Robot Butt: Send In The Tort Lawyers: T.C. Morrison On Legal Satire and his New Novel

Following my graduation from NYU Law School, I spent four years in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps; conducting dozens of court-martial trials, I quickly learned how to try (and sometimes how not to try) cases. I then spent 45 years with a series of three New York City law firms where I tried cases and argued appeals throughout the country for major corporations in the pharmaceutical and consumer products field. 

Now, I have always loved novels and had always wanted to write one.  In fact, when I was in the Air Force I wrote a “spy” novel; fortunately, the three publishers I sent it to all turned it down. So, when I was a year away from retirement, I began thinking of writing a novel about a field I actually knew something about: modern American litigation. From the start I wanted it to be a satire; I had no desire to write yet another legal thriller—they’re a dime a dozen—or a serious book about the law that no one would read.

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Citywide Blackout Q&A: T.C. Morrison shows us the funny side of the law?

Who doesn’t love a good joke about lawyers?

That was the thinking that led T.C. Morrison to publish his first book, “TORT$ ‘R’ US,” debuting the memorable pairing of Pap and Pup. Since then, he’s found great success in his series of farcical legal shenanigans, continuing with his latest release, “Send in The Tort Lawyer$,” available on Sept. 12 through iBooks.

In this interview, Morrison talks about the continuation of the series, how his 45-year legal career spawned the book series, and his satirical take on the legal profession.

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Barnes and Noble Book Signing

Tom recently did a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Westport, CT.

Did you know that Tom writes his books the old school way? As Tom explains, “After I retired, I learned to sleep in. I write late morning, usually until lunch. One thing I never changed was writing with an old school #2 pencil on a legal pad and later translating it over to a computer for my editor. I typically use one legal pad per chapter.”

And here are said legal pads:

Tom Morrison talks to The Morning Juice Podcast

What’s better than one Tom? How about two! On this week’s episode of The Morning Juice, kglobal’s Tom Frank was joined by our client Tom Morrison who recently published his second book Please Pass The Tort$. The Toms talked all things torts and false advertising law. If you want more of Tom Morrison, we worked with the New York Post on a recent book review ( or you can check out his book on Amazon.

Former Lawyer Pens Satirical Books About His Old Profession

By Mackenzie Dawson, New York Post, December 5, 2021.

After spending 50 years practicing law, Tom Morrison knew exactly what he wanted to do: Write satirical novels about lawyers. “I tried writing a spy novel once, but I knew nothing about that. And I didn’t want to write a legal thriller,” says Morrison, who writes under the name TC Morrison. “There’s a lot of fun in the legal world. I think a lot of lawsuits are funny and amusing. So I wanted to write a farce about litigation.”

And write he did. 

His newest book is “Please Pass the Tort$,” the sequel to “Tort$ ‘R’ Us,” and features the zany exploits of twin brothers Patrick A. “Pap” and Prescott U. “Pup” Peters, who leave their stodgy law firms to start their own plaintiffs’ class action firm in the belief that it will be an ideal way to make more money and have more fun.  

“I think a lot of lawyers tend to be stuffy and full of themselves, thinking everything they do is immensely important. Lawyers do a lot of good work, but there’s a lot of humor in what we do,” says Morrison. 

“People love jokes about lawyers, and it’s because so many take themselves so seriously. So many of them are stuffy and pompous, and I thought it would be good to puncture the balloon of trial lawyers, particularly in the class action field.” 

Several cases he chronicles in the book were taken from his own career, including one against the breath-freshening product BreathAsure. “We sued them for false advertising. Their whole ad campaign was totally bogus,” says Morrison. “We found an expert witness who was a premiere expert on bad breath. And he convinced the court that bad breath was in the mouth, not the stomach, as the product claimed. In the settlement, the company agreed to drop 23 of its advertising claims, including the claim, ‘It works.’”

In another escapade recounted in the book, a class action lawsuit is filed against the KGB and the Russian government for entrapping a US congressman in a so-called Honey Trap. 

“I got the idea for a lot of the class action cases from articles I read in the New York Post,” notes Morrison. 

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