Thomas G. Morrissey

A lifelong south side resident, Tom Morrissey comes from family of lawyers.  As one of six children to follow his father into the legal profession, Tom Morrissey initially joined the City of Chicago’s Civil Rights Division following his graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center.  After his father died suddenly in 1987, Tom took over his father’s store front legal practice on Western Avenue in the Beverly community. In addition continuing to serve his father’s clients, Tom broadened the practice to include representing individuals whose constitutional rights were violated by government policies and practices. In 1996, Tom, along with childhood friend Bob Farley, began a seventeen year legal battle to halt the inhumane and degrading practice of strip searching men and women at the Cook County Jail. Recently Tom has served as class counsel in a number of cases challenging unconstitutional conditions at the Jail including: the involuntary genital swabbing of male detainees; the failure of the Jail to provide accessible toilets and showers for physically impaired inmates; the denial of dental care to  inmates;  the shackling of pregnant women during child birth; and the failure to continue medication for inmates entering the Jail with serious medical and/or mental health conditions. 

Patrick W. Morrissey

In 2009, Patrick received an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University. Patrick earned his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 2012. Since admission to the Illinois Bar in November 2012, he has worked as an attorney for Thomas G. Morrissey, Ltd. In this capacity, he exclusively represents plaintiffs in litigation arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In June 2013, he was admitted to the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar and in 2015 was admitted to practice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Presently, he represents approximately 30 individual plaintiffs in civil rights cases pending in the Northern District of Illinois. He has been appointed class counsel in three cases in the Northern District of Illinois. Patrick has been co-counsel on thirteen federal jury trials.