Thomas A. Morris combines more than 40 years of practice experience with diversified training and professional activity to provide skilled general, trial and appellate legal services. Mr. Morris is an effective and practical litigator at the federal and state levels, and has a substantial background in administrative and commercial law.
In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Morris frequently serves as a hearing officer and arbitrator in Lake County, Illinois. In the public sector, Mr. Morris counsels schools and other public bodies on contracts, student and staff personnel issues, and handles general business matters affecting municipal corporations.
He has worked on the full range of topics and legal requirements affecting elementary and secondary schools, particularly in large urban districts. He frequently advises Boards of Education and school administrators on grievances, business operation issues and special education matters.
Mr. Morris’ private sector clients include contractors, architects and real property developers. He offers them comprehensive guidance on such construction law issues as claims, bid disputes, delays, architects’ and engineers’ design liability, insurance requirements and mechanics’ liens.
He is also knowledgeable on real property matters, including land acquisitions, condemnation and preparation, and presentation of annexation petitions. He also works with real estate development activities, including zoning, wetlands, environmental clean-up and general environmental law compliance.
Finally, reflecting his extensive military service, Mr. Morris is conversant with all aspects of federal acquisition law and administrative law for military and government installations. Mr. Morris joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in December 1996 and is a past leader of the firm’s school law practice.
Mr. Morris is an Army Reserve Colonel (retired) who also served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 86th U.S. Army Reserve Command at Forest Park, Illinois. He served on active and reserve military status during a 28-year military career.
He also served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 416th Engineer Command FEDTA, where he played a principal role in the implementation of the environmental compliance program for the Army Reserves.
Finally, Mr. Morris was a trial attorney at the U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division in Virginia. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and various service ribbons.
Professional Affiliations :
- Lake County Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Virginia Bar Association
- Illinois Council of School Attorneys
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1971
- B.A., Holy Cross College, 1968
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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