• Real Estate

  • Employment

  • Bankruptcy

  • Business

Areas of Expertise

With over 20 years of litigation experience, Marilyn Morris knows how to negotiate agreements and solve problems while helping clients reach their business and/or real estate goals. She can prepare, negotiate, field problems, and give sound advice on businesss issues of all type, including internal owner disputes, contact problems, and  purchases and sales. 


For real estate needs, she can address purchases and sales, due, lending issues, on-going owner issues,  commercial leases, including retail and office uses. Marilyn has represented businesses with multiple properties as well as shopping center owners.  Marilyn is skilled at working with opposing attorneys and instills confidence in her clients by her breadth of experience and know-how. Her approach regularly frees clients from time consuming and expenses legal conflicts.

Having once had significant experience in litigation with a winning record, Marilyn is uniquely capable of pre-litigation dispute resolution. She is often asked to also advise business owners and management on a wide range of general business and real estate issues including general contracts, employment concerns, investigation and defense of discrimination and sexual harassment claims and litigation management.

“I like to solve problems and I am very good at doing so. My clients always feel that I am fully ‘in their camp.’ Thus, I have long-time clients whose business I understand. Given my breadth of experience, I can evaluate issues and risks for clients.”

  • Successful resolution of multiple types of title and contract disputes that threatened to delay development projects.

  • Successful representation of a large group of developer creditors in resolving disputed claims, including full paybacks with interest, in massive PG&E bankruptcy.

  • Successful defense of shopping center owners in various commercial lease disputes and in an unusual free speech issue involving street performers.

  • Innovative approaches to successful resolution of real estate disputes involving large tracts of property.

  • Resolution of unusual dispute between developer and timeshare owners relating to payment of monthly dues.

  • Successful acquisitions and sales of real estate, including raw land.

  • Negotiations on title, easements and liens with title insurers in real estate transactions.

Representative Matters


United States District Court, Ninth Circuit


Attorney at Brown, Church & Gee LLP, December 2011 – Present

Attorney at Morgan Miller Blair, 1985 – November 2011

Attorney at Kass Morgan Miller & Wilson, pc, May 1983 – April 1985



J.D., Golden Gate University, 1976 Editor, Golden Gate Law Review

Teaching credential, San Francisco State University, 1969

B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1969


Marilyn Morris

  • Contra Costa Bar Association.

  • Alameda County Women Lawyers

  • Founding Member of East Bay Commercial Real Estate Women

  • Prior member and Secretary of the Contra Costa Chapter of the Inns of Court

  • Past President, Secretary and Finance Committee of Project Second Chance – a literary project for adults

  • Member and past Chairman of The Tuesday Forum, a business women’s organization

  • Active in Temple Isaiah and its committees, Lafayette, California

  • Four Court of Appeal actions (three victories)

  • Experienced in Jury Trials (three wins, no losses)


(925) 943-5000 Work


  • East Bay Business Times,

  • Woman of Distinction 2006 Contra Costa County,

  • Volunteer Award, 2000; Special Recognition,

  • Contra Costa Council member,

  • Super Lawyer recognition: Northern California “Super Lawyer” in the Law & Politics magazine surveys for 2004, 2005 and 2006  

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