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THE PARTNERS OF MORRIS & STONE, LLP
Aaron Morris discovered his fascination with the law while working as a volunteer Hearing Officer (Small Claims Judge) in the Pima County Justice Court in Tucson, Arizona, conducting trials and issuing rulings and judgments. He attended Southwestern University School of Law, where he was a Dean's Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and graduated cum laude in 1987. His primary practice areas include litigation arising from free speech issues (anti-SLAPP, defamation, first amendment), business litigation (breach of contract, trade secret, partnership dissolution, etc.), and employment law (wrongful termination defense and prosecution). He is the founder and President of the California Defamation Lawyers Association. Aaron Morris has been rated "Best Attorney In and Around Orange County" by Tustin Magazine. He worked as an Adjunct Professor at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, teaching "Litigation Skills & Strategies" and at National University in Irvine, California, teaching litigation techniques. Mr. Morris is a writer and lecturer on the subjects of free speech, defamation and anti-SLAPP, and is the author of California SLAPP Law. He has also published numerous articles on law office efficiency, and was Editor in Chief of Law Office Technology Solutions and Contributing Editor of Law Office Computing. He has been a featured speaker at such functions as the American Bar Association TechShow. He is frequently asked to consult other law firms on anti-SLAPP motions and is a frequently retained as an expert to opine on fee applications following anti-SLAPP motions.
Deanna Stone Killeen
Ms. Stone Killeen graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from Whittier Law School, in Costa Mesa, California. During her time in law school, Ms. Stone Killeen earned eight CALI Excellence for the Future Awards. Additionally, Ms. Stone Killeen was presented with the coveted West Outstanding Achievement Award. The majority of Ms. Stone Killeen's practice involves breach of contract, whether it be a business contract, partnership agreement, real estate contract, or employment contract. She represents businesses seeking to prosecute or defend a breach of contract, partners seeking dissolution of partnerships, and employers in labor board claims, wrongful termination suits, and other employment disputes. Her experience and sensitivity to client needs have been instrumental in settling litigious breach of contract and wrongful termination cases.