Jack’s interest in investigations began after college, when he worked as a journalist for his hometown newspaper in Georgia. His passion for writing, fairness, and ferreting out the truth ultimately steered him toward law school.
Jack’s legal career began at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He served for eight years in the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section, investigating law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, and other state institutions to ensure they complied with state and federal law. He has investigated and monitored law enforcement agencies in Ohio, New York state, Arizona, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Jack then moved to Southern California, working in private practice before joining Orange County’s Inspector General’s office, the Office of Independent Review. Here, he worked with various agencies, focusing on identifying and addressing high-risk and potential liability issues. He also led investigations of the Sheriff’s Department and Probation Department, determining whether use of force complied with legal standards and best practices.
While in law school, Jack worked in public affairs for a nonprofit global relief agency that provides healthcare for people in developing countries. He also served in the U.S. Army, deploying to Iraq in 2003, as a combat photographer and paratrooper.
Jack serves as a reserve police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, working patrol in the LAPD’s Harbor Division. He enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with his family (not necessarily in that order).
Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
University of Georgia, B.A., Journalism; minor in English
Police Consulting and Oversight
State Bar of California
State Bar of Georgia
Middle District of GA
Northern District CA
OIG announces the selection of Vida Thomas as the firm’s new managing partner. She succeeds Amy Oppenheimer, who will continue as a partner in the firm.
Jack Morse and Neil Bautista explore how an outside investigation might have helped in this article from The Recorder.
Vida Thomas will present during the California Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Section 2023 Public Sector Conference in Sacramento.