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Protect your future and receive top legal service from Morse Bratt Andrews & Terry LLP. Our law office in Vancouver, WA, features options for clients located throughout the area. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your case.
The Lawyers of Morse Bratt Andrews & Terry LLP
Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in a wide variety of legal practice areas. The firm's roots in Vancouver, Washington, stretch back to 1949. Many of our lawyers were born and raised in this area, and our firm is an active, integrated part of our community.
We believe the law is a practical tool for solving our clients' problems. We don't subscribe to the idea that lawyers are somehow better, and we take pride in representing clients from all walks of life. We do not typically represent corporations or large businesses and are oriented in defending the "little guy" against entrenched interests, be it government or corporate.
We handle legal issues like family law, real estate, estate planning, criminal defense, business law, and personal injury. Turn to our attorneys today to discuss your legal needs:
John D. Morse
A Vancouver native, I have been admitted to the practice of law in Washington and the Western District of Washington since 1981. My areas of specialization include handling matters involving Social Security Disability and I am a Sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR) perhaps the premier claimant's representative organization. My practice focus is on Regular Social Security Disability (DIB or Title II) as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI or Title XVI)
The role of a Social Security disability lawyer is to make filing your disability claim as painless as possible while ensuring that you receive the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled. With years of experience in dealing with the Social Security Administration and processing and filing disability claims, I can expedite your claim and cut through the confusing process. Unlike many attorneys handling these types of claims, I feel it is important that you are not shuttled off to be handled by staff. I meet with my clients on a regular schedule to review and update them on the status of their case.
In addition, I maintain an active family law practice. Having done Domestic Law cases since 1981, I have an extensive background in Dissolution of Marriage case, Paternity, Child Support and Custody Modifications both primary and Third Party Custody modifications, Parental Relocation actions as well as Domestic Partnerships.
As a founding member of the firm, I feel strongly that the service of law is a profession worth following. The law is a tool to solve problems and disputes in society. Being a lawyer is a way to facilitate positive change and give back to our communities, preserving the fabric of discourse and family life and supporting our growth as people. In some areas of law, emotions and desires may be extremely entwined with our notions of legal rights and our goals. When we first meet clients, they are going into a difficult period. It's a very emotional time, and they are forced to make decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. Part of my task is to provide a sense of grounding in the midst of an extremely emotional state. I hope to provide the compassion my clients deserve while competently performing the legal tasks toward achieving their goals.
Everyone deserves to have someone stand with him or her against the power of the government and entrenched corporate interests. It is my intent that our lawyers are not afraid to stand up for you and zealously advocate for your rights.
Areas of Practice
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1981
Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
J.D. – 1980
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
A.B. - 1974
Major: Chinese Studies
Professional Associations & Memberships
National Association of Social Security Representatives, Sustaining Member, 1995 – Present
Past Employment Positions
Morse & Bratt, Partner, 1981 – 2005
I graduated from University of Washington School of Law in 1975, and I immediately began practicing law in Vancouver, WA. In 1980, I was a founding member of the law firm Morse & Bratt.
My practice areas include:
Adoption (Married, Step-parent, Same Sex, Single, Domestic & International)
Real Estate Law
Probate & Estate Administration
Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts)
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1981
University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 1975
My practice is diverse. I enjoy helping clients prevent or navigate problems in estate planning, probate, real estate, elder law and business matters. I also handle family law with a particular emphasis on couples that own small businesses, real estate holdings and high asset dissolutions.
Things I do:
Contract Drafting and Disputes
Probate and Elder Law
Real Estate Contracts and Disputes
Business Formation, Governance and Disputes
Why I do them:
Every problem has a solution. My job is to understand my clients' circumstances and to prevent problems or orchestrate solutions in a cost effective manner. I address client matters from a broad base of legal and business experience, with a healthy dose of common sense. If your case must go to trial to get an equitable resolution under the law, I am ready, willing and able to do so.
Prior to becoming an attorney I had a 21 year career in construction, real estate, consulting and management. I have had to find and hire attorneys with my own money. It is never far from my mind what a hassle it can be to find a competent attorney who "gets it" and works efficiently to solve problems. That experience provides me with a unique insight into how to deliver legal services in a way that is both effective and understandable to my clients.
Where I Practice:
My clients' matters have taken me to Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Pierce, Thurston, Snohomish, Yakima, Lewis, Lincoln, Pacific, Klickitat, Kitsap, Spokane and Chelan Counties in Washington State.
Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
Juris Doctor Degree – 2006
Willamette Law Online - Writer
Clinical Law Fellowship Recipient.
Visiting Student at University of Oregon Law School
Washington State Bar Association
My legal practice is focused primarily on defending people who have been criminally accused. I also handle civil, domestic, and administrative litigation that may involve situations involving high conflict, injury, or criminal allegations.
My practice areas include
- DUI / Driving Under the Influence Defense
- Traffic Violation Defense
- Felony Defense
- Misdemeanor Defense
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Charges
- Restraining Orders
- Quasi-criminal litigation
- Personal injury prosecution and defense
I grew up in California and attended California State University - Bakersfield, where I earned a degree in Communications (Journalism), with a minor in Spanish. I then attended Law School at Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School, in Lansing, MI, where I graduated cum laude. In law school, I was on the Cooley Law Review, I volunteered as an advocate for Lansing Teen Court, and I did an internship at the Eaton County (MI) Prosecuting Attorney's Office - Economic Crimes Unit. Additionally, during my last term of law school, I did a satellite externship at the Clark County (WA) Prosecuting Attorney's Office. I am now a partner at Morse Bratt Andrews & Terry LLP.
When I am not practicing law, I enjoy listening to and playing music, getting outdoors, biking, and spending time with friends and family.
- Washington, 2009
- Oregon, 2010
- U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2011
- U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2014
- Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
- J.D. cum laude - 2009
- California State University – Bakersfield, Bakersfield, California
- B.A. - 2006
- Major: Communications
- Minor: Spanish
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Washington State Bar Association
- Oregon State Bar, Member
- Clark County Bar Association
- Washington Defender Association
- Criminal Defense Attorneys of Clark County
Past Employment Positions
- John Terry Law Firm, PC, Attorney, 2011 - 2012
- Green & Terry, PC, Partner, 2010 - 2011
- Jeffrey Barrar, PS, Vancouver Defenders, Associate Attorney, 2009 - 2010
- Clark County Prosecuting Attorney, Special Deputy Prosecutor, 2008 - 2009
- Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, Legal Intern, 2008
Contact us in Vancouver, Washington, to learn about the services available from our law office. We proudly feature options for clients throughout Clark, Skamania, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, and Lewis Counties.