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James J. Morrissey, Jr. (Jim) has practiced law for over 40 years, with a primary focus on estate planning, administration and litigation.

Throughout his career, he has achieved a number of recognitions, among them an AV rating—the highest possible peer rating by the Martindale-Hubbell directory of attorneys. Jim was also inducted into the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and served as the American Cancer Society’s New York counsel.

Active and well-respected in the legal community, Jim is often asked to act as a Guardian ad Litem, to review cases on behalf of the Surrogate’s Court and provide recommendations to the court in cases involving minors and incapacitated persons. He has acted as an Article 81 Guardian for an incapacitated person. He has performed volunteer work for the Legal Aid Society. He has served as a board member for numerous privately-held corporations.

James J. Morrissey, Jr. practices in the following areas of law:
  • Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning, Estate Litigation.
Admitted:
  • 1965, New York; 1966, U.S District Court, Southern District of New York, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit; 1969, U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1972, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York.
  • 1981, Illinois.
  • 1991, District of Columbia.
Law School:
  • University of Illinois, LL.B., 1964.
College:
  • University of Illinois, A.B., 1962.
Member:
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Trusts and Estates Section), The District of Columbia and Illinois Bar Associations (inactive). CONFIRM
Biography:
  • Graduate of Trial Advocacy and Depositions Skills Programs, National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Graduate of Harvard Law School Negotiation and Advanced Negotiation Seminars. Former Member, Board of Visitors, University of Illinois College of Law, 1995-1997. Former Mediator, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Military:
  • U.S. Coast Guard, 1954-1958.
Born:
  • Quincy, Illinois, August 30, 1936.