James Morrissey


Jim is a seasoned appellate lawyer who has handled dozens of appeals and argued several times before the Illinois Appellate Court. He also has substantial experience representing clients in class actions and government investigations.

A native Chicagoan who grew up in a family full of lawyers, Jim dreamed of being a fighter pilot or a writer for National Geographic but wisely decided to attend law school instead. He played rugby in college but now enjoys beach volleyball during Chicago’s brief summer months, and will go out of his way for a cheeseburger and chocolate shake at Top Notch Beefburgers.




Speaker, "Cleaning up Your Credit," Veterans’ Financial Empowerment Workshop, Chicago, IL | May 3, 2019

Moderator, “Providing Pro Bono Assistance to Survivors of a Natural Disaster,” American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Miami, FL | January 12, 2019

Speaker, "Cleaning Up Your Credit," Chicago Public Library "Law at the Library" Series (pro bono) | February 26, 2018

Speaker, "Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez: Does a Tender of Complete Relief Moot a Plaintiff's Claim," American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Park City, UT | January 7, 2018

"House of Representatives Passes the SAFE Banking Act," ABA Business Law Today (April 2021)

"Supreme Court to Decide Whether the CFPB’s Structure Violates the Separation of Powers," ABA Business Law Today (October 2019)

"Suing the Messenger: Update on Collection Letter Litigation," 74 Bus. Lawyer 569 (2019)

"'So You're Telling Me There's a Chance': The Post-Campbell-Ewald Possibility of Mooting a Class Action by Tender of Complete Relief," 71 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 237 (2018)

"Presbyterian Church of Sudan v. Talisman Energy Inc.: Aiding and Abetting Liability Under the Alien Tort Statute," 20 Minn. J. Int'l L. 144 (2011)

American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee (Young Lawyer Liaison, Pro Bono Subcommitte, 2018-2020; Young Lawyer Liaison, Litigation and Arbitration Subcommittee, 2016-2018)

Chicago Bar Association (Chair, Consumer Credit Committee 2020-2022; Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Investigative Division)

American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (Civic Engagement Team Member 2021-2022)

Mortgage Bankers Association

Receivables Management Association

ACA International, Members Attorney Program

Illinois Bankers Association

Illinois State Bar Association


Contact Jim

(312) 280-0441 DIRECT

(312) 939-0983 FAX

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Did You Know

In college, he refereed intermural inner tube water polo.

His favorite basketball team is the Marquette Golden Eagles.

He served as the managing editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law.

Jim grew up in the Beverly neighborhood and now lives in Lakeview.

His most memorable vacation was the trip he took to the Isle of Sky off the coast of Scotland, where he got engaged.

He prides himself on his chicken stir-fry.


University of Minnesota Law SchoolJ.D., magna cum laude (2011)

Marquette UniversityB.A., cum laude (2008)


State of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois

U.S. District Court, C.D. Illinois

U.S. District Court, S.D. Illinois

U.S. District Court, N.D. Indiana

U.S. District Court, S.D. Indiana

U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan

U.S. District Court, W.D. Michigan

U.S. District Court, E.D. Wisconsin

U.S. District Court, W.D. Wisconsin