Linda Morkan

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Linda Morkan has dedicated her practice to appellate advocacy for almost 30 years, and has been involved in more than 200 appeals before the appellate courts in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, as well as the Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits. She has only had one outing in the U.S. Supreme Court, but emerged victorious. Connecticut National Bank v. Germain, 503 U.S. 249 (1992).

In 2008, Linda was the first woman in Connecticut inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an honor open only to those who have practiced as an appellate advocate for at least 15 years and possess a reputation of recognized distinction. (Academy membership is limited to 500 members in the United States and is by invitation only.)

For many years, her name has appeared in Best Lawyers in America,  Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate, and was three times included in the special publication “Top 250 Women Litigators in the United States.”  Linda is AV Rated Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell in the area of Appellate Practice, and is currently listed in SuperLawyers‘ Top 100 Lawyers in New England and Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England.

Serving in local, regional, and national appellate advocacy groups, Linda just completed a three-year stint as Co-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  She is also currently a Vice Chair of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA, and regularly publishes in state and national publications on topics related to appellate practice and persuasive techniques.

When Linda is not researching, writing, or appearing in court, she can frequently be found at a Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band concert. Including the current tour, she has attended almost as many Springsteen shows as she has argued appeals.

Linda is admitted in the First Circuit, but not admitted in the state courts of Massachusetts.

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First Circuit Dismisses Fabrazyme Suits Without Prejudice To Re-filing

In an unusual ruling in a closely-watched case, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a District Court’s dismissal of most of the plaintiffs’ claims, but on new grounds which will potentially allow the plaintiffs another bite at the product liability apple. Hochendoner v. Genzyme Corp., Nos. 15-1446, 15-1447( May 23, 2016). The cases … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Restricts Review of Arbitration Awards

In a dispute arising from the break-up of an accounting partnership, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held that parties to a contract cannot agree to expand the grounds on which a court can vacate a commercial arbitration award beyond the bases explicitly set forth in the Massachusetts Arbitration Act (MAA). Katz, Nannis & Solomon, … Continue Reading