Roger N. Morris


Roger Morris began his career as a pharmacist before turning to the practice of health law, where he has put that rare combination of professional experiences to effective use for the benefit of both pharmacies and institutional heath care providers as well as for health care businesses of all types, pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), and individual health care professionals. Roger and the team he has built are major players in this arena — they represent numerous pharmacy providers in the country, working every day in all 50 states and U.S. territories. In terms of all legal issues pharmaceutical, there is not a more experienced or better-informed authority in the industry than Roger Morris. An active leader, he is also a member of Quarles’ governing Executive Committee, the national chair of the firm's Health & Life Sciences Industry and the former national chair of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group.

Fields and professionals with which Roger works include pharmacists, pharmacy wholesalers, and pharmacy manufacturers; hospitals, doctors, dentists, nurses, and other health professionals; financial institutions with health care-related clients; PBMs; state boards of pharmacy, medicine; dental, naturopathic, psychologist, chiropractic, and osteopathic examiners; state departments of insurance, health, and economic security; and federal agencies such as HHS, CMS, FDA, FTC, and PRRB.

Roger understands that the availability and use of prescription drugs results in less costly health care than does any other option, mitigating the need for much more expensive medical treatments and simply saving lives. In that spirit, he and his team of more than 100 Quarles attorneys address not just law but the entire businesses of their clients, to maximize their own efficiencies. Roger himself approaches his practice as a businessman, not just a lawyer, offering comprehensive advice and solutions rather than mere legal representation. Regulators know and respect him, and he is a prolific writer and presenter in his field. He approaches his work as serious business, but if you ask him what he thinks of it all, he smiles and responds, “It’s fun stuff!”

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1989)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Law Review
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy (B.S., cum laude, 1986)
    • Rho Chi (Pharmacy Academic Honorary)
    • Dean's Honor Roll
    • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Honoraries

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1989

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Products Liability Committee, Litigation Section; Consumer Law Committee, Tort and Insurance Practice Section)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (Member)
  • American Society for Pharmacy Law (Fellow and Past-President)
  • American College of Legal Medicine (Member)
  • American Society of Law and Medicine (Member)
  • Arizona Pharmacy Association (Board of Directors)
  • American Pharmacists Association (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
  • Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers (Board of Directors)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Arizona Science Center (Board of Directors)
  • American Society for Pharmacy Law (Board of Directors and Past President)
  • Southwest Behavioral Health Services (Board of Directors and Past Chairman)
  • Arizona State Bar (Labor & Employment Section Executive Committee)
  • Arizona Association of Homes and Housing for The Aging (Outside General Counsel)
  • Southwest Institute on Aging (Board of Directors)
  • Midwestern University College of Pharmacy (Dean’s Council)
  • Valley Big Brothers / Big Sisters (Board of Directors and Past Secretary)
  • Arizona State University College of Law, Center for Law, Science and Innovation
  • Deans Council, University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy
  • Advisory Board Member, Arizona State University Center for Law, Science & Innovation
  • Midwestern University College of Pharmacy (Adjunct Faculty, Pharmacy Law Instructor)
  • University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (Adjunct Faculty, Pharmacy Law)
  • Arizona State University College of Law (Adjunct Faculty, Food and Drug Law and Pharmaceutical Products Liability)
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy (Adjunct Faculty and Dean’s Council)

Professional Recognition

  • Named a Top Health Care Leader by Arizona Business Magazine (2016)
  • Named as a 2016 Finalist for Legal Advocate for Arizona Business Magazine Health Care Leadership Awards
  • Named a 2016 Arizona Business Leader – Healthcare Law by AZ Big Media
  • Named a 2015 Health Care Hero Finalist - Non Physician Category by the Arizona Business Journal
  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2015–present: Healthcare)
  • Named a 2014 Arizona Business Leader by AZ Big Media
  • 2014 Pharmacy Hall of Fame Inductee, Arizona Pharmacy Association
  • Listed in Arizona’s Top Lawyers list by AZ Business Magazine (2014: Healthcare)
  • 2013 Distinguished Alumnus – University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • 2013 Spirit of Philanthropy Award – AFP – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona / Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • 2011 Bowl of Hygeia Award from the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance (AzPA)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2007–2016 Southwest Super Lawyers® lists (Health Care)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2005–present: Health Care Law)
  • Nightingale's Healthcare News 2005 – Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyer nationwide
  • Arizona Pharmacy Alliance – Pharmacist of the Year 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Best of the Bar – Health Care Lawyers, Phoenix Business Journal (2003–2005)