Michael J. McMorrow is an experienced trial and appellate litigator whose practice focuses on commercial litigation. Before starting the firm, Mr. McMorrow was a partner at a small business litigation boutique and at consumer litigation boutique Edelson McGuire, LLC. Mr. McMorrow started his legal career in 2000 at Hopkins & Sutter, which later merged into Foley & Lardner, where he litigated commercial and regulatory cases throughout the federal and state courts. He is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. McMorrow is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to running McMorrow Law, P.C., Mr. McMorrow also served as Counsel to the respected intellectual property firm Patti & Malvone Law Group, LLC from 2014-2018.
Mr. McMorrow is an experienced trial and appellate litigator whose practice focuses on commercial litigation and class actions. His recent experience includes representation of corporate clients in the mobile telephone content industry in commercial and trade secret litigation, as well as representation of consumer classes in litigation under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, state unfair competition and consumer fraud laws, the Truth in Lending Act, and common law claims. He has represented clients in court and at trial across a full spectrum of issues, including airplane leasing, trade secret litigation, commercial contracts, consumer class actions, airport construction, automotive manufacturing, commercial and consumer lending, and product liability, and has represented clients in heavily-regulated industries including insurance, defense contracting, health care and energy.
In January 2016, Mr. McMorrow, along with several of his colleagues, obtained a significant victory for consumers throughout the nation in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 136 S.Ct. 633 (2016). In Campbell-Ewald, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a defendant’s unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment to a class action plaintiff does not moot the plaintiff’s case, and does not defeat the maintenance of the case as a class action. The court further ruled, without dissent, that a defendant’s status as a federal contractor does not entitle it to immunity from suit for its violation of federal law, in this case the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The New York Times described the case as an “important victory to regular Americans,” and the Washington Post described it as a “win for class-action plaintiffs, who are not used to many wins of any kind at the high court.” A link to the decision is below.
Mr. McMorrow graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2000, where he was Associate Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review, a Harno Scholarship recipient, and President of the Prisoners’ Rights Research Project. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 1994.
Mr. McMorrow is a member of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and its Rules and Practice Committee, has been a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois since 2005, and was a member of the Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee for over ten years. His pro bono representations have included asylum applicants, prisoners’ rights issues, and civil rights claims against federal employers.