Morris Rosen (1919-2012)
Morris D. Rosen, Esq., will always represent the unyielding legal and moral foundation that built Rosen Hagood.
Morris was a true Charleston native and gentleman. He was born here on October 21, 1919, grew up in the city, and graduated from the College of Charleston in 1942. After serving on a Coast Guard landing craft in the Pacific during World War II, Morris was discharged in October 1945 as a full lieutenant and returned home to finish his law degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the Society of Wig & Robe. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1947 and provided his clients with exceptional legal services throughout the ensuing seven decades.
Widely respected as a "lawyer's lawyer," Morris received myriad prestigious commendations during his long career, including the University of South Carolina School of Law 1994 Compleat Lawyer Award, the South Carolina Bar's 1994 DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award, and the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association's 1999 Founders Award. He maintained the highest professional rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for over 35 years and was listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Morris was also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 1997, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the College of Charleston. The Charleston County Bar Association presented him with its highest honor, the James Louis Petigru Award, in 2011.
Morris served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Charleston from 1959 through 1975 and was a member of the South Carolina Board of Law Examiners from 1960 through 1975. He was the president of the South Carolina Municipal Attorneys Association in 1964 and of the South Carolina Bar from 1979 to 1980, thus setting a precedent of excellence and engagement in the South Carolina legal community that extends to the present.
Beyond the many achievements of his law career, Morris wielded an immense influence on the economic, political and social development of his beloved home city. According to his Post & Courier obituary, Morris's "wise counsel during the turbulent 1960s...helped keep Charleston from joining the ranks of the stubborn resistors to integration in ways that too often resulted in bloodshed."
At Rosen Hagood, we are forever honored and inspired by the professional and personal legacy of Morris Rosen, a model of Charleston--and American--citizenship.
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