Plaza Hotel & Casino. The trademark case
got a lot of attention in 2007, including
coverage in The New York Times.
El-Ad prevailed before a jury. Ironically,
however, they changed directions after
the economic downturn and never built
their resort. Instead they ended up leasing
rights to the Plaza name to the frowsy
According to Sheara Arbit, general
counsel for the El-Ad Group, “[Morris] is one
of the most eloquent litigators I have ever
heard in a courtroom.” Regardless of the
ambiguous outcome, “hearing him speak, it
was like going to the theater.
“Sometimes when lawyers have a lot of
success they become pompous. But he has
maintained a gentleness to him that gives
people the focus that is needed to make
them understand what he’s saying. He
doesn’t talk down to people.”
He is markedly grounded. To understand
how grounded he is, it’s best perhaps to
get outside the courtroom, put your knees
onto the grass, and understand the world
of flyball. That’s not a legal term. The law
has earned him many awards, but flyball
presents rewards all its own.
Flyball is a sport for dogs, a relay race in
which the animals line up, leap over hurdles,
and when they get to the end of the track,
press a pad on a box to release a tennis ball
into the air. The pooch must catch the ball
and race back to its owner, and the four
fastest dogs win.
Kris Pickering has been a director of the
North American Flyball Association, and
together she and Morris have run the Flying
Colors team. It’s an activity remote from
the world of Vegas courtrooms. In flyball,
the prizes typically are chew toys, pieces of
rawhide, tug toys and the like.
Flyball, Morris says, “is a form of
competitive relaxation in which the
participants, particularly the dogs, exhaust
themselves, but in doing so do not demand
bullet-proof answers to unanswerable legal
questions.” Sometimes a tug toy is all the
answer you need.
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