INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Donald Morgan, who currently serves as corporation counsel for Indianapolis and Marion County, will join Taft Law as senior counsel on Nov. 2, 2020. His return to private practice will focus primarily on appellate advocacy, municipal and public-sector litigation, and advising public-sector clients.
Morgan has experience at all levels of the federal and Indiana judicial systems, including work on appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Indiana Supreme Court. He joins Taft after four-and-half years in leadership roles at the Office of Corporation Counsel. As chief litigation counsel, he served as lead counsel for parties and amici in thirty appeals while maintaining a trial-court practice focused on constitutional questions and other issues presenting important policy implications for the city and county.
Most recently, he has served in Mayor Joe Hogsett’s cabinet as corporation counsel, where he advises elected officials, agencies, boards, and commissions on issues ranging from economic development and tax increment finance (TIF) policy to pandemic response and police reform. He also serves on the board of directors for both the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, where he chairs the foundation’s fellows committee.
Morgan is a graduate of Indiana University with highest distinction and an order of the coif graduate of Berkeley Law School. During law school, he served as a judicial extern for Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and later for Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.