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Nicholas E. Morrell

Houston Office

Nick Morrell has experience representing companies in a variety of litigation and regulatory contexts, from regulatory investigations and complex commercial disputes to mass environmental torts and bankruptcy. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in matters involving regulatory compliance, alleged violations of state consumer protection laws, breach of contract, products liability, personal injury and insurance recovery. Recently, Nick has experience representing clients with Texas Citizens Participation Act (the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute) and jurisdiction claims in state court and has assisted in internal investigations.

In his pro bono practice, Nick recently assisted a Syrian refugee in obtaining a grant of asylum in the United States after representing her at her asylum hearing. He also has represented a couple to finalize their adoption of twins and resolve a dispute with the adoption agency in mediation. He also represented a veteran to fix a problem with a child support determination made while the soldier was on a training exercise.

Before joining Katten, Nick was an associate at another large corporate law firm. After law school, he served as a briefing attorney at the Texas First Court of Appeals for the Honorable Michael Massengale. During law school, he interned for the Honorable Xavier Rodriguez of the Western District of Texas and the Honorable Phylis Speedlin of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, and was a member of The University of Texas's National Appellate Advocacy competition moot court team.

Before law school, Nick served in the US Army Reserve as a civil affairs sergeant.

Shown below is a selection of Nicholas’s engagements.

  • Representation of a national oil and gas services company in internal investigations following safety incidents.
  • Representation of an entertainment television production company in defending lawsuit brought by family of famous singer on jurisdictional and First Amendment grounds.
  • Representation of a major chemical company in litigation with safety regulator and defense of potential future litigation.
  • Representation of a chemical company as premises owner in a complex personal injury and insurance recovery suit.
  • Counsel to an indenture trustee on protecting its creditor rights in multiple bankruptcy proceedings for oil and gas exploration companies.
  • Representation of multiple large industrial companies in defending mass tort litigation regarding alleged asbestos exposure.
  • Representation of an industrial manufacturer which provided equipment to US Navy vessels in a Fifth Circuit appeal involving jurisdictional issues for governmental contractor immunity.
  • Representation of a customer analysis and research services firm in a breach of contract dispute involving forum non conveniens and deceptive trade practices claims.
Nicholas E. Morrell


  • JD, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, with honors
  • BA, Brown University, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas


  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • The Center for American and International Law's Institute for Energy Law Leadership Academy
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