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Francesca A. Morris

Francesca A. Morris

Holland & Knight LLP
New York, NY, USA

Francesca Morris practices in the New York Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Morris advises and represents foreign and domestic companies and financial institutions in complex commercial disputes related to breaches of contract, business torts, defamation, copyright and trademark infringement and licensing disputes. In addition, Ms. Morris routinely negotiates and drafts domestic and international licensing and software as a service agreements. Ms. Morris has experience in jury and non-jury trials and appeals in federal and state courts. A substantial part of Ms. Morris's practice relates to international business disputes. Ms. Morris represents secured lenders and creditors in highly contested bankruptcies under Chapter 11 and Chapter 15.

She has appeared pro bono representing victims of domestic violence in obtaining orders of protection and in marital and family law matters, such as custody, visitation and child support disputes and divorce. In December 2003, Ms. Morris was awarded the John K. Geiger Award for commitment to justice by the not-for-profit group inMotion, Inc. for her pro bono work. Ms. Morris is a member of the New York Office Diversity Committee.

Honors & Awards

  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2012, 2014
  • John K. Geiger Award for Commitment to Justice, inMotion, Inc., 2003


  • Social Media is Your Frenemy:Lawyer’s Ethical Dilemmas, Co-Author, The Computer Law and Internet Lawyer, October 2014
  • How to Minimize Cloud Operational Risk, Co-Author, Wall Street Journal, CIO Journal, September 18, 2014
  • The Software Audit: Not "if" but "When,"Wall Street Journal, CIO Journal, July 14, 2014
  • Rightsourcing:Seeking a Balance Between Insourcing and Outsourcing, Co-Author, Practical Law The Journal, April 2014
  • CIOs Need to Bone Up on Robotics Regulations,” Co-Author, Wall Street Journal, CIO Journal, March 17, 2014
  • CIO Responsibility for Social Media, Co-Author, The Wall Street Journal, CIO Journal, February 20, 2014
  • Avoiding System Failure for Complex Software Projects, Co-Author, Wall Street Journal, CIO Journal, January 6, 2014
  • How Banking CIOs Can Meet Third-Party Vendor Requirements, Co-Author, Wall Street Journal, CIO Journal, December 16, 2013
  • How CIOs Can Avoid Outsourcing Risk, Co-Author, Wall Street Journal, CIO Journal, November 25, 2013
  • Software License Disputes: Managing the Inherent Risks, Practical Law Company Intellectual Property & Technology, May 2012
  • Software License Disputes: Managing the Inherent Risks, Practical Law Company, September 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics in Social Media 2014, Evidence for Social Media, Practising Law Institute, March 17, 2014
  • IP Trademark, Copyright & Licensing Counsel Forum, Moderator, Software Licensing Disputes, October 22, 2013
  • Insourcing v. Outsourcing - The Pendulum Swings and How to Avoid Risk, Holland & Knight Program, October 8, 2013
  • Ethics in Social Media 2013, Evidence for Social Media, Practising Law Institute, March 18, 2013
  • Outsourcing Risk/Compliance, The Outsourcing Roadshow, December 5, 2012
  • Ethics in Social Media, the Internet: Your Friend and Your Enemy, ALM Webinar, September 12, 2012
  • How to Resolve Critical Software License Disputes 2012, Practising Law Institute, June 27, 2012
  • Software License Disputes, Practising Law Institute Webcast, August 11, 2011
  • The Close Call of Software Licensing Disputes, Lawline webinar, April 20, 2011
  • When Good Software Licenses Go Bad, ALM webinar, April 5, 2011
  • Protecting Your Brand: Trademark Litigation for Increasing Profits, January 26, 2011
  • Improving a Company's Profitability -- Monetizing Patents and Financing Commercial Litigation, September 21, 2010


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Leeds (England), B.A., English Literature and History, with honors

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • All State Courts in New York

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