Jim Morsch is a Partner with Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.
For more than 20 years, Jim has been a commercial litigator focusing on complex and high-stakes litigation. Among other clients, he represents insurance companies in disputes with other insurers and policyholders.
During his career, Jim has developed broad experience in commercial litigation including areas such as class actions, insurance bad faith, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, unfair competition and distribution disputes, and injunctions. He has a national reputation for his counsel to opt-out plaintiffs in significant antitrust cases.
Jim regularly represents companies in class actions and helps clients identify and take advantage of revenue-enhancing, litigation opportunities. He represents a wide range of clients from one of the country’s largest insurers to local manufacturing concerns and small to medium-sized businesses. Jim is a trial attorney admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Western District of Michigan, and several other federal district and appellate courts. He litigates in state and federal courts outside the State of Illinois and serves as outside counsel to several Fortune 500 companies, trade groups, and small businesses. Jim frequently resolves cases through mediation and/or arbitration. He has been repeatedly cited as a leader in antitrust litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers and Jim was named as a leader in antitrust law in The Best Lawyers in America. And, as part of the Law Bulletin Publishing Group’s 2015 survey of the top lawyers in the state, Jim was designated a “Leading Lawyer” in Illinois in Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Insurance Coverage and Reinsurance Law, and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law. Benchmark Plaintiff named him a Local Litigation Star (2013-2015) – Illinois in the areas of Antitrust, General Commercial and Securities. In addition, Jim won the Client Choice – USA & Canada 2014 award in Insurance & Reinsurance – Illinois.
Jim is the firm’s Pro Bono Director and has leadership roles in numerous pro bono and charitable organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Pro Bono Initiative, the Chicago Bar Foundation and The Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services. In 2009, he was awarded the Midwest Light of Human Rights Award by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center. In 2011, Jim was awarded the Barristers Philanthropic Award by Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth.
In addition to his litigation practice, Jim writes and speaks frequently on topics ranging from antitrust litigation to alternative fee arrangements, settlement negotiations, and class actions. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Antitrust Section), the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies (Advisory Council Fellow), and the American Bar Foundation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Valparaiso University Law School.
Jim earned his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1992, where he was the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. He received a B.A. (Government and Modern Languages), cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1987.