Patrick C. Morrow
Patrick C. Morrow, along with his late brother, John Michael Morrow, founded the Morrow & Morrow Law Firm in 1975. Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik has expanded to 8 attorneys, with the firm focusing on personal injury law, maritime law, and class action litigation. Mr. Morrow serves as senior partner of the firm. Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from LSU in 1969, and his Juris Doctor Degree from the LSU Law Center in 1972.
He is admitted to practice before all Louisiana Courts, including the Louisiana Supreme Court and U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits. He is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Patrick is active in the legal profession, and is a member of the St. Landry Parish Bar Association, Counsel of Directors for the Louisiana Association of Justice, American Bar Association, Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Bar Association of the 5th Circuit, Louisiana City Attorneys Association, Trial Lawyers Honorary Society, and the Louisiana State Bar Association, where he served on the Medical/Legal Interprofessional Committee. He has been recognized as one of the best Attorneys in America and was listed in Acadiana Magazine as one of the top Lawyers in Acadiana in April, 2018.
He is a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Fellow of the John M. Duhe, Jr. American Inns of Court, Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Patrick has been recognized as “Best of the Best” Attorney in St. Landry Parish, and has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell. In 1995, Mr. Morrow was appointed Judge Pro Tempore of the 27th Judicial District Court by the Louisiana Supreme Court, and served as a District Judge in St. Landry Parish.
As an active member of his community, he was awarded the Distinguished Citizens Award by the Evangeline Area Council of Boy Scouts in 2003, and was awarded the Elks Club “Citizen of the Year” in 2011.
In 2015, Patrick and his wife, Alice, were the recipients of the Philanthropy Award presented by Community Foundation of Acadiana, which annually recognizes individuals, couples and/or businesses as “Leaders in Philanthropy”. As stated by the CFA, “These Honorees have made a significant Philanthropic impact in their communities throughout the Acadiana region in their benefit to non-profit organizations, Churches, Schools, and other important Community initiatives.”
In 2016, The Louisiana Association of Justice presented the Stalwart Award to Patrick, which recognizes association members who have given extraordinary service to the Association and the legal profession.
Mr. Morrow was appointed by former Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. (2005 – 2011), serving as Chairman in 2008.
He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Law and Politics annually since 2008, and has also been awarded Lifetime Achievement Membership to America’s Top 100 Lawyers.
Patrick was appointed to the Louisiana Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct/Class Actions Committee, and presently serves as a member of that committee.
He also served on the LSU Law Center Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2007.
The law firm of Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik is deeply involved in the community, and has established fifteen college scholarships annually of $2,500.00 each, awarded to St. Landry and Evangeline Parish students. The firm urges the recipients of the scholarships to complete their degree and hopefully return to St. Landry and/or Evangeline Parish to begin their careers.
In 1984, the Morrow Family established the J. Michael Morrow Memorial Scholarship Fund at the LSU Law Center.
Mr. Morrow serves as a member of the Hospital Service District #2 of St. Landry Parish, and served on the Opelousas General Health System Board of Trustees (2012 – July, 2020).
As plaintiff’s lead counsel in the Crawfish Class Action litigation, Patrick was instrumental in having the court award a $300,000.00 Cy Pres endowment to the LSU Law Center for students who reside in one of the parishes where crawfish are farmed.
Mr. Morrow is married to Alice Palazzo Morrow, and they are the proud parents of three children and nine grandchildren. Mrs. Alice, as well as their three children, all graduated from LSU.