Morgan R. Hirst’s jury trial experience includes months of stand up work as both first and second chair in courts around the Midwest. Most recently, he co-first chaired a trial team scoring a full defense verdict on behalf of the City of Chicago in a section 1983 case before a federal jury in Chicago. In addition to his trial work, Morgan has argued appeals before the Sixth and Seventh Circuits and the Missouri Supreme Court.
Morgan has frequently represented clients across a variety of industries in federal and state False Claims Act litigation and investigations, with numerous FCA representations relating to health care and tax issues.
He is also active in representing firm clients in a number of high-profile bankruptcy matters, including, most recently, Caesars Entertainment Operating Company (Official Committee of Second Lien Noteholders) and Peabody Energy (debtors).
Morgan is active in legal and civic organizations around Chicago. He is treasurer of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Northern District of Illinois’ Model Initial Discovery Pilot Project, a member of Taxpayers Federation of Illinois, and a member of the Chairmen’s Advisory Council for the Big Shoulders Fund, serving Chicago’s inner city Catholic schools.
He created and oversees the Chicago Office’s attorney mentoring program for student-interns from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s Corporate Work Study Program. Morgan also oversees the Chicago Office’s pro bono work on behalf of the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing.
- University of Illinois (J.D. magna cum laude 2001; Rickert Award for Oral Advocacy);
- Indiana University (B.A. 1998)
BAR ADMISSIONS :
- State of Illinois;
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar;
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits
- Hilco obtains affirmance of summary judgment in lawsuit brought by Patriot Group for $30 million in damages
- Caesars second lien noteholders confirm support for economic terms of consensual chapter 11 plan
- Takeda achieves full affirmance of district court judgment dismissing broad False Claims Act suit
- DDR wins jury verdict in five week trial over development contract
- Chicago based client succeeds in federal income tax lawsuit
- Potash Corporation successfully defends historic $43.1 billion hostile takeover bid
- DDR successfully prevents being terminated as the manager of Coventry Real Estate Fund II properties
- Successful litigation improves health and therapy treatment of civilly-detained individual, and secures greater protection of his constitutional rights
- TAP Pharmaceutical obtains dismissal of complaint under federal False Claims Act.
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