Donald T. Morrison

September 7, 1928 -
May 20, 2013


Donald T. Morrison was the founding father of Morrison & Morrison, P.C. He began his brilliant legal career in 1949 as a law student at Northwestern University. His legal training was interrupted by service in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1954, where he served as a combat line officer on an AKA-54 in the Pacific during the Korean War. His passion for the law was evident even in his Navy days where he attended the U.S. Navy School of Military Justice and served as court martial counsel. After his service in the Navy, he returned to Northwestern where he obtained his law degree and was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1955.

He was offered and accepted a job as a trial lawyer with the litigation firm Morgan, Halligan & Lanoff in Chicago. It was there that he learned the art and skill of being a successful civil litigator and trial lawyer. He blossomed into a pioneer of civil litigation and trial practice in the State of Illinois.

After moving to Lake County, Donald T. Morrison established himself as a leading trial attorney in numerous areas of civil litigation. He served as an Assistant Attorney General for condemnation cases from 1961 to 1968. After that, he represented countless governmental agencies, including, most notably, the Lake County Forest Preserve District, the Waukegan Port District, dozens of municipalities, as well as landowners, in eminent domain cases throughout the Metropolitan Chicago Area. He served as chairman of the Eminent Domain Committee of the litigation section of the American Bar Association. He authored several authoritative articles and texts in the eminent domain arena, and lectured extensively as an eminent domain expert throughout the State of Illinois. Quite simply, he was considered one of the, if not the, most influential attorneys on Illinois eminent domain law in the history of the State of Illinois.

He also became quite a leader in the personal injury arena, particularly in the areas of medical malpractice and product liability practice. He handled countless cases on the plaintiff’s side resulting in multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, while at the same time successfully defending American International Hospital (now known as Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion) in medical malpractice cases. He authored numerous articles and book chapters in the area of medical malpractice and product liability, and lectured extensively as an expert in these fields as well.

His trial expertise also included the areas of corporate and business litigation, land use and zoning, municipal law, construction litigation, legal malpractice, and extensive appellate court work.

In 1977, he was elected Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. That same year, he served as President of the Lake County Bar Association. In 2007, he received the Lake County Bar Association President’s Award for Professional Excellence. He was a trial attorney for more then 50 years.

To this day his legacy lives at Morrison & Morrison, P.C. in his two sons and daughter who now are partners in the firm.