Charles R.A. Morse

Charles Morse is an appellate lawyer with particular experience in products liability and class action issues. He advises clients on a wide variety of legal issues arising in cases of all types in federal and state courts and arbitral tribunals throughout the U.S. His work most often involves briefing and arguing appeals and trial court motions.

Charles has played a leading role in Jones Day's national representation of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in its smoking and health cases. He helped write the briefs in the Engle appeal, which culminated in the Florida Supreme Court's decision (Engle v. Liggett Grp., Inc., 945 So. 2d 1246 (Fla. 2006)), and since 2007 has served as a legal adviser to the trial teams overseeing the thousands of "Engle-progeny" cases that have been filed against Reynolds in Florida state and federal courts (more than 100 of which have gone to trial). In that capacity, he has briefed and argued many motions and appeals. These have touched on topics including strict liability (design defect), negligence, fraudulent concealment, civil conspiracy, punitive damages, comparative fault, medical causation, admissibility of expert testimony, and the statutes of limitation and repose. [1]