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Mark B. Morse

Mark B. Morse

Providence, Rhode Island

Mark B. Morse, principal of the The Law Office of Mark B. Morse has over twenty five years of experience as a member of both the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bars.  He has practiced law in virtually all forums in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including handling cases before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court, the superior and district trial courts in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and the federal district and bankruptcy courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Additionally, Mark has written and argued appeals to the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a member of the United States Supreme Court.

 Mark concentrates his practice by primarily assisting individuals and small businesses. He maintains a litigation oriented firm, and works toward achieving successful and speedy results for those who are injured, facing  domestic problems, and engaged in commercial, probate and real estate disputes. He has participated in leading cases in the State of Rhode Island including in the area of medical malpractice, construction disputes, and insurance subrogation.

 Mark graduated from the University of Rhode Island (1980) and the New England School of Law (1983) where he served as Research Editor of the New England Law Review and published an article in its Journal concerning the contribution of parties in federal Title VII cases. He represented his law school in the interscholastic Mock Trial competition, and graduated cum laude in 1983.  Upon graduation, Mark served as a law clerk to the Rhode Island trial court bench for the superior, family, and district court judiciary.

 Mark has lectured on a variety of legal issues; including ERISA litigation, evidence, subrogation liens, expert testimony,  and civil trial practice,  the Rhode Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rhode Island domestic law.  He has volunteered as a judge to the regional law school mock trial competition, and acted as chief judge for the regional competition on multiple occasions.
 Mark  served on the Board of Governors for American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA),  and is currently a member of the Membership Oversight and Elections Committee.  He also serves on the Board of Governors for the Rhode Island Association for Justice (formerly  Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association), is its Past President (2001-2002) and is the Editor for its journal, the RI Association for Justice Newsletter.

  Mark is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Superior Court Bench Bar Committee, and is its past chairperson.    He also chaired the Subcommittee to review and revise the Rhode Island Civil Rules of Procedure enacted June 15, 2006. He is a member of the RI Bar Association Family Court Bench Bar Committee, and the Federal Bench Bar Committee. 

 Mark was chosen by the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Commission to be Co-Editor of the Discovery and Depositions Rhode Island Practice Volume to be published in 2010.  He is legal counsel to Defenders of Animals, The Friends of the Music Mansion, and The Feinstein Foundations.  Mark is married with three children.

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Eminent Domain
  • Construction Law
  • Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Nursing Home
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Real Estate Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1983
  • Massachusetts, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993


  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude - May, 1983
    • Honors: First Place, National Trial Competition - 1982/1983
    • Honors: Chairman, Commencement Day Committee - 1983
    • Honors: Student Representative, Faculty Recruitment Committee
    • Law Review: New England Law Review, Research Editor
  • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1980
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • "Contribution in Title VII, Northwest Airlines, Inc. v. Transport Worker's Union", 18 New England Law Review 217, 1983
  • "Rhode Island Civil Procedure Rules Update", RI Bar Journal, January, 2007
  • Co-Editor of RI Practice Series: Discovery and Depositions
  • Rhode Island Discovery and Depositions, Mass. Cont. Legal Education, Rhode Island Practice Series, co-editor with the Honorable Patricia A. Hurst, Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court, September, 2010
  • Rated ACLEA's Best" award from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA). Outstanding Achievement in the category of Best Publication


  • Don't Lien on Me (Re: Health Insurance Liens), Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, October 20, 2000
  • Impeachment in Cross Examination, Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, February 20, 2002
  • ERISA Litigation: What You Need to Know, Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, October 20, 2004
  • Moderator, Update of the Rhode Rules of Civil Procedure Revisions, The Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 9, 2005
  • Selecting a Jury in Federal Court, Federal Bench Bar Association, March 29, 2006
  • Preparing With Retaining Counsel to Testify, SEAK Expert Services, June 23, 2006
  • Civil Trial Skills, National Business Institute, February 28, 2007
  • Admissibility of Medical Affidavits: Problems and Solutions” , Pawtucket Bar Association, January 20, 2011 - Present
  • Medical Affidavits: Issues and Solutions, Rhode Island Association for Justice, April 14, 2011
  • May It Please the Court, The National Business Institute , June 7, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale- Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rated, 2006 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member, 2003 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, 1984 - Present
  • Superior Court Bench Bar Committee, Member, 2003 - 2006
  • Superior Court Bench Bar Committee, Chairman
  • Technology in Court Subcommittee, Member, 2004 - 2006
  • Family Court Bench Bar Committee, Member, 1995 - Present
  • Federal Court Bench Bar Committee, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Committee to Review Rules of Professional Responsibility, Member, 2002 - 2006
  • User Friendly Court Review Committee, Member, 2002 - 2004
  • Town of Johnston, Chairman, RI Board of Canvassers, 1992 - 1993
  • Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1995 - Present
  • Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 1995 - Present
  • Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Journal, Editor, Board of Governors, 1998 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, Board of Governors, 1991 - 2001
  • Elections and Membership Committees, Member, 2002 - Present
  • Providence Plantations Lions Club, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Providence Plantations Lions Club, Past President, 1989 - 1991
  • Rhode Island Lions Club Drug Awareness Committee, Chairman, 1989 - 1991
  • Feinstein Foundations and Related Organizations, Legal Counsel, 2000 - Present
  • National Kidney Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Inc., Member, Board of Directors, 1992 - 1994
  • Friends of the Music Mansion, Legal Counsel, 1996 - Present
  • Friends of the Music Mansion, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Defenders of Animals, Legal Counsel, 1999 - Present
  • Defenders of Animals, Member, 1999 - Present
  • Elmwood Community Center, Member, Board of Directors, 2001 - Present
  • Northern Rhode Island Council for the Arts, Beacon Charter School, Legal Counsel, 2000 - 2004
  • Trial Lawyers Care, Participating Attorney, 2001 - 2004
  • G.E. Signature Legal Care Service, Participating Attorney, 2000 - Present
  • American Association of Retired People (AARP), Participating Attorney, 2002 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2011 - Present
  • Touro Fraternal Organization, Member, 2011 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • McOsker, Isserlis, Davignon & Waldman - Providence, RI, Partner, 1986 - 1991
  • Lynch & Greenfield - Providence, RI, Associate, 1984 - 1986
  • Rhode Island Judicial System - Providence, RI, Law Clerk, 1983 - 1984
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