Rachel S. Morse is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, concentrating on complex commercial litigation. She has tried cases in state and federal courts, and she has significant experience in a variety of substantive areas, including intellectual property disputes, antitrust issues, business torts, and complex contract disputes.
Ms. Morse served as part of the team that represented an S&P 500 healthcare real estate investment trust in a three-week jury trial in federal court. The lawsuit arose out of the firm’s client’s acquisition of a $2 billion Canadian real estate investment trust. The case resulted in a $101 million jury verdict for Ms. Morse’s client, which represents one of the largest awards for a tortious interference with business expectation case.
Ms. Morse maintains an active pro bono practice. She recently won a jury award in a civil trial for a low-income immigrant who was the victim of a car crash that totaled her car and prevented her from working as a home care aide for the elderly. Ms. Morse also represents victims of domestic violence seeking emergency and plenary orders of protection in the Domestic Violence Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Ms. Morse assisted the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission in its inception and early years, working closely with the chair of the Commission and the other appointed Commission members to assist and advise the Illinois Supreme Court in regard to the acquisition, collection, documentation, and preservation of the historic aspects of buildings, objects, artifacts, documents and information relating to the Illinois judiciary.