Herman Morris


Herman Morris, Jr., is the City Attorney of Memphis, Tennessee. In this capacity he represents the city prosecutes and defends all law suits brought by or against the city, collects taxes, supervises the review and adjustment claims by or against the city, drafts and reviews contracts provides legal advice and counsel to city officials, issues opinions and drafts and ordinances. He has been recognized by Woodard & White as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" several times. He is the former President, Chief Executive Officer, and prior to that General Counsel for Memphis Light, Gas, and Water.

A graduate of Rhodes College and Vanderbilt University School of Law, Mr. Morris is a product of the Memphis Public School system and life long Memphian.

Mr. Morris has been recognized and awarded for his leadership contributions and efforts by numerous community organizations and professional associations including:

  • Alumni Hall of Fame, Memphis City Schools
  • Humanitarian of the Year Award, National Conference for Community and Justice
  • Hero of Entrepreneurial Law, Memphis Bar Association and Memphis and Shelby County Bar Foundation "Heroes Series" Award
  • Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Rhodes College Black Student Association
  • Communicator of the Year, Memphis Chapter of Public Relations Society of America
  • Executive Father of the Year, Silver Star News
  • Rhodes College Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Employer of the Year, National Employee Services and Recreational Association
  • Executive of the Year, Professional Secretaries International, Inc
  • Boss of the Year, Memphis Legal Secretaries Association
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Volunteer Center of Memphis


Morris was admitted to practice law before the following courts dates:

  • Supreme Court of Tennessee, 1977
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 1980
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


He has written several articles and publications and presented numerous seminar topics including:

  • "Best of Intentions," Case Study, Harvard Business Review,
  • "Leaders on Leadership," American Gas Association Magazine,
  • "Innovative Strategies Supporting Business Diversity," Black Enterprise 100 Conference,
  • "You Diversify Your Stocks, Why Not Your Staff?" American Water Works Association 120th Annual Conference,
  • "Diversity: An Asset to Our Business," BellSouth Diversity Conference
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