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H. Patrick Morris concentrates his practice in First Amendment/Media litigation, business litigation, class actions, products liability, and toxic tort claims, as well as the investigation and trial of regulatory matters (including OSHA hearings and investigations).

A former adjunct law professor with Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. Morris has taught  intensive clinical training in trial advocacy, and frequently lectures on various subjects, having spoken at or chaired many educational seminars. His peers have nominated him for an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been consistently recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers.  In 2023, he was recognized by the Best Lawyers in America. In 2012, Mr. Morris was honored with the Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award, for his dedication to the cause of diversity in the bar. (View his acceptance speech.)

Mr. Morris was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and also belongs to several law organizations, including the Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors 2001-2006), the Society of Trial Lawyers Illinois (Board of Directors 2001-2003), the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication. Mr. Morris is admitted to practice in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

Admissions & Education

Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court
Missouri Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Education

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1983
Tulane University, University of Illinois, B.A.,1979

Affiliations

Food Safety Summit Professionals
Food Safety & Refrigeration Monitoring Network
International Association of Defense Counsel
Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

Honors

AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award
Illinois Super Lawyers 2006, 2009, 2010-2013, 2015-2018
Leading Lawyers 2004-2022
Best Lawyers in America, 2023

Presentations & Publications

Presentations

Moderator, Genetics' Growing Interaction with the Law - Mesothelioma, BAP1, and Genetic Susceptibility, a presentation by Dennis Paustenbach, PhD, DABT, Paustenbach and Associates, July 14, 2021

The Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar: DALS 2015 June 3-5, 2015 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Recent Verdicts-2015"

Program Co-Chair, “Oil Spill Litigation and Emerging Issues Seminar, Defense Research Institute,” The Houstonian Hotel, Houston, TX, August 12 -13, 2010

Program chair of “Challenges Facing Corporate America 2008,” a Defense Research Institute, Corporate Counsel Roundtable; also moderated “Emerging New Theories of Corporate Environmental Liability-Climate Change and Public Nuisance Litigation,” 2008

Committee Chair, Defense Research Institute Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, 2000, and Moderator, “Keeping the Gloves On: Small Players versus Manufacturers in the Large Toxic Case — How to Resolve the Conflict, Defense Research Institute Toxic Torts and Environmental Law seminar,” 2000

Speaker, “Strategies for Defending Mold Lawsuits,” American Insurance Association's Emerging Trends Conference: Mold-The Challenge Ahead, May 20-21, 2002, McLean, Va.

Speaker, “All Industry Forum on Mold,” National Association of Independent Insurers, Oct. 9, 2001

Speaker, Interactive Voir Dire – “Trial of the Case that has Already Been Tried in the Media,” DRI Annual Meeting 2001, Oct. 5, 2001, Chicago

Program Co-Chair and Speaker, “Cutting Edge Issues in Mold Litigation and Initial Handling of a Mold Claim,” Mealey's National Mold Litigation Conference, Oct. 1-2, 2001, Chicago

Speaker, Updates – “Toxic Tort and Environmental Issues and Verdict Summaries” (Solvents, Pesticides, Hazardous Chemicals, Irritants, Hazardous Waste and Asbestos), Defense Research Institute Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar, March 8-9, 2001, New Orleans

Seminar Chair and Speaker, “The Dose-Response Requirement in Mold-Sick-Building and Building-Related Illness Claims,” Mealey's Mold Litigation Conference, February 8-9, 2001, Philadelphia

Speaker, “Lead 101 and How to Value Lead Cases,” 2000 Mealey's, October 18-19, 2000, St Louis

Speaker and Program Chair, “Keeping the Gloves On:  Small Players versus Manufactures in the Large Toxic Case - How to Resolve the Conflict,” Defense Research Institute Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, March 2, 2000

Speaker, “Neuropsychological Testing and Testimony,” Mealey’s Midwest Lead Litigation Conference (Co-Chair), October 10, 1996, Chicago

Speaker, “Tort Law Update,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Spring Meeting, March 2, 1996, Chicago

Speaker, “Defending Chemical Exposure Toxic Tort Claims,” Society for Chemical Hazard Communication Fall Meeting, October 17, 1995, Arlington, Va.

Speaker, “Proving or Defending Lead, Repetitive Stress Injury, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Brain Damage Cases,” Practicing Law Institute: The Defense of Lead Paint Cases, September 21, 1995, broadcast live via satellite, New York

Speaker, “Cross-Examination of Plaintiff's Neuropsychologist, “ 1995 Mealeys' National Lead Litigation Conference, May 4-5, 1995, Philadelphia

Speaker, “Presenting the Defendant for Deposition,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Shotgun Seminar, February 4, 1995, Urbana, Ill.

Speaker, “Cross-Examination of Plaintiff's Rehabilitation Witness, Effective Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses,” Chicago Bar Association, January 9, 1995, Chicago

Publications

“Gulf Coast Residents Sue BP, Nalco for Dispersant Exposure,” Chemical Week, August 2-9, 2010

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