For 20 years, John Morrell led Higgs Fletcher and Mack as the Firm’s Managing Partner.

Mr. Morrell is a big part of HFM’s legacy, and much of the Firm’s current success can be attributed to his vision, passion, and the hard work he put into the Firm’s growth and development since he was elected to the top leadership spot in 1997.

He is commended for enforcing the Firm’s core values, hiring the right talent, and ensuring that high-touch service was always HFM’s top priority. Mr. Morrell invested in the HFM team in multiple ways, but perhaps most notably, by creating a multi-week Business Development Forum for associates, consisting of an aggressive curriculum and a specific level of mastery needed to graduate. Programs like this one are considered to be the catalysts for the Firm’s productive and profitable work environment.

Currently, Mr. Morrell serves as HFM’s Chairman Emeritus, remaining affiliated with the Firm and actively advising leaders. His long list of recognitions and accolades include earning the United States Bankruptcy Court’s Mediator of the Year award in 2007, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni award in 2015, and the San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO award in 2011 and 2015. He is a 2013 graduate of LEAD San Diego and was the 2016-17 President of the Downtown San Diego Rotary Club. He served as a Vice President of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2003 and served on its Board of Directors from 2001 through 2003. He also served as President of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum in 1997 and was on its Board of Directors from 1996 through 1998. He is the proud father of two Eagle Scouts and a third generation San Diegan.


  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • California Banker’s Association
  • San Diego Rotary Club No. 33
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