Roland Morris

Of Counsel - Retired

  • Roland Morris
  • Phone: +1 215 979 1076
    Fax: +1 215 689 3605

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
Roland Morris practiced in the areas of administrative, antitrust and healthcare law and economic litigation. He has appeared for clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, the supreme courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as numerous other appellate and trial courts.

General counsel to many trade associations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, he has been a member of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association, the Administrative Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association, as well as a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Society of Healthcare Attorneys.

Mr. Morris is a 1960 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a D.Sci. (Hon.) from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and a graduate of Princeton University.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust Law
  • Economic Litigation
  • Healthcare Law
  • Administrative Law

Representative Matters

    Client Undertakings

  • Delaware River Port Authority, Special Counsel
  • Fluid Power Distributors Association, General Counsel
  • Galliker Dairy Company, Director and General Counsel
  • The General Assembly of Pennsylvania, Special Counsel, Augmentation Appropriations
  • The Gilbert Spruance Company, Director and General Counsel
  • The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, General Counsel
  • Milk Distributors Association of the Philadelphia Area, Inc., General Counsel
  • Mellon PSFS, Director
  • New Jersey Milk Industry Association, Inc., General Counsel
  • Northeast Ice Cream Association, Inc., General Counsel
  • Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, General Counsel, Trustee, Vice Chairman, 1980-1983, Chairman, 1983 to 1988
  • Pennsylvania Hospital Insurance Company, Independent Counsel
  • Philadelphia Life Insurance Company, Counsel, Director
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, General Counsel
  • Port Authority Transit Corporation, Special Counsel


  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Chairman, 1994-1997
    - Vice Chairman, 1989-1993
    - Managing Partner, 1983-1989
    - Of Counsel, 2000-present
    - Partner, 1965-1999
    - Associate, 1961-1965

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association - Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association - Administrative Law Section
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • American College Healthcare Attorneys
  • Best Lawyers in America

Honors and Awards

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • The Big Brothers Association of Philadelphia, Director
    - President 1975-1987
  • Citizens Crime Commission of Philadelphia, Director
  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Trustee
  • Legal Aid Society of Philadelphia, Board Member
    - Vice President, 1972-1975
  • Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Trustee
  • Philadelphia Urban Coalition, Director
  • The Salvation Army, Board Member
    - Philadelphia Advisory Chairman, 1978-1981
  • United Way, Board Member, Philadelphia Advisory
  • The Fabric Workshop, Director
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, Trustee
  • C. Herbert Bell Charitable Trust, Trustee
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Trustee

Selected Publications

  • "Reasonable and Just Bridge Tolls," 30 Administrative Law Review, 1978

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • "Overview of History and Legal Aspects of Senate Bill 877," Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, November 3, 1993
  • "The Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act, S.B. 877," HAP/HTA Special Regional Membership, September 10, 1993
  • "Federal Milk Marketing Orders," Master Dairies Board of Directors, July 12, 1993
  • "AHERF - Not-For-Profit Bankruptcies," State Hospital Association Executives Forum, Marco Island, Florida, December 4-5, 1998
  • "Challenges to the Tax-Exempt Status of Healthcare Facilities and Other Charities in Pennsylvania", PICPA 1993 Healthcare Conference, June 8, 1993
  • "Tax Exemption Legislation," Pennsylvania Society of Healthcare Attorneys of The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, May 19, 1993
  • "Pennsylvania Municipal Tax Charitable Exemption," The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, January 25, 1993
  • "Ethics for Health Lawyers," Pennsylvania Bar Association, January 13, 1993
  • "Medical Assistance Reform," HAP/HTA Special Regional Membership, December 17, 1992
  • "Pennsylvania Municipal Tax Charitable Exemption," Pennsylvania Hospital Trustees, June 10, 1992
  • "Pennsylvania Municipal Tax Charitable Exemption," Paoli Memorial Hospital Legislative Tax Force, May 29, 1992
  • "Purely Public Charities from a Constitutional Perspective," Health Care Leadership Conference, April 5, 1994.
  • "Community Benefit Efforts of Hospitals and Networks; Tax Considerations," The New Jersey Hospital Association Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, June 9, 1994.
  • "Taxation of Nonprofits After Hamot - Analysis of Common Pleas Court Cases," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 1992
  • "Managed-Care Corporate Structure and Liability," Montgomery County Medical-Legal Committee Seminar, May 18, 1994.
  • "Current Developments in the Pennsylvania Sales and Use Tax-Exemption Affecting Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations," University of Pennsylvania Law School Center on Professionalism, September 28, 1994.
  • "Integrated Delivery Systems An overview of major developments," Duane, Morris & Heckscher LLP-sponsored seminar, Voorhees, New Jersey, December 8, 1994
  • "A Success Story: Winning the Tax-Exemption Battle," The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, Public Relations & Marketing Society, October 25, 1992
  • "Changing Healthcare Market from a Legal Point of View," Southern New Jersey Hospital Council Annual Meeting, November 3, 1995.
  • "Medicaid Managed-Care: Past, Present & Future," Health Law Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 17-18, 1995.
  • "Intensive Legal Review Following Promulgation of 1991 Fraud and Abuse Safe Harbor Regulations," Nationwide Panel of Lawyers, October 1991
  • "A Tiger at the Gate: Protecting the Tax-Exempt Status of Your Hospital," Health Research and Education Trust of New Jersey, September 1991
  • Selected Seminar and Faculty Presentations

  • "Current Challenges Facing Not for Profit Organizations," Schultz & Williams sponsored seminar, June 6, 1996.
  • "Structuring Physician Practices: Options and Opportunities," conference co-sponsored by Duane, Morris & Heckscher and Healthscope, Inc., March 5, 1997
  • "Analysis and Interpretation of The Final Regulations (Safe Harbor)," WHYY - Channel 12, Medical Providers' Capital Network, Inc., August 1991
  • "Analysis of the New Pennsylvania Purely Public Charity Act of 1997," Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 18, 1998, Allentown, Pennsylvania, February 20, 1998
  • "Defending Your Hospital's Tax-Exempt Status," 1991 Spring Conference and Vendor Showcase jointly sponsored by the Delaware Valley Health Public Relations and Marketing Association and The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, June 25, 1991
  • "Tax Exemption: In Your Future?" Hospital Trustee Association of Pennsylvania, Twelfth Annual Conference, October 10, 1990
  • "Health Care Changes: AHERF," Florida Hospital Association, Orlando, Florida, November 17, 1999
  • "Taxation of Not-for-Profit Hospitals," Healthcare Financial Management Association, Philadelphia Chapter Program Meeting, March 14, 1990.
  • "Constitutional Tax-Exemption for Nonprofit Hospitals in Pennsylvania," The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, Fall Conference, October 25, 1989
  • "Selected Current Litigation Report for Health Care Update," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 17 and 24, 1989
  • "Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Act," NHLA Utilization Management Seminar, April 7, 1989
  • "Health Care Cost Containment Council," Society of Hospital Attorneys of Western PA, October 1988
  • "New Medical Record Quality Data (DRI)," Philadelphia Bar Association, May 1988
  • "Pending and Recent Health Care Litigation in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 1988
  • "Drug Testing and AIDS in the Workplace," Northeast Ice Cream Association, September 1987
  • "Medical Staff Relations, Staffing Development Planning," Reading Hospital and Medical Center, January 1987
  • "Accrediting the Hospital -- The Resultant 'Paper Trial'," DRI's Hospital Law Seminar, October 1986
  • "Development in Federal and State Health Care Legislation," Philadelphia Bar Association Health Care Law Committee, June 1986
  • "Legal Aspects of Medical Records," Pennsylvania Medical Record Association, May 1986
  • "Legislative Health Care Concerns," Women's Legislative Conference, March 1986
  • "Considerations Relative to Operating a Hospital-Based School of Nursing," Council of Hospitals with Diploma Schools of Nursing, March 1986
  • "Current Hospital-Related Reimbursement Litigation," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, January 1986
  • "Medical Communications and Malpractice," Pennsylvania Society for Communications Managers, October 1985
  • "Health Care Facility Operations and the Antitrust Laws," Hospital Council of Eastern Pennsylvania, October 1985
  • "DRGs and Future Prospects for Psychiatric Hospitals," CSI Seminar, April 1985
  • "Prospective Payment of the Board Medical Staff Relationship," Delaware Valley Health Education & Research Foundation, November 1984
  • "PPOs & Alternative Health Care Delivery Systems -- Financial and Malpractice Liabilities; Anti-trust Issues: Boycotts, Price-Fixing, Exclusive Territories," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, October 1984
  • "The People's Medical Society and Physician Accountability," Society of Patient Representatives and Pennsylvania Association of Quality Assurance Pros, October 1984
  • "Medical Staff Relations -- Organizational Issues," Physicians Advisory Group, September 1984
  • "Alternative Delivery Systems, The Carecard Experience -- PPSs and PPOs," The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Attorneys, June 1984
  • "Critical Issues in Health Law -- Terminating Treatment, Malpractice, DRGs and Financing, Alternative Delivery Mechanisms," American Society of Law and Medicine, April 1984
  • "Ethics and Antitrust," The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Western Area Society Members, March 1984
  • "Medicare, Medicaid and the Law: The Changing Environment -- Hospital Issues and Litigation," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 1983
  • "Group Medicare Appeals," The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Attorneys, October 1983
  • "Antitrust -- General Principles, Laws and Court Decisions, Applicability to Health Professions," The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Committee on Medical, Nursing and Other Professional Practices, September 1983
  • "New Jersey Governor's Study Committee," Regulation of Fluid Milk, 1979