Francis P. Morrissey

Francis P. Morrissey

Chicago, Illinois

Frank Morrissey is a trial lawyer who has established a national reputation as a tenacious and highly successful personal injury and medical malpractice attorney who has won multimillion dollar awards for his clients.

Not intimidated by deep pocket defendants, Frank has taken on such formidable foes as pharma giant Johnson & Johnson, and locally, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate Health and Hospitals, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Presence Health and Hospitals. From Florida to New York to Pennsylvania and back to Chicago, Frank has demonstrated a sophisticated knowledge of case law and won the respect of local judges and opposition attorneys alike as a stalwart litigator for his clients.

With his Irish wit and down-to-earth manner, Frank has charmed numerous juries in high-stakes lawsuits.  Most recently achieving a $9.7 million verdict in federal court involving complications from gastric bypass weight loss surgery.  Frank also settled a birth injury case for $10.9 million.

Frank was first selected by his professional peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2005 and has been so chosen every year since 2009. His selection as an Illinois Leading Lawyer reflects his ranking among the top five percent of all personal injury lawyers in Illinois.

Such honors demonstrate the pattern he established early in his career. As a young lawyer in 2003, he was named one of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “40 Under 40” Illinois attorneys under the age of 40 whose early success portended future courtroom stardom.
As a result of his extensive experience in medical malpractice cases, Frank has been chosen to be a contributing author to Chapter 10 (“Fact Discovery”), published in Medical Malpractice 2011 Edition and 2013 Supplement, produced by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE®). Frank is also an officer and treasurer of the prestigious Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Lawyers.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Product Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1993
  • College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1990

Published Works

  • Contributing author, Chapter 10 (“Fact Discovery”), Medical Malpractice 2011 Edition and 2013 Supplement, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE®)

Representative Cases

  • Budrik v. Wegman Construction (2007)
  • Tinney v. The Fitness Experience (2007)
  • Pinchat v. Graco Children's Product's Inc. (2005)
  • Arons v. H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Company (2005)
  • Tober v. Century Products Company (2004)
  • Clontz, et al. v. Bank One, N.A. (2003)
  • DVI Capital Company v. Barry Switzer, et al. (2002)

Honors and Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyers (personal injury plaintiffs for medical malpractice and product liability)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (personal injury law, general and malpractice)
  • Society of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association