John L. Morrell, President

John L. Morrell

Mr. John Morrell is president of Douglas Wilson Companies (DWC). Mr. Morrell brings over 35 years of business and professional experience to DWC. He will lead DWC’s business and fiduciary services division including receivership, trustee, provisional director, turn around, alternative dispute resolution and reorganization management services.

Prior to joining DWC, Mr. Morrell was Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s (HFM) Chief Executive Officer and continued to engage in active insolvency and commercial law practice in San Diego for over 32 years. Mr. Morrell served as HFM’s Managing Partner and Chairman from 1997 to 2017. He now is honored with the designation Chairman Emeritus at HFM, the first ever to receive this honor. Although affiliated with HFM for special consulting and other assignments, he is full time with DWC. Mr. Morrell does not practice law.

Mr. Morrell started HFM’s Chapter 11 reorganization practice in 1985 after completing a federal judicial clerkship with the Honorable Ralph G. Pagter, United States Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California (1984-1985). Mr. Morrell received 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 president of the San Diego Rotary Club, No.33, the fourth largest Rotary Club in the world. He served as Vice President of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2003 and served on its Board of Directors from 2001 through 2003. Mr. Morrell served as President of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum in 1997 and was on its Board of Directors from 1996 through 1998.

Mr. Morrell is also very involved in civic and charitable activities. He serves as Trustee of the San Diego History Center; Trustee for Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute; Board of Trustees for Mercy Outreach Surgical Team; Board of Management for San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program; and Chairman Elect of the San Diego Rotary Foundation.