Benedict Morelli began his career in 1973 as a law clerk in a personal injury law firm, becoming eligible for the bar exam in 1977. After being admitted to the New York State Bar he became a partner and then senior partner of that firm. Mr. Morelli has a degree from City College, NY 1971 and studied law at New York Law School. He is admitted to the United States Supreme Court as well as U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern districts of New York.
Mr. Morelli was a partner at his law firm since 1981 and a senior partner since 1990. In June, 1998, Mr. Morelli dissolved his firm and started Benedict P. Morelli & Associates, which later became Morelli Law Firm.
Mr. Morelli represents clients in Employment Discrimination cases (including racial discrimination, age discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, and gender bias), false arrests, civil rights, complex product liability (including drug product liability – DES, Vioxx, Bextra, Ortho-Evra and Avandia), auto accidents, premises, labor law, and has taken on major corporations including many large investment banks.
Mr. Morelli has been aggressively trying cases for over 35 years, during which he has amassed countless multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of his clients. He has tried every kind of civil case – from a person who tripped and fell over a raised door saddle and broke his hip ($2.6 million – the largest verdict in the country for that injury) to complex medical malpractice cases (the largest verdict in the country for blindness in one eye). He has attained the largest verdict for a loss of three fingers (medical malpractice) and the largest verdict for a crush injury to the arm.
In 2011, Mr. Morelli was lead counsel in a sexual harassment trial in Federal Court in the Southern District of Illinois and received a $95 million verdict (the largest single-plaintiff sexual harassment verdict in history.)
In 2010, Mr. Morelli was lead counsel in a polio vaccine case which had been filed thirty years earlier and received a $22.5 million verdict (the largest verdict in Supreme Court in Staten Island, NY history.) It was also the largest vaccine verdict in U.S. history.
In 1995, his $40 million dollar verdict was featured in the National Law Journal as one of the "Top Ten Verdicts" in the United States.
In addition to trying cases, Mr. Morelli is a past President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and sustaining member and governor of the American Association for Justice, emeritus on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, advocate rank in the American Board of Trial Advocates, member of the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, New York County Lawyer's Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, and past president of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Morelli has been listed in Best Lawyers in America continuously from 1997 through the present edition. He has also been selected by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association as one of New York's "Superstars."
For two seasons, Mr. Morelli was a regular on the nationally syndicated television show "Power of Attorney." He has also appeared as a guest on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Aaron Brown," "Anderson Cooper 360," "Dateline NBC," "The View," "The Amanda Lewis Show," and "Court TV." Additionally a five page feature article entitled "Benedict Morelli Feels Your Pain" was published in a 1999 edition of New York Magazine.
He has taught and lectured for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Association of Trial Lawyers of the City of New York, New York State Bar Association ("Proving Damages in a Civil Trial"), and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association ("New York Superstars," "Trial Advocacy Workshop," "Summations," and "Cross-Examination"). Mr. Morelli was called upon to represent the plaintiff's bar to counsel insurance executives on how to resolve cases.
Mr. Morelli was selected as a member of the plaintiff's steering committee of the MDL in the Avandia drug litigation, which is venued in the Eastern District Federal Court of Philadelphia. Furthermore, he was selected as lead trial counsel on one of the first two cases to be tried in that court.