Mr. Morand focuses his practice on business litigation and trial practice. Since joining the Varner & Brandt litigation team in 2011, Mr. Morand has been involved in handling several civil litigation matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. His skills have obtained multiple six figure settlement awards for his clients, and he has successfully handled the defense of numerous negligence and premises liability cases, all of which have resulted in either defense verdicts or in favorable settlement negotiations. Mr. Morand’s talent as a litigator is also marked by his proven track record in both the arbitration and mediation setting, as well as in obtaining multiple defense judgments when arguing pretrial motions before the court.
Dedicated to serving his community, Mr. Morand sits on the Board of Directors for Inland Counties Legal Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing legal services to low-income persons residing in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. As an active board member since April 2015, Mr. Morand also serves on the Inland Counties Legal Services Technology and Audit Committees, where he is responsible for overseeing the proper external review of the financial statements of the corporation as well as the organization’s risk management, including monitoring the internal control environment.
Prior to joining Varner & Brandt, Mr. Morand gained invaluable experience in litigation advocacy through his many extracurricular activities while earning his Juris Doctorate. Mr. Morand interned as an assistant to Hon. Charles W. McCoy, Jr. (Ret.), then acting Supervising Judge of the Civil Departments of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he aided in the judicial aspect of numerous civil cases in the nation’s largest trial court. During this time Mr. Morand learned firsthand what Judge McCoy calls “The Five Cs” necessary for the sane and successful practice of law: Civility, Candor, Competence, Compassion, and Courage – a model that Mr. Morand strives to perfect everyday in his practice of law.
In addition to his work with Judge McCoy, in 2008 Mr. Morand was selected to serve as a judicial assistant to Hon. Stephen G. Larson (Ret.), Federal Judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California, during Judge Larson’s designated service to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Mr. Morand also completed two consecutive internships with the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office, where he gained firsthand experience in assisting with the defense of a wide range of criminal matters. Additionally, Mr. Morand volunteered his services at the Pomona Legal Self-Help Center at the Pomona Courthouse, aiding needy families and individuals in obtaining access to justice on issues of housing and employment law and immigration.
While studying law at the University of La Verne College of Law, Mr. Morand finished top of his class in Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, and Legal Analysis & Writing. He was an oral argument finalist in Appellate Advocacy and also received the Best Petitioner Brief Award in the University’s Honors Moot Court competition.
As an avid outdoor enthusiast and an FAA licensed pilot, Mr. Morand and his wife Marette enjoy exploring the natural beauty of Southern California’s diverse topography from the air and on their mountain bikes and ocean kayaks.
- Business Litigation
- Trial Practice
Honors & Awards
- CALI/AmJur Award recipient in Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, and Legal Analysis & Writing
- Honors Moot Court, recipient of Best Petitioner Brief Award
- Appellate Advocacy, Oral Argument finalist
- Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society of the Social Sciences
Community Involvement & Pro Bono
- Inland Counties Legal Services, Board of Directors
- University of La Verne College of Law, California, JD, 2008
- University of La Verne, California, BA, 2003
- The State Bar of California
- American Bar Association
- Riverside County Bar Association
- San Bernardino County Bar Association
- United States District Court (Central District of California)
- FAA licensed pilot
- Fluent in Brazilian Portuguese