John Morgan (lawyer)

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John Morgan
Born John Bryan Morgan
(1956-03-31) March 31, 1956 (age 62)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Education University of Florida (BA, JD)
Occupation Personal injury/class action/injury lawyer
Years active 1984–present
Political party Democratic (Before 2017)
Independent (2017–present)
Spouse(s) Ultima Ann Degnan, 1982-present (4 children)
Website Official website

John Bryan Morgan (born March 31, 1956)[1] is an American lawyer. He is the founder of a class action and personal injury law firm, Morgan & Morgan.[2]

Biography[edit]

In 1988, Morgan founded the Morgan & Morgan PA law firm with wife Ultima in Orlando, Florida.[citation needed]

Morgan has been heavily involved in efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.[3][4] He is the chairman of United for Care.[citation needed]

In 2014, Morgan campaigned to pass Amendment 2, which was ultimately lost by a small margin.[5][unreliable source?][6]

Medical marijuana appeared again as Amendment 2 on the November 2016 ballot. Morgan contributed heavily to the Yes efforts by donating $6.5 million along with television and radio advertisements personally supporting the measure.[7] Amendment 2 was approved 71.3% to 28.7%, surpassing the 60% requirement for constitutional amendments.[8]

Political positions and activities[edit]

Morgan stated in November 2016 that he was considering running for Governor of Florida in the 2018 election.[9] On November 24, 2017, Morgan announced on Twitter that he was disillusioned with the current state of American politics and was leaving the Democratic Party to register as an independent.[10]

Philanthropy[edit]

  • Morgan and his wife Ultima made a two million dollar donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Morgan". www.familysearch.org. Retrieved January 17, 2018. 
  2. ^ http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/john-morgan-the-bombastic-omnipresent-lawyer-fueling-floridas-2014-election/2154772
  3. ^ "Florida medical marijuana amendment debate". FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay. October 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Florida medical marijuana debate (Part 1)". WESH 2 News. October 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 (2014)". Ballotpedia. November 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Amendment 2: Medical marijuana initiative defeated in Florida". ABC News Channel 9. November 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ Richardson, Matthew (November 9, 2016). "John Morgan shares details, timeline for medical marijuana businesses". Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ [unreliable source?]"Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization, Amendment 2 (2016)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ Lemongello, Steven (November 18, 2016). "John Morgan confirms he's pondering run for governor". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Dixon, Matt (November 24, 2017). "John Morgan: I'm leaving Democratic party, Nelson should run for governor". Politico. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Getting to know "For the People" attorney John Morgan with this week's "10 questions"". ABC ACTION NEWS. November 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Building Solutions to Hunger". Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. May 31, 2012. 
  13. ^ Chozick, Amy; Martin, Jonathan (September 3, 2016). "Where Has Hillary Clinton Been? Ask the Ultrarich". The New York Times. Retrieved September 5, 2016.