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Air Force Assistant

Newark, New Jersey, United States
August 17, 2018

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Newark, New Jersey 07102

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Office: 973-***-**** / Cell: 301-***-****

Professional Profile

A seasoned corporate/business attorney, trial attorney, federal prosecutor, and educator with success record in and outside of the courtroom. Mastered the art of contract negotiations, business transactions and related processes and procedures as well as complex corporate litigation; New Jersey State Approved Mediator verse in the area of dispute resolution. Attorney Morton possesses a unique and uncanny ability to successfully resolve a myriad of diverse and complex legal issues via the Mediation and Arbitration processes. A creative and relentless advocate and skilled advisor always in pursuit of the best possible results for clients – including but not limited to Corporate (Publicly and Privately Held, Profit and Non- Profit), Governmental Entities, Churches, Small Businesses and individuals.

• Government Contracts/Trial Attorney- Implemented superior draftsmanship and oversight of the government contracts/procurement process minimizing litigation cost and expenses in record times. Exercised “surgical precision” over the government contract litigation process as a member of the Air Force Contract Litigation Team. A 100% success rate before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

• Negotiator- Savvy and shrewd negotiator skilled in the art of contract negotiations and craftsmanship. Creatively negotiated and settled contract disputes via arbitration, mediation, and summary trials saving the Air Force millions of dollars in litigation expenses. Successfully administered the Air Forces' newly implemented Alternate Dispute Resolution Program leading the Department of Defense in resolving contracts and employment/labor law disputes.

• Federal Prosecutor- Aggressively demonstrated a pursuit of justice while prosecuting numerous felony criminal cases in the Federal District Court, in both the Southern District of Ohio and the Southern District of Maryland. A 100% motion practice success rate coupled with a 98% trial conviction rate.

• Educator/Private Sector- Law professor at private two year institutions teaching students seeking an Associates of Applied Business Degree in Legal Assistance/Paralegal. Courses taught included Corporate/Business Law, Governmental Entities, and Criminal Justice.

• Educator/Public Sector- While serving on active duty with the U.S. Air Force I trained and educated ROTC Air Force Cadets at major universities such as the University of Kentucky on Air Force rules and procedures. Trained Air Force and civilian attorneys on Air Force legal ethics via the Joint Ethics Regulation (JER)

• Author/Publisher/Lecturer- Published and edit numerous articles with such organizations as the American Bar Association Public and Government Lawyers Division, The United States Air Force, and The American Arbitration Association. Author of the Federal Rules of Evidence Simplified, a complete study of the Federal Rules of Evidence via a workbook/software combination.


THE MORTON LAW GROUP, LLC- Newark, New Jersey 2008 - Present Principal/Owner

General practice with primary focus on Corporate Litigation and Commercial Transactions, General Legal Matters, Employment/Labor Law, Real Estate Law and Criminal Defense. VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.- Arlington, VA 2005 - 2008

Senior Staff Consultant – Contract Management (Enterprise Solutions Group) Lead contracts attorney responsible for activities involving the planning, development, negotiation, and implementation of contracts between Verizon, the Federal Government and third party vendors. Interfaced with Verizon’s Executive leadership, Office of General Counsel, Regulatory, Sales, Operations, and Finance regarding contracts extending over several years, worth several million dollars, and require strict regulatory compliance.


2005 - 2006

Adjunct Professor of Law (White Collar Crime/Intro. to Criminal Justice) Adjunct professor of law at TESST, a private institution – responsible for teaching and training students seeking an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE- Andrews Air Force Base, MD 2004 - 2005

Assistant Staff Judge Advocate (JAG)

Lead counsel for senior leadership on all issues regarding disciplinary actions (e.g. drug offenses, sexual assaults, larceny, etc.) against Air Force personnel. Duties also include overseeing the administrative discharge process and/or trial by court martial proceedings regarding Air Force personnel. UNITED STATES FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT- Andrews AFB, MD 2004 - 2005 Special Assistant United States Attorney (Federal Prosecutor) Served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney successfully prosecuting numerous criminal cases in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Maryland. Also lead counsel responsible for managing the 100 plus trial docket for criminal cases brought before that tribunal. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE- Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea 2003 – 2004 Assistant Staff Judge Advocate (JAG) / Base Counsel Primary legal advisor for senior leadership overseeing 12,000 plus military/government personnel in the areas of international contract law with a focus on American/Korean international agreements, contracts, and memoranda of understanding. Drafted and reviewed numerous multi-million-dollar government contracts geared toward compliance with international laws, treatises, and Status of Forces Agreements

(SOFAs). Lead counsel and supervisor of a 4-person claims team responsible for representing the Air Force against claims filed against it. Lead Attorney/Advisor for Osan Air Base Hospital and Dental Clinic with a combined staff of 75 doctors and dentist and 300 nurses and support staff members on all tort related matters regarding personal injury, property damage, and Medical Mal-Practice cases. Served as lead advisor to the 50-member Civil Engineer Department regarding all environmental law related matters with a focus on Federal Facilities Performance-Based Cleanups in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). UNITED STATES AIR FORCE- Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 2001 - 2003 Trial Attorney (U.S. Air Force Contracts Litigation Team) Lead attorney representing the Air Force in all facets of complex government procurement/contract litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Matters involved major construction and systems contracts. Representation included various facets of Alternate Dispute Resolution “ADR”

(i.e. Arbitration, Mediation and Summary Trials), as well as negotiating and settling contractual disputes ranging from 1 to 25 million dollars. In nearly two years as a member of the trial team, saved the Air Force 20 million dollars in litigation expenses, equitable adjustment cost and human resource expenses as a result of aggressive and creative contract litigation management of 13 cases. UNITED STATES FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT- Dayton, OH 1999 - 2001

Special Assistant United States Attorney (Federal Prosecutor) Served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney successfully prosecuting numerous criminal cases in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. RETS TECH CENTER- Dayton, OH 1999

– 2001

Professor of Law (Family Law / Business Law)

Adjunct professor of law at RETS Tech, a private institution. Taught and trained students in both Domestic Relations Law and Business Law.


J.D., Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Huntington, NY 1997 B.A. Political Science, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 1989


United States Air Force: Officer Training School, Montgomery AL 1999 Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 88 ABW, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 1999 – 2001

Trial Attorney, Contracts Litigation Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 2001 – 2003 Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 51 Fighter Wing, Osan AB, ROK 2003 – 2004 United States Army Judge Advocate School, Virginia 2003 Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Andrews Air Force Base, Clinton, Maryland 2004 – 2005


Air Force Commendation Medal


First Lieutenant 4 Jan 99

Captain 4 Jul 99


New Jersey State and Federal Courts

United States Federal District Court Southern District of Ohio Unites States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

Unites States Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals BOOK AUTHORSHIP

• Morton, Benjamin and Williams, Vernita,“The Federal Rules of Evidence-Simplified” 2004 – Available as eBook on I-Tunes (2013)

• Morton, Benjamin, “Criminal Procedure-Simplified” 2006 – Available as eBook on I-Tunes (2013)

• Upcoming Book:

o Morton, Benjamin, “Contract Law-Simplified” 20014 MEDIA COVERAGE / APPEARANCES

• New Jersey v. Yolanda Cooper (2007 – 2013) (Attempted Murder Charge – Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity) - New York Times / Cliff View Pilot

• New Jersey v. Charles Conley (2012 - 2016) (First Degree Murder Charge – Not Guilty) - The Record

• New Jersey v. Curtis Franklin (2013) (Pastor – Sexual Assault Charge - Guilty) - Cliff View Pilot

• New Jersey v. Gorge Sanchez (2013) (Kidnapping Rape Charges – Not Guilty) Cliff View Pilot

• New Jersey v. Mark Brown (2016) – First Degree Murder – Not Guilty) Jersey City Record

• New Jersey v. Steven Johnson (2016 – 2917) – First Degree Murder – Not Guilty/Trial Plea) Passaic Record

• New Jersey v. Yoher Andres Jimenez – First Degree Murder – Guilty) Bergen Record ARTICLES / PUBLICATIONS

• American Arbitration Association, New York, NY (1993) o Morton, Benjamin, “Arbitration: A Rising Giant”

• The American Bar Association Government and Public Lawyers Sector’s Law Journal (2000) o Morton, Benjamin, “The 5 Key-Ations of Successful Trial Management: Part I Pre-Trial Litigation”

• United States Air Force, JAG Perspective, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea o Morton, Benjamin, “High Value Items” 2003

o Morton, Benjamin and Streeter, Michelle, “The Claims Pink Form” (2003) o Morton, Benjamin, “Two Important Deadlines” 2003 o Morton, Benjamin, “Things to Know for Your PCS Move: Part I” (2003) o Morton, Benjamin, “Things to Know for Your PCS Move: Part II” (2004) o Morton, Benjamin, “Voluntary Services in the Department of Defense” (2004) o Morton, Benjamin, “PCSing with High-Tech Items: The Plasma Television” (2004)

• American Bar Association Public and Government Lawyers Division: Editorial Board Member (2001 - 2007):

• Vol. 9, No. 2, Summer 2001:

o Feroli, James, "Changing Administrations: Navigating Through a Transition." o Monforte, Michele Ann, "Law and Government Centers: A 'Capital'' Resource for Public Lawyers."

o Samoluk, Thomas E., "Public Lawyers and the Modern Media: Dealing with the Realities."

o "The ABCs of ABA Involvement"

• Vol. 10, No. 1, Winter 2002:

o Challenger, Leigh K., "Heart and Soul: Government and Public Sector Lawyers Honored."

o DeVries, David, "Book Review: Sovereign Virtue: The Theory and Practice of Equality."

o Hirt, Theodore, "Deference to Administrative Agency Decisions After Christensen v. Harris County and United States v. Mead Corporation." o Ketterer, Andrew, "Public Attorneys and No-Win Lead Litigation." o Pandak, Sharon, "Creating the Best Public Law Office: Dispelling the Myths of Law Office Management and Help is on the Way."

• Volume 10, No. 2, Summer 2002

o Baker, Judge James E., “The Constitutional Duty of a National Security Lawyer in a Time of Terror.”

o Essex, Maureen F., “Undertaking Uzbekistan.”

o Binder, Steve, “The Homeless Court Program: Taking the Court to the Streets

• Volume 11, No. 1, Winter 2003

o Baca, Lawrence R., Reflections on Diversity in the Public Law Office by the DOJ Civil Rights Division's First Indian Lawyer

o Baker, Judge James E, Ordered Liberty and the Homeland Security Mission o Henderson, Jennifer J., Division Recognizes Public Lawyers at Their Best o Mathy, Judge Pamela, The Privilege of Representing the Public o Mikkelson, Katherine, Ethical Dilemmas: A Summary of Recent Case Law

• Volume 11, No. 2, Summer 2003

o "Homeland Security: Organizing the New Department and Facing Challenges." o Henderson, Jennifer, "Just the Facts: An Overview of the Organizational Structure of the New Department of Homeland Security."

o O'Reilly, James, "Sunshine Laws and Racial Profiling Challenges." o Maddox, John D., "DHS and Coordination with State & Local Officials." o Mikkelson, Katherine, "Urgent Business for America: A Report from the National Commission on the Public Service."

o Lawson, Jerry A., "Blogs for Public Lawyers."

• Volume 12, No. 1, Winter 2004

o Gellman, Jonathan S., "Federal Disaster Relief Reshaped for a New World." o Schiefen Stine, Margaret, "Supervising 101 for Lawyers." o Sanders Reach, Catherine and Kilmer Flood, Molly, "Tips, Tricks, and Tools: Taming the Internet."

o Mikkelson, Katherine, "Bravisimo: Government and Public Sector Lawyers Honored."

• Volume 13, No. 1, Spring 2004

o Gwendolyn, Hodge, “Words Have Meaning”

o Edwin L. Felter, Jr., Assignment Vietnam: Administrative Law Reform With a Side of Gumbo,

• 2004 Nominee “Who’s Who Among African Americans” REFERENCES

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