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Francis Morrissey

Wise Morrissey, LLC
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Francis Morrissey
Wise Morrissey, LLC

Francis P. (Frank) Morrissey is a trial lawyer with a national reputation as a tenacious and highly successful personal injury and medical malpractice attorney. He has won multimillion dollar awards for his clients and his firm has the distinction of winning the largest reported personal injury settlement of a contested liability case in Illinois history securing $90 Million in 2021 for an individual who was involved in a workplace accident.

Not intimidated by deep pocket defendants, Mr. Morrissey has taken on such formidable foes as pharma giant Johnson & Johnson, and locally, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University medical Center, 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, Mr. Morrissey 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, Mr. Morrissey has charmed numerous juries in high-stakes lawsuits. Recently achieving a $9.7 million verdict in federal court involving complications from gastric bypass weight loss surgery, Frank Morrissey also settled birth injury cases for $10.9 million and $9.4 million.

First selected by his professional peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2005, Mr. Morrissey 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 and 2018 Supplements produced by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE®). Frank is also the President of the prestigious Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Lawyers, and the President of the Celtic Lawyers Association.

Areas Of Practice

Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury

Bar Admissions


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. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois


College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts


Published Works

Contributing author, Chapter 10 (“Fact Discovery”), Medical Malpractice 2011 Edition and (2013 and 2018, Supplements), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE®)

Representative Cases

$10.9 Million for a boy injured at birth

$9.7 Million for a woman injured after complications after bariatric weight-loss surgery; no offer before trial

$9.4 Million birth injury

$6.0 Million for a girl who suffered permanent injuries after a severe asthma attack

$3.5 Million for a teenager who suffered a cardiac arrest while he was admitted to the hospital

$2.0 Million for a man who suffered a cardiac arrest from an undiagnosed aortic dissection

$1.9 Million for a woman who bleed to death from an undiagnosed abdominal mass

$8.8 Million for an iron worker who suffered an ankle injury on a construction site

$3.28 Million for a boilermaker injured on a construction site

Honors and Awards

Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers

Celtic Lawyers Association, President

Illinois Super Lawyers (personal injury plaintiffs for medical malpractice and product liability)

Illinois Leading Lawyers (personal injury law, general and malpractice)

Irish Legal 100

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

American Board of Trial Lawyers

American Association for Justice

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