Duke University, J.D., 2016; Executive Articles Editor, Alaska Law Review
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., with highest distinction, 2012; Phi Beta Kappa; Irene F. Lee Award (outstanding woman in graduating class)
Morgan Abbott represents clients in a broad range of corporate and transactional matters with a focus on tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations, health care, education, employment and labor, and general corporate law. She has experience negotiating and drafting a variety of contractual agreements. Morgan advises a range of exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, hospitals and universities, on governance and tax matters, regulatory and ethical compliance, grantmaking, joint ventures, formation, applications for tax-exempt status, reorganizations, dissolution and general corporate matters. She understands that proactive governance, compliance and risk-management programs allow corporations and organizations to focus on value creation and external impact. Morgan draws on her first career in nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship to help her clients find practical business and legal solutions.
Morgan also has a broad range of litigation experience, including business disputes, constitutional law, fraud and unfair trade practices, employment and labor, and misappropriation of trade secrets. She capitalizes on this experience to more comprehensively advise her corporate clients.
Before law school, Morgan worked in nonprofit management in East Africa.
- Law Clerk, The Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2016-17
Advises charitable organizations in all aspects of their formation including incorporation, applications for state and federal tax exemptions, corporate governance and board fiduciary duties, creation of compliance and risk management programs, and charitable solicitation licensing and compliance.
Serves as outside general counsel to the largest conversion foundation on a per capita basis in the United States.
Counsels professional athletes in connection with founding and administering their charitable foundations.
Represents nonprofits in various business combinations and reorganizations, including divestitures, asset acquisitions, mergers, reclassifications and dissolutions.
Assists nonprofit organizations with governance reviews and internal audits.
Represents foundations in all aspects of their management, including governance, strategic planning, executive compensation, tax and regulatory compliance, resource development programs, responding to whistleblower complaints, joint ventures, and grantmaking programs and agreements.
Advises nonprofit board members regarding conflicts of interest, fiduciary duties, risk management and other aspects of board governance.
Secured injunctive relief on behalf of Gov. Roy Cooper in a case involving proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution.
Served as counsel to a global corporation in a multi-week trial in the Western District of North Carolina and procured a $111 million judgment against three defendants for fraud, conspiracy, unfair trade practices and RICO violations.
Represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies in disputes involving contracts, licensing and clinical trials.
Counsels employers in litigation involving discrimination, employee wrongdoing, noncompetition agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets.
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