About Martin

Martin Morrissey was born September 25, 1959 in Rock Island, Illinois. He graduated from Alleman High School in Rock Island, then obtained his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois. While attending the University he studied for one year in Europe pursuant to the University Foreign Exchange Program. He received his B.A. degree in 1982, magna cum laude, his J.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1985.

He achieved partnership at Reed, Armstrong in 1992. He has tried over eighty civil jury trials. For a period of seven years, from 1988 through 1995 he successfully defended to verdict twenty-seven consecutive jury cases, nineteen of which constituted not guilty verdicts.

He has been married to Kit for thirty years and they have two children.

Over eighty civil jury trials
Significant appeals cases include
Wakeford v. Rodehouse Restaurants, 154 Ill. 2d 543 (1993);
Maple v. Gustafson, 151 Ill. 2d 445 (1992);
Jackson v. Seib, 866 N.E.2d 563 (5th Dist. 2007).
He is author of “The Appellate Court Administers a Healthy Dose of Common Sense to the Vehicle Photograph Admissibility Issue,” IDC Quarterly Feature Article (1st Quarter 2009).

University of Illinois, B.A., 1982, magna cum laude.
Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1985
Associate Editor of the Law Journal
Captain of the National Moot Court Team

Illinois Bar

Illinois Bar Association
Madison County Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
President of Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter, 2004
National Board of Directors (ABOTA), six years
Selected as Illinois Super Lawyer for past 9 years. More recently selected for recognition by Leading Lawyers magazine in area of civil injury trial defense.

Alcohol Impairment; Personal Injury Auto; Contributory Negligence
Auto-Bicycle Crash; Minor; Fractured Knee Cap
Jury Rejects Fraud Claim Levelled Against Insurance Carrier
Premises Liability; Paintball Eye Injury; Vision Loss
Trip & Fall; Hip Fracture

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois