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John Morrell


Managing Partner and Chairman, Higgs Fletcher & Mack

John Morrell is Managing Partner and Chairman of Higgs, Fletcher and Mack, one of San Diego’s largest and most respected law firms.  Besides his leadership duties, John also has a full-time commercial and bankruptcy law practice. John started the firm’s Chapter 11 practice in 1985 after completing his federal judicial clerkship with the Honorable Ralph G. Pagter, United States Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California (1984-1985). A partner with the firm since 1991, he has been the lead attorney in some of the firm’s largest cases.


John received the United States Bankruptcy Court’s Mediator of the Year award in 2007, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni award in 2015, and the San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO award in 2011 and 2015. He is a 2013 graduate of LEAD San Diego and presently serves as president of the Downtown San Diego Rotary Club. He served as Vice President of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2003 and served on its Board of Directors from 2001 through 2003. He also served as President of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum in 1997 and was on its Board of Directors from 1996 through 1998. He is the proud father of two Eagle Scouts and a third generation San Diegan.