Royce L. Morris
Mr. Morris is a shareholder of the firm. Much of his practice focuses on representing individuals and corporations in criminal matters, including white collar crimes, internal corporate investigations, political corruption cases and capital murder. He brings extensive trial experience in all stages of criminal proceedings in both state and federal courts and has represented individuals and corporations during grand jury proceedings.
In addition to a robust criminal practice, Mr. Morris also represents municipal and governmental entities as solicitor and general counsel, having often litigated complex and politically-sensitive matters on behalf of those clients.
Mr. Morris serves on the House of Delegates for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and chairs the Equal Professional Opportunity Committee for the Dauphin County Bar Association. He serves on the Board of the Harrisburg Regional Police Athletic League and the Capital Area Managing Partners Diversity Initiative. Between 2008-2009, he served as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, having previously served that organization as vice president and treasurer.
From 2011 - 2015, Mr. Morris served on Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. He also served on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Task Force on the Code of Judicial Conduct which was tasked with recommending court revisions to the current code.
Mr. Morris is a frequent lecturer in Continuing Legal Education Seminars for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers and Lorman Education Services. Also, he taught criminal law and criminal evidence at Harrisburg Area Community College for over ten years between 1994 and 2005.
Awards and Acknowledgements
As a senior member of the Criminal Defense Section at Goldberg Katzman, Mr. Morris was a vital part of the firm’s listing in Best Lawyers in America in 2011 in the area of criminal practice.
He received the Alan Jay Josel Advocacy Award for his pro bono representation that led to an exoneration of an individual sentenced to life in prison. Mr. Morris is a member of the National Trail Lawyers Top 100 and the National Black Lawyers Top 100. Mr. Morris has been named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine in successive years since 2008 and was also named a “Rising Star” in the same publication in 2005. In 2004 Central Penn Business Journal named him a “Top Forty under Forty”. Mr. Morris was also the recipient of the Mayor's Award for Distinguished Public Service in 2016.
Mr. Morris is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland. Further, he successfully completed a rigorous program at the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia.
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- All Pennsylvania Courts