Introducing Morris Lilienthal
I’m Morris, and I’m a Dad, Husband, Volunteer, and Trial Lawyer.
In 2017, I launched the Mo Show Live to share my passion for giving back to the community and helping others. The Mo Show Live platform was created to lend a voice to others investing in the community, non-profit organizations, community leaders, and those with heart-touching stories.
I share these stories in hopes to spread awareness for their causes.
I was born in Selma, Alabama, where my family owned a Men’s Clothing Store for over 100 years. After the store closed during my childhood, my family packed their bags and we moved to Alexander City before settling in Cullman, Alabama.
However, that wasn’t the last time I’d move as a child. Following my parents divorce while I was in the 5th grade, I found myself in Carrollton, Alabama.
We settled in the tiny, one-traffic-light town, which is mostly known for the legend of The Face in the Courthouse Window.
I attended Carrollton High School. It was a small 1A high school, but I loved every minute of it. Friday night football games were the talk of the town, with everyone turning out to cheer on their team.
A lifelong athlete, I was named Captain of the Team, First Team All-State, and we won the state championship during my senior year of high school. Those are memories I’ll always cherish. I continued my playing career as offensive tackle for the next four years, starting on the Maryville College football team.
The hard work, discipline, and resiliency that I learned as a college football player serves me well as I fight for justice for my clients in the courtroom.
While I double majored in biology and political science in college, I eventually landed at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. During my three years at Cumberland, I received the opportunity to clerk for a prominent personal injury law firm.
That’s when I discovered that I wanted to become a trial lawyer.
I’m married to my best friend from high school, Shannon. We didn’t start dating until college, but we were dating from a long distance for nine years until we married in 2006. Although we were frequently asked when we’d tie the knot, both of us wanted to settle into our careers to start the next chapter.
Shannon and I wed in 2006, and we decided to start a family two years later. We couldn’t wait to become parents.
In June of 2009, our son William (Will) Jackson Lilienthal was born via C-section at DCH Hospital in Northport, Alabama. Shortly after his birth, we were told that Will was having breathing issues and was being taken to the NICU. Our worst nightmare began to unfold.
Within a couple of hours, we were told Will’s condition was critical and he needed to be transported immediately to the RNICU (Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at UAB. Despite their efforts to save Will, he passed away three days later.
We later learned Will suffered from Vacterl association which is a cluster of abnormalities. Vacterl association occurs in 1 in 10,000 to 40,000 newborns. In Will’s honor, we started Team Will in 2013. We’ve raised over $75,000 for the March of Dimes and their mission to give all babies a healthy start.
In addition, over the last 2 years we’ve issued a 50 State Challenge to secure a donation from all 50 States and we’ve completed this challenge each year.
Shannon and I are now the proud parents of an athletic, healthy 10 year old son Wyatt.
My law honors have included an AV Preeminent peer review rating via Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, I’ve been named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Super Lawyers, and the American Society of Legal Advocates: Top 40 Under 40.
Over the 17 years I’ve practiced law, I’ve been fortunate to represent thousands of people. During this time we’ve worked hard to achieve the best possible results for my clients.
- 2018 WILG Annual Conference (Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group) – Social Media and Digital Platforms: Building Client Trust
- 2018 Maximum Lawyer Conference – Small Firm Social Media Success
- 2019 American Association for Justice Marketing Management Seminar – Nuts and Bolts of Running a Facebook Live Show
- 2019 Madison County Bar Association End of the Year CLE – Social Media for Lawyers
- 2020 American Association for Justice Marketing & Management Seminar: Nuts and Bolts of Running a Podcast
- 2020 Alabama Association for Justice Annual Seminar: Why & How Lawyers Should Embrace Social Media
- 2020 Law Clerk Virtual Summit: The Successful Business and Practice of Law: How to Use YouTube for Lawyers
Contributing Author of The Ultimate Guide to Social Media for Business Owners, Professionals and Entrepreneurs by Mitch Jackson.