v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., No. 02251, Lead Trial Counsel. 
  • In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2545, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (individual case work-up in multiple jurisdictions). 
  • In re: Prempro Products Liability Litigation (Hormone Replacement Therapy, MDL No. 1507 (4:03-cv-1507-BRW), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas (including several actions in federal court in Mississippi.)
  • In re: Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 1407, U.S. District of Washington (including several actions in federal court in Mississippi.)
  • Betterton v. Evans, et al., (2:02-CV-318-PB) Northern District, Mississippi, medical malpractice/wrongful death claim arising from pacemaker implantation; successfully obtained defense verdict.
  • North American Electric v. Western Electric Pacific, Ltd., (2:01-CV-00175-EMB) U.S. District Court, Northern District, Mississippi, breach of contract.
  • Johnny’s Fine Foods, Inc. v. Johnny’s Inc., 286 F.Supp.2d 876, 68 U.S.P.Q. 2d1505 (M.D. 2003), Lead Trial Counsel, trademark infringement (Lead trial counsel.)
  • Caldwell v. Mentor Corporation, et al., Circuit Court, Memphis, Tennessee, Lead trial counsel, products liability – medical device—penile implant, obtained directed verdict at close of all proof.
  • Matlock v. Hester, State Court, Memphis, Tennessee, Lead trial counsel, automobile accident.
  • Flipp v. Stevenson, State Court, Memphis, Tennessee, breach of contract.

Assisted the trial team in the following cases:

  • Maya v. McNeil, et al., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas trial involving Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Children’s Motrin (2011).
  • Hutto v. McNeil, et al., Louisiana trial involving acetaminophen overdose (2010).
  • Cox v. Davis, State Court, Memphis, Tennessee, medical malpractice.
  • Cox v. General Motors, 1996 WL 266649 (Tenn.Ct.App., 1996), products liability.
  • Blackshears v. General Motors, U.S. District Court, Western District, Tennessee, products liability.
  • Middleton v. Illinois Central Railroad, State Court, Memphis, Tennessee, FELA.
  • Moltan Company v. Eagle-Picher Industries Inc., 55 F.3d. 1171, (6th Cir. (Tenn.) 1995), Lanham Act – unfair competition.
  • Breast Implant Litigation—Assisted in work-up of cases.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (Memphis), 2020
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2023
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2006-2008, 2011-2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • The Legal 500 U.S.
    • Recognized in the editorial for nationwide Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – Defense, 2019.
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1996
  • Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Tennessee: Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 2nd Circuit
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit

Education

  • University of Louisville, J.D., 1989
    • Member, Journal of Family Law
  • University of Kentucky, B.B.A., Finance, 1986

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Mississippi Bar
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA)
  • Memphis Bar Association

Papers, Presentations & Publications

Charles F. (Chip)

Morrow

Overview

Chip is a member of Butler Snow’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices & Healthcare Group, where he focuses his practice on health-related matters, including representation of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in multidistrict litigations and consolidated state proceedings and individual cases in state and federal courts. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, The Legal 500 U.S., and Super Lawyers®. He is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

About

Chip has over 30 years of experience and has managed multiple complex matters. He regularly deposes treating physicians and expert witnesses and has worked extensively with experts and company witnesses in complex cases. He also has experience in strategy development and managing teams as national coordinating counsel and in negotiating and structuring settlements for mass torts. His experience includes serving as Lead Defense Liaison Counsel in In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Product Liability Litigation, (12-MD-2331 (JG)(VVP)), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York and In re: Propecia® Litigation, (Case No. 623, Civil Action), Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Middlesex County. He also served as national defense counsel for multiple one-off claims involving statins and other cholesterol lowering medications.

Chip’s trial experience includes serving as lead trial counsel in several cases, including Powell v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in the Topamax® litigation.  He has also played a trial support role for lead counsel in various cases, including Maya v. McNeil, et al., in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas involving Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Children’s Motrin (2011), among others.

In addition to his product liability work, Chip has experience representing clients in class actions, commercial disputes, medical professional liability cases, personal injury suits, and intellectual property litigation.  He also handles mass transportation and trucking defense cases and is a member of the firm’s 24-Hour Accident Investigation Team.

Chip obtained his J.D. from University of Louisville and B.B.A. in Finance from University of Kentucky. He is admitted to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Experience

  • In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Product Liability Litigation, (12-MD-2331 (JG)(VVP)), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, Lead Defense Liaison Counsel.
  • In re: Propecia® Litigation, (Case No. 623, Civil Action), Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Middlesex County, Lead Defense Liaison Counsel.
  • Statin/Cholesterol Lowering Medication Litigation, national defense counsel for multiple one-off claims involving injuries allegedly arising from use of statin/cholesterol medications.
  • In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Prods. Liability Lit., Coordinated Proceedings: Superior Ct. of CA, County of San Francisco, J.C.C.P No. 4863 (individual case work-up)
  • In re: Topamax Litigation, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Powell v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., No. 02251, Lead Trial Counsel. 
  • In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2545, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (individual case work-up in multiple jurisdictions). 
  • In re: Prempro Products Liability Litigation (Hormone Replacement Therapy, MDL No. 1507 (4:03-cv-1507-BRW), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas (including several actions in federal court in Mississippi.)
  • In re: Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 1407, U.S. District of Washington (including several actions in federal court in Mississippi.)
  • Betterton v. Evans, et al., (2:02-CV-318-PB) Northern District, Mississippi, medical malpractice/wrongful death claim arising from pacemaker implantation; successfully obtained defense verdict.
  • North American Electric v. Western Electric Pacific, Ltd., (2:01-CV-00175-EMB) U.S. District Court, Northern District, Mississippi, breach of contract.
  • Johnny’s Fine Foods, Inc. v. Johnny’s Inc., 286 F.Supp.2d 876, 68 U.S.P.Q. 2d1505 (M.D. 2003), Lead Trial Counsel, trademark infringement (Lead trial counsel.)
  • Caldwell v. Mentor Corporation, et al., Circuit Court, Memphis, Tennessee, Lead trial counsel, products liability – medical device—penile implant, obtained directed verdict at close of all proof.
  • Matlock v. Hester, State Court, Memphis, Tennessee, Lead trial counsel, automobile accident.
  • Flipp v. Stevenson, State Court, Memphis, Tennessee, breach of contract.

Assisted the trial team in the following cases:

  • Maya v. McNeil, et al., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas trial involving Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Children’s Motrin (2011).
  • Hutto v. McNeil, et al., Louisiana trial involving acetaminophen overdose (2010).
  • Cox v. Davis, State Court, Memphis, Tennessee, medical malpractice.
  • Cox v. General Motors, 1996 WL 266649 (Tenn.Ct.App., 1996), products liability.
  • Blackshears v. General Motors, U.S. District Court, Western District, Tennessee, products liability.
  • Middleton v. Illinois Central Railroad, State Court, Memphis, Tennessee, FELA.
  • Moltan Company v. Eagle-Picher Industries Inc., 55 F.3d. 1171, (6th Cir. (Tenn.) 1995), Lanham Act – unfair competition.
  • Breast Implant Litigation—Assisted in work-up of cases.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (Memphis), 2020
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2023
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2006-2008, 2011-2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • The Legal 500 U.S.
    • Recognized in the editorial for nationwide Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – Defense, 2019.
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1996
  • Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Tennessee: Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 2nd Circuit
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit

Education

  • University of Louisville, J.D., 1989
    • Member, Journal of Family Law
  • University of Kentucky, B.B.A., Finance, 1986

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Mississippi Bar
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA)
  • Memphis Bar Association

Papers, Presentations & Publications