Timothy J. Morgan

Hi, I’m Tim. I am the lead attorney of our firm here in Santa Cruz, and I’ve been a practicing lawyer for over 35 years. I began my professional legal career in 1974, serving as a Captain in the Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps in Washington D.C. In 1979 I left the Army and headed to Santa Cruz, the city where I was born and raised, to start my own private practice and I’ve been serving the people of the greater Santa Cruz area ever since. Over the years, our firm has evolved to serve the special needs of our local clients in the areas of real estate law, estate planning and administration, and business law. In addition to my professional service, I have been heavily involved in our local community and community organizations including the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, the UCSC Foundation (my alma mater), the Boy Scouts, church, and most recently, the Dominican Hospital Foundation. I’ve found that a lifetime community involvement and local connections has been of great value in serving those who have looked to our firm for help with their legal affairs. Below is a brief overview of my professional and community work. Take a look, and let’s talk about how I can help you.



  • University of California, Santa Cruz, California, B.A. Politics – 1970
  • University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California, J.D. – 1973

Past Professional Positions

  • United States Army JAGC, Captain, 1974 – 1979
  • Military District of Washington, Washington, D.C., Chief of Military Justice, 1976
  • Santa Cruz County Municipal Court, Referee and Judge Pro Tem, 1986 – 1987
  • California Senate Committee on Elections and Reapportionment, Minority Consultant, 1988 – 1989
  • Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Arbitrator/Referee, 1992 – 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The State Bar of California, Member, 1973 – Present
  • Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce, Director, 1983 – 1985
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association, Director and Treasurer, 1987 – 1993
  • Boy Scouts of America, Western Region Executive Board Member, Vice President for Endowments, Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council; Past President, Monterey Bay Area Council
  • Santa Cruz Estate Planning Council, Member
  • University of California at Santa Cruz Foundation, Trustee, 1996 – 2008
  • Dominican Hospital Foundation, Board Member, 2015 – Present

Representative Cases

  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc. v. City of Salinas, 98 Cal.App.4th 1351 (2002)
  • Santa Clara County Local Transp. Authority v. Guardino (Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Ass’n.), 11 Cal.4th 220 (1995)
  • Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Ass’n v. County of Monterey, 8 Cal.App.4th 1520 (1992)
  • Hartman v. Kenyon, 227 Cal.App.3d 297 (1991)
  • Snyder v. Evangelical Orthodox Church, 216 Cal.App.3d 297 (1989)
  • Walters v. Weed, 45 Cal.3d 1 (1988)
  • Resource Defense Fund v. Local Agency Formation Com’n of Santa Cruz County, 191 Cal.App.3d 886 (1987)
  • S. v. Hampton, 50 C.M.R. 232 (1975)