Supreme Court of Missouri appoints new counsel
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Supreme Court of Missouri has selected Deputy Solicitor General Jeremiah J. Morgan to serve as counsel to the Court, a position responsible for advising the Supreme Court judges. Morgan began working in his new position today.
“I am pleased that Jeremiah Morgan has accepted the Court’s offer to become its general counsel,” Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge said. “He is a talented lawyer who has served the state well as deputy solicitor general. In that role, he has appeared many times before the Court in oral argument, and we welcome him now in this new capacity. The Court believes his knowledge, experience and dedication to the law will be a valuable asset.”
Morgan said, “It is an honor to serve as general counsel to the Supreme Court of Missouri. Having appeared before the Court many times, I have a deep appreciation for the judges’ intellect, devotion and service. I look forward to a closer association and the opportunity to serve the judiciary and the people of Missouri.”
A native of Independence, Missouri, Morgan earned his bachelor of science, magna cum laude, in political science in 1995 from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where he also was a first-string violinist for the university symphony and a varsity letterman in football. He earned his law degree, summa cum laude, in 1998 from Brigham Young University Law School in Provo, Utah, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and lead articles editor for the school’s law review. Following graduation from law school, Morgan served as a law clerk to Judge C. Arlen Beam of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Lincoln, Nebraska. He then spent a decade as litigation and appellate counsel at Bryan Cave LLP in Kansas City. He has served as deputy solicitor general for the attorney general’s office since January 2009.
Morgan also is active both in the legal community and the community at large. He frequently presents continuing legal education courses in a variety of topics and has won awards from The Missouri Bar and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association for leading a volunteer project dedicated to working with neighborhood associations to address abandoned housing in Kansas City’s urban core. He is a Boy Scout troop unit leader and merit badge counselor, is an ecclesiastical leader for 13 congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is a trustee of the Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society. Morgan is married to the former Rebecca McDavitt of Raytown, Missouri, and they have five children.
###Contact: Beth S. Riggert
Supreme Court of Missouri