John Morris appeared with other members of the Utah Community Association Institute Legislative Action Committee (CAI LAC) at the capitol on Thursday, February 14, 2013. SB 64 was introduced in a committee hearing. The CAI LAC opposes this bill and John Morris, along with two other members of the CAI LAC, testified against the bill. SB 64's purpose is to unnecessarily punish associations that have not yet complied with reserve requirements already existing in Utah law. Even more problematic, this bill would punish associations by creating a legal trap that could be used to invalidate special assessments for much needed repair projects or delay repair projects. SB 64 would also define "special assessment" in the statute differently than in existing governing documents, leading to confusion and legal expense for associations as they try to figure out what this definition means for them. This bill is a nightmare for associations, managers, developers, and builders. On behalf of the community association industry, John Morris is working tirelessly to prevent this bill from becoming law or to see it modified to eliminate all of its problems.
John Morris gave a presentation on a new mediation program that he has been working on and that is to be proposed to the Chapter. He was also presented with a plaque honoring his three years of service as the Chair of the Legislative Action Committee.
John Morris and Quinn Sperry attended the CAI National Law Conference in Tucson Arizona. This conference is the largest conference in the United States focusing exclusively on community association law and issues. The attorneys at Morris Sperry continue to update their knowledge and training and to network with lawyers around the country, all in an effort to continue to provide the best service and value to their clients.
Morris Sperry is excited to announce that Brandon Myers will be joining the firm as a partner. He brings tremendous litigation experience to the community association litigation practice at Morris Sperry. With his expertise and skill, Morris Sperry is even better positioned to handle the immediate demands of complex litigation matters involving community associations. He also brings significant experience in insurance defense litigation, allowing Morris Sperry to provide even more comfort for insurance companies who appoint Morris Sperry to handle the defense of D&O and other claims against community associations.
Morris Sperry commits to a Diamond Sponsorship (the highest sponsorship level available) of the Local CAI Chapter in furtherance of the firm's long-term commitment to the industry. Morris Sperry is proud to assist the local chapter through both sponsorship and volunteer time. The Chapter provides educational opportunities for owners and board members and a forum for attorneys and other vendors in the industry to talk, test ideas, and generally work for the advancement of the expertise and sophistication of the industry. Morris Sperry is pleased to provide the critical support needed to accomplish these goals.
Morris Sperry is pleased to announce that John Morris has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Utah Business magazine's 2013 Utah Legal Elite™. Utah Business magazine surveyed thousands of Utah State Bar members and asked them to nominate attorneys they deemed above and beyond in Utah and whose legal services they would recommend to others. John Morris is honored to be selected for inclusion.