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Margaret A. Morris

Partner
mmorris@regerlaw.com
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Cira Centre, 13th Floor
2929 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Margaret A. Morris, Partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia Office, brings more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to the various aspects of her practice. Ms. Morris works on a wide variety of utility and transportation matters at the state administrative and municipal agencies levels. She has extensive experience in customer complaints, service-related issues, siting applications, rail crossing and passenger and property motor carrier matters. She routinely represents regulated utilities and transportation companies before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and Philadelphia Parking Authority.

As Chair of the firm’s Utility Group, Ms. Morris represents and advises clients on an ongoing basis in connection with legislative and regulatory developments affecting electric, gas, water and wastewater companies. Ms. Morris has an extensive background in the utility field, having worked at both the Michigan and Pennsylvania Public Service Commissions where she provided legal analysis and opinions, policy advice and strategic guidance with respect to the telecommunications, water, gas, waste water, motor carrier and energy sectors. 

In her transportation and logistics practice, Ms. Morris handles a full range of issues frequently encountered by property and passenger carriers, as well as manufacturers and distributors in their use of carriers. Particularly with respect to owner-managed businesses (often family-owned and operated businesses), Ms. Morris assists clients in planning and executing the transition of businesses to the next generation or, alternatively, in preparing the business for sale and transfer application when there is to be no such transition.

Ms. Morris handles a broad range of matters for transportation companies, including:

  • company governance, bank and financing issues, corporate control contests
  • long-term service or supply agreements, purchase orders, equipment leases and other contracts
  • employment and personnel issues and arrangements
  • evaluation and planning of business expansion and contraction, as well as sales, acquisitions and mergers
  • consulting with, advising, and acting as senior counsel and sounding board on strategic and everyday business and personal issues

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Morris devotes a significant amount of her time to pro bono legal work. Under her supervision, the Firm has adopted the Eliza Shirley Center, a center city shelter for homeless women and children. Through her involvement as Co-coordinator and Supervisor for Pro Bono Legal Services, Ms. Morris assists those in need of legal assistance in a wide range of matters, including social security disability matters, custody-related issues, birth certificate assistance, Philadelphia Housing Authority hearings and much more. Additionally, Ms. Morris is the President of the Board of Directors for the Homeless Advocacy Project and sits on the board of the Ramsey Educational Development Institute, Inc. (REDI), which is a Member of the Amoore Group, Inc. Ms. Morris also serves as Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono and Diversity Committees. 

Education

J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School (1981)

B.A., Mount St. Mary’s University (1977)
cum laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Pennsylvania
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Affiliate Member, Energy Association of Pennsylvania

Member of the Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association

Civic & Charitable Associations

The Homeless Advocacy Project, President of the Board of Directors (2014) Member (1997-Present)
Member of the Board of Directors
, Garrett Williamson Foundation (2014)
Member of the Board of Directors, REDI, Inc., a Member of the Amoore Group, Inc. (2005-Present)
Co-coordinator and Supervisor of Pro Bono Matters, The Eliza Shirley Legal Clinic (2008-Present)

Speaking Engagements & Presentations
Presenter, A Review of Utility Benchmark Cases. The Energy Association of Pennsylvania's Annual Consumer Services Conference. (Annual Seminar: 1995-2017)
Presenter, The Nuts and Bolts of Handling Complaint Cases Before Administrative Agencies. (August 20, 2012)
Honors & Awards
Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award (2013)
Homeless Advocacy Project’s Adopt Coordinators Award (2012 and 2013)
Honored as an Unsung Hero for Pro Bono Representation by the Legal Intelligencer (2012)
Publications & Press Mentions
Author, Smart Meters: A Useful Tool for Consumers or a Potentially Dangerous Device? Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (May 18, 2016)
Featured, People in the News. The Legal Intelligencer. (April 29, 2015)
Featured, Pro Bono Spotlight: Homeless Advocacy Project. The Philadelphia Bar Reporter. (April 2015)
Mentioned, People in the News. The Legal Intelligencer. (November 21, 2014)
Co-Author, “Price to Compare” – Choose Your Utility Provider and Save Money. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (March 2013)