Title: Of Counsel (Retired)
Company: Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, PLC
Location: Gilbert, Arizona, United States
Richard N. Morrison, Esq., Retired Of Counsel at Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, PLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal and religious services industries.
Drawing upon 35 years of experience, Mr. Morrison is an esteemed lawyer, deacon and priest who most recently served Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, PLC, as a member and of counsel from 2000 to 2018. In his position, he concentrated his practice on environmental law, special districts and municipal law, and water rights and natural resources. Prior to this illustrious role, he served as partner with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, from 1994 to 2000 and Ryley Carlock & Applewhite from 1983 to 1994. He commenced his career as an associate with Jones, Teilborg, Sanders, Haga & Parks from 1979 to 1983. Alongside his primary endeavors, he was a trustee of the School of Theology in Claremont, CA, from 1986 to 1989, vice president and executive committee member of the School of Theology from 1989 to 1991, and chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona from 1993 to 1997.
Likewise, Mr. Morrison was a canon for ecumenical and community relations at the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona from 2015 to 2017, having also served as an advisory board member at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy and adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University since 1983 and 2017, respectively. The former chairman of religious studies associates at Arizona State University in the late 1980s, he was also a local preacher at the Methodist Church from 1987 to 1991 and parliamentarian for the convention at the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona for 20 years.
To prepare for his career, Mr. Morrison pursued formal education at the University of Arizona, where he was a student in the honors program in agricultural economics from 1965 to 1967. Thereafter, he received a Bachelor of Science, with distinction, from Northern Arizona University in 1970 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston in 1977. After gaining experience in the field, he received a Master of Arts in values from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1991. Mr. Morrison has been admitted to practice law in the state of Arizona, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals, Mr. Morrison served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1976, and he was a naval aviator and ROTC instructor at Rice University. Affiliated with Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, Masons, Alpha Gamma Rho, Phi Eta Sigma, Delta Sigma Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Order of the Barons, he is a former trustee of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, from 2011 to 2015 and president of the C.W. & Modene Neely Charitable Foundation from 2007 to 2012. In addition, he was president of the Arizona Republican Caucus from 1984 to 1985.
In recognition of his exceptional undertakings, Mr. Morrison has received numerous accolades throughout his career. The recipient of two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University in 2011 and 2015, respectively, he also won the Centennial Award from the Religion Category of Gilbert, AZ, in 2013, the Distinguished Achievement Award from Arizona State University in 1989, and the American Jurisprudence Labor Law Award from the University of Houston. He has additionally been AV Rated through Martindale-Hubbell. Furthermore, in light of his military service, he received a Navy Commendation Medal.
Married to Elaine Grangaard since 1973 with two daughters, Mr. Morrison has been selected for inclusion in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion, the 15th edition of Who’s Who in American Law, and the 53rd and 54rd editions of Who’s Who in America.
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