Judy Hamilton Morse


Office: Oklahoma City
Email: judy.morse@crowedunlevy.com

Phone: 405.235.7759
Fax: 405.272.5242
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Judy Hamilton Morse is a director in the firm’s Oklahoma City office and a member of the Litigation & Trial Practice Group. An experienced trial lawyer, Morse focuses on litigation and trial practice, as well as bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

Morse has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a number of business litigation matters in various industries including securities, financial services, lending, consumer credit, franchising, real estate and energy. She has represented creditors, debtors, committees and trustees in bankruptcy cases in numerous jurisdictions throughout the country, including successfully obtaining dismissal for a Chapter 11 trustee in a bankruptcy case which sought more than $34 million in damages. She served as lead counsel for debtors in chapter 11 reorganization cases for Homeland Stores, Inc., Harold's Stores, Inc., TSG, Inc., Hadson Corporation, Freymiller Trucking, Inc., and Magnolia Gas Company, L.L.C. among others. Morse has represented approximately 40 oil and gas producers in the SemCrude bankruptcy pending in Delaware and has represented a public authority in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers pending in the Southern District of New York.

Morse is admitted to practice in all state courts in Oklahoma, as well as the United States District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma, the Northern District of Texas, the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Morse serves as a member of both the Litigation Counsel of America and the International Defense Counsel Association. In 2016, she was selected by University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2016 to the Order of the Owl and elected as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Additionally, Morse has been listed for more than 20 years in Best Lawyers and is recognized in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law.* Morse was named 2017 Oklahoma City Lawyer of the Year in the area of Litigation – Banking and Finance.* She was also named 2014 Oklahoma City Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year and 2010 Oklahoma City Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.* In 2016, Morse was named one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation, in addition to one of Oklahoma's Top 50 Lawyers in 2006 and one of the Top 150 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Plaintiff in 2013.* She has been listed as one of Oklahoma's Top 25 Female Lawyers for the past seven years and is also recognized in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers and Chambers USA.*

Morse received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma. She continued her education at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor. She graduated with honors, and was a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa. She was editor-in-chief of the Oklahoma Law Review, and was awarded the Nathan Scarritt Prize for the highest law school grade point average. Morse currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

*Crowe & Dunlevy has no input in the rating methodologies used by Best Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, Super Lawyers or Chambers USA.

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Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Inns of Court (Member of Leadership Council and past member of Board of Trustees)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section) (10th Circuit Member, Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, 1999 — 2003)
  • William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court Master of the Bench (1990 — Present)
  • Committee on Admissions and Grievances, Western District of Oklahoma (Member, 1992 — Present)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Member and past Chair, Awards Committee)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Member, Bench and Bar Committee)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Member, Professionalism)
  • Oklahoma Bar Foundation (past President and Trustee)
  • Merit Selection Panel for Bankruptcy Judge Selection for the Western District of Oklahoma (Member, 1998 and 2001)
  • Oklahoma Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law Order of the Owl Inductee

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers for Bet the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, Creditor-Debtor Rights Law and Franchise Law*
  • Listed in Super Lawyers and Chambers USA for Business Litigation*
  • Benchmark Plaintiff Top 150 Women in Litigation*
  • 2014 Best Lawyers Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year*
  • 2013 Top 50 Oklahoma Super Lawyers and Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers*
  • Best Lawyers 2012 Oklahoma City Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year*
  • Best Lawyers 2010 Oklahoma City Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year*
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Professionalism Award, 2008
  • Mona Lambird Spotlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Legal Profession, 2001
  • Woman of the Year Finalist, 1997 and 2005
  • Benchmark Plaintiff Top 250 Women in Litigation*
  • Order of the Owl Hall of Fame Inductee, 2017

Classes Taught

  • Adjunct Professor in Bankruptcy Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Commodities Bankruptcies
  • Prepackaged Bankruptcy Cases
  • Ethical Considerations in Real Estate Transactions: Traps for the Unwary
  • Directors and Officers Liability

Community Service

  • Oklahoma Lawyers for Children
  • Leadership Oklahoma City (Class XVII)
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