Morgan distinguished himself in corporate law, but it was a criminal case which propelled him into fame. In 2004, Morgan successfully led the defense of Chelsea Whitmore, a teenage high society girl accused of killing a homeless man and framing her cheerleading rival. Dubbed the trial of the decade, Morgan had his client acquitted by arguing that Chelsea was a victim of affluenza, also known as "rich kid syndrome."
This display of legal wizardry so impressed Thomas Cross, eccentric owner of the Cross Holdings media empire, that he made Morgan his personal attorney. Morgan went from victory to victory, representing corporate giants such as Ether, Hamsun Oil, Kronstadt Technologies and Haven Corporate Services. However, he also earned a reputation for playing fast and loose with the law, bribing public officials and blackmailing witnesses.
One year ago, Morgan led the defense of Jordan Cross, when Hannah Highmoore fell to her death from Cross' penthouse loft in DUMBO, New York. According to the clients, Morgan actively and knowingly helped Jordan Cross cover up Hannah's death as an accident, bribing police officers and manipulating the media. Because of his expert effort, Hannah was branded an out-of-control party girl, and Cross came out a grieving victim smelling like roses.
To date, Ken Morgan has never lost a case.Morgan comes across as a mild-mannered, elegant and silver-tongued Englishman. A courteous and somewhat harmless bon vivant bachelor, he lives alone in a penthouse, overlooking Central Park, with his Basset Hound Pickles. But make no mistake, Ken Morgan can annihilate anyone in a court room and has the will and resources to crush anyone who stands in his or his clients' way.
Habits and Personality
Morgan will roam around the ground floor of the hotel, accompanied by his bodyguard. He will cycle between the restaurant (where he will taste one of the five plates laid before him at random), the southeastern terrace, and the reception desk, where he will ask if his suite is ready and check for mail. As per the On The House opportunity, Morgan can be led to the Queen suite when he will remain once the opportunity has been completed. He will occasionally lean on the balcony at the southern edge of the suite, where he can be pushed.
Ken Morgan is shown to be nit-picky, as he will comment on every stain in his suite.
- Despite their very close business relationship, Ken mentions to his bodyguard that he had only talked to Thomas Cross face-to-face twice in his entire life - once aboard Cross' jumbo jet to be offered the job of senior counselor, and once in New York when Jordan was indicted.
- Some time ago, he had a relationship with actress Jackie Carrington.
- He seems to be a fan of football, as he talks with his bodyguard about the World Sports Federation Championship. He even bought a ticket to see the England vs. Argentina match, but because of his appointment in Bangkok, he's unable to go to the championship.
- Morgan's law partner, Don Archibald Yates, is a target in Hitman 3. He isn't to be confused with his younger brother, Zachary Yates, a lawyer mentioned multiple times during The Ark Society mission from HITMAN™ 2.
- Ken Morgan's death was apparently ruled an accident; in The Ark Society, one of the custodians near the helipad writes off talk of his assassination as "an alt-right conspiracy".
- He is one of the few targets in the entire series to be killed by another target as he may be pushed out of the Queen Suite window by Jordan Cross, although this is an optional method and may not be canon.
- After Morgan's death, Don and Valentina Yates adopted his dog Pickles, who later got ran over by a grape picker.
- Ken Morgan is voiced by James Sobol Kelly, who also voiced Nolan Cassidy and Sean Rose.
- Ken Morgan appears to be partially inspired by New York lawyer and former mayor Rudy Giuliani. Besides their shared career and home city, they feature comparable hairlines, facial structure, and Ken Morgan's glasses resemble several pairs frequently worn by Giuliani.