James A. Morsch
James A. Morsch
Insurance, Antitrust and Competition Law, Class Actions and Commercial Litigation
For more than 20 years, Jim has been a commercial litigator focusing on complex and high-stakes litigation. Among other clients, he represents insurance companies in disputes with other insurers and policyholders.
During his career, Jim has developed broad experience in commercial litigation including areas such as class actions, trade secret and restrictive covenants, unfair competition and distribution disputes, and injunctions. He has a national reputation for his counsel with respect to opt-out plaintiffs in significant antitrust cases. Jim has been repeatedly cited as a leader in antitrust litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers and he was named as a leader in antitrust law in The Best Lawyers in America. And, as part of the Law Bulletin Publishing Group’s 2015 survey of the top lawyers in the state, Jim was designated a “Leading Lawyer” in Illinois in Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Insurance Coverage and Reinsurance Law, and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law. In addition, he won the Client Choice – USA & Canada 2014 award in Insurance & Reinsurance – Illinois.
Jim has represented clients in significant cases during his career including achieving successful results in:
Jim is a trial attorney admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Western District of Michigan, and several other federal district and appellate courts. He litigates in state and federal courts outside the State of Illinois and serves as outside counsel to several Fortune 500 companies, trade groups, and small businesses. Jim frequently resolves cases through mediation and/or arbitration.
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, Advisory Council
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Jim is the firm’s Pro Bono Director and has leadership roles in numerous pro bono and charitable organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Pro Bono Initiative and the Chicago Bar Foundation. In 2009, he was awarded the Midwest Light of Human Rights Award by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center. In 2011, Jim was awarded the Barristers Philanthropic Award by Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth.
Speaker, Public Interest Law Initiative Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable
Speaker, Antitrust and Distribution Webinar for Fortune 500 Client
Commentator, 14th Annual Loyola Antitrust Colloquium
Faculty Member, AIRROC Negotiation Workshop
Update on Recent Legal Developments, IAIR & AIRROC Joint Issues Forum
Antitrust Class Actions: Post-Italian Colors Developments, Law Seminars International’s 3d Annual Comprehensive Conference on Litigating Class Actions
Legal Do’s and Don’ts for Entrepreneurs, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Alumni Club of Chicago
The Law Firm Insiders’ View of Giving to Legal Aid, Management Information Exchange
Immigration for the Non-Immigrant Lawyer: Asylum, Chicago Bar Association
Proof of Conspiracy and Summary Judgment, Loyola Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies Program on Matsushita at 20: Proof of Conspiracy, Summary Judgment, and the Role of the Economist
Initiating Revenue Producing Litigation in Your Role as a Corporate Steward, ALM’s Corporate Counsel Forum
Minimizing and Controlling Litigation Costs, Chicago Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel
Expense & Time – It’s All About the Money, ALM’s T3 Trial Tactics & Technology Seminar
Creative Ways to Incorporate Pro Bono Work into Your Practice, Rhode Island Bar Association
Complex Case Juries – Antitrust and other Federal Litigation Matters, Seventh Circuit Bar Association Program (in conjunction with the Chicago Bar Association/Illinois State Bar Association)
The Clients Speak – Best Practices in Litigation, American Lawyer Media’s Litigators and Leaders Summit
Opt-Out Antitrust Litigation, Chicago Bar Association/Illinois State Bar Association, Joint Antitrust Section Meeting
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1992
B.A. (Government and Modern Languages), cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1987
Jim and his wife Maggie, Assistant General Counsel at NiSource, Inc., live in Chicago with their two children. Before law school, Jim worked in Washington, DC at the Refugee Policy Group and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.