James A. Morsch

James A. Morsch

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (312) 876-7866
Fax: (312) 876-0288

Primary Office

Chicago
161 North Clark Street
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

James A. Morsch

Jim Morsch assists corporate clients with a wide variety of disputes involving insurance, antitrust and commercial law, as well as class action litigation. A trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, Jim litigates cases in state, federal and appellate courts and routinely has matters in arbitration. In his insurance work, Jim  represents insurers and insurance brokers in litigation involving bad faith, consumer protection claims, errors and omissions, breach of contract and fraud, among many other issues. On the commercial side, he represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses in an array of disputes, ranging from matters involving trade secrets, restrictive covenants and breach of contract to consumer fraud, tortious interference, conspiracy and RICO. His anti-trust work includes representations of manufacturers, distributors, service businesses, health care providers, and many others. When companies face the threat of class action claims, Jim provides assessments and offers counsel for resolutions to avoid litigation. If litigation ensues, he represents them in claims to defeat class action certification or to opt-out of class actions that do not serve corporations' best interests.

Much like his class action work, Jim's approach to resolving matters is to litigate when the client believes it is appropriate. But he also offers alternatives that takes into account the client's desire for efficient and cost-effective resolution, including through mediation and arbitration.

Jim is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches Class Actions.

Experience

Insurance Litigation

Select representations include:

An insurer as policyholder in large E&O dispute in case involving bad faith and failure to settle underlying insurance claim stemming from auto accident. Safeco v. Lloyd's (King County, WA)
An insurance broker facing a restrictive covenant case brought by a rival. Defeated the case and, in process, invalidated all of rival company's agent contracts nationwide. Effner v. Hoopis (Circuit Court of DuPage County, Illinois)
The primary carrier in coverage dispute related to certified class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Indiana Insurance v. CE Design (Ill., MA and WI)
Served as lead counsel in case involving allegations of decades-long fraud on workers compensation residual markets by leading insurer. AIG v. ACE, et al. (N.D. Ill.)
Commercial Litigation

Select representations include:

A consumer products company in commercial replevin action against toll manufacturer where court orders return of millions of dollars' worth of chemical ingredients. CPC v. High Ridge Brands (Ill.)
An FDIC contractor in connection with dispute over the shut-down of failed financial institution. Dardick v. FDIC (N.D. Ill.)
A luxury goods manufacturer facing dealer termination litigation involving claims of breach of contract, tortious interference and conspiracy. P.H. Int'l v. Christia Confezioni (N.D. Ill.)
A distributor in claim brought under Texas Dealer's Act and distribution agreement against power equipment manufacturer. MacDonald v. Powerware (American Arbitration Association)
A promoter in RICO and consumer fraud case relating to boxing match. Venzor v. Don King Productions (N.D. Ill.)
Contractor in civil and class action litigation involving indemnity obligations, violations of the environmental protection act and common law nuisance. State of Illinois v. Nicor et al (Ill.)
A lawyer falsely accused of violating the Illinois Trade Secrets Act. Obtained summary judgment and order requiring plaintiff to pay client's attorney's fees and costs. Geraci v. Chern (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois)
Antitrust and Class Action
A pet food company in recovery of damages in international price-fixing case. In re Vitamins Antitrust Litigation (D.D.C)
An auto filters industry client accused of involvement in an antitrust conspiracy in the oil filters industry. Case was settled. In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.)
A market-maker in case alleging antitrust conspiracy and securities violations in options market. Last Atlantis v. CBOT (N.D. Ill.)
Defeated antitrust claims brought by distributor of industrial pumps against manufacturer alleging wide-spread antitrust conspiracy in connection with new form of distribution agreement and other market activities. Helped client not only defeat the litigation but obtain the distributor's signature on the new distribution contract. Coker v. Viking Pump (C.D. CA.)
A car rental provider in class action alleging deceptive advertising and violations of consumer fraud act. Harter v. Auto Europe (Ill.)

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Barristers Philanthropic Award, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, 2011

Midwest Light of Human Rights Award, Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center, 2009

Selected for inclusion in Chicago Super Lawyers, 2005, 2008 to present

Named to The Best Lawyers in America© list, Antitrust, 2014  to present

Designated a "Leading Lawyer" in Illinois, Law Bulletin Publishing Group, 2014-2019

Client Choice - USA & Canada Award in Insurance & Reinsurance - Illinois, 2014, 2016

Memberships and Affiliations

Chicago Bar Association

American Bar Association, Antitrust Section

Advisory Council, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies

Leadership Board Member, National Immigrant Justice Center

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Chicago Bar Foundation

The Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

Pro Bono Initiative

Education

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1992

  • Book Review Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

B.A., cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1987

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Jim Morsch assists corporate clients with a wide variety of disputes involving insurance, antitrust and commercial law, as well as class action litigation. A trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, Jim litigates cases in state, federal and appellate courts and routinely has matters in arbitration. In his insurance work, Jim  represents insurers and insurance brokers in litigation involving bad faith, consumer protection claims, errors and omissions, breach of contract and fraud, among many other issues. On the commercial side, he represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses in an array of disputes, ranging from matters involving trade secrets, restrictive covenants and breach of contract to consumer fraud, tortious interference, conspiracy and RICO. His anti-trust work includes representations of manufacturers, distributors, service businesses, health care providers, and many others. When companies face the threat of class action claims, Jim provides assessments and offers counsel for resolutions to avoid litigation. If litigation ensues, he represents them in claims to defeat class action certification or to opt-out of class actions that do not serve corporations' best interests.

Much like his class action work, Jim's approach to resolving matters is to litigate when the client believes it is appropriate. But he also offers alternatives that takes into account the client's desire for efficient and cost-effective resolution, including through mediation and arbitration.

Jim is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches Class Actions.