G. Robert "Bob" Morris

Known for approaching problem solving from a business owner’s perspective, the management teams for closely held companies rely on Bob Morris as a strategic advisor and outside general counsel. Direct, creative, and enthusiastic, Bob thrives on helping clients build and grow their businesses domestically and internationally. While he serves a number of closely held companies with traditional businesses, he is best known for his successes representing both early stage and mature companies involved in agricultural technology, biotechnology, life sciences and emerging technologies. Clients value Bob’s experience and strategic insight in capital formation activities, including private placements, venture capital financings, and leveraged transactions. Bob is often called upon for critical advice when life sciences and technology companies seek to expand into new markets and business lines through domestic and international technology acquisitions, licensing agreements, and other activities related to the monetization of proprietary products and technologies.

Bob regularly advises clients on ongoing intellectual property protection, corporate governance, organizational and business planning activities, and operations. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his experience in Corporate Law - Banking, Biotechnology, Closely-Held Businesses, Corporate Finance, International, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities.


  • Member, Board of Directors, Life Science Tennessee
    • Member, Policy Committee and Bioagriculture Committee
  • Chair, Tennessee Board of Economic Growth, 2000-2003
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Tennessee Technology Development Corporation
  • Former Chairman, Board of Directors, Lifeblood Biological Services, LLC and Lifeblood of Memphis
  • Former Chair, Tennessee Governor’s Task Force on Biotechnology

Prior Affiliations

  • Partner, Butler Snow LLP, Memphis, Tenn.
  • General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development, NSA International, Inc.


  • J.D., University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1982
  • B.S., University of Tennessee, Commercial and Financial Management, 1979

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • California

Up Close

When he’s out of the office, Bob prefers to be outside working on some new project or hunting. An aspiring gentleman farmer, Bob is at home on a tractor and is as comfortable chasing game in the woods as he is advising clients in a board room.