Cases Tried or Otherwise Taken to Judgment
Confidential AAA Arbitration (Phoenix, AZ)
Represented a Fortune 100 company in confidential, multi-billion dollar dispute. The two-week arbitration hearing included testimony from numerous senior executives and expert witnesses. Obtained complete victory for client.
Mybrary LLC d/b/a Trunq v. Lifetime Memori Inc. d/b/a Trunx (N.D. Ill.)
Counsel for plaintiff in trademark infringement case. Parties reached agreement on a joint stipulated permanent injunction shortly after filing. Secured an award of attorneys' fees for client.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Texas Roadhouse (D. Mass.) Trial counsel for landmark pattern or practice age discrimination claim brought by EEOC against national restaurant chain. After three-week jury trial in January 2017, case ended in a mistrial because jury was deadlocked after deliberating for one week. Law360 coverage here. Case settled very favorably before retrial.
Elliott Associates, L.P., et al. v. AbbVie Inc. (Illinois)
Representing various investment funds in fraud actions arising from AbbVie's aborted $50 billion acquisition of Shire in 2014.
BankDirect Capital Finance, LLC v. Capital Premium Financing, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
Counsel for plaintiff in breach of contract case stemming from defendant's refusal to honor an option agreement for plaintiff to purchase defendant.
PRO BONO CASES
Rose et al. v. Raffensperger (N.D. Ga. 2020)
Trial counsel for plaintiffs in a voter discrimination lawsuit challenging the at-large method of electing members to Georgia's Public Service Commission, the entity that regulates telecommunications, electric, and natural gas services in the state. The lawsuit, brought under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, seeks to establish a new process that gives Black voters in Georgia the opportunity to elect their fair share of commissioners.
See Atlanta Journal-Constitution article here.
Professional Activities and Community Service
Associate Board Member and Treasurer, Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization, 2019-Present
Founding Donor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's African American History and Culture Endowed Scholarship
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Mentor, 2018-Present
Alumni Ambassador, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Alumni Ambassador, 2018-Present
2018 Pathfinder, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Board Co-Chair, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Black Law Alumni Association, Board Co-Chair, 2016-2018
- The National Black Lawyers Names Bartlit Beck Partner Wesley Morrissette To Its Top 40 Under 40 List02.11.2020
- The Innovative, Collaborative Spirit of Bartlit Beck: Mark Ferguson and Wesley Morrissette discuss Bartlit Beck's team approach in the Chicago Ideas Week blog11.09.2017
Education & Honors
Northwestern University School of Law, 2014, J.D., cum laude
Editor-in-Chief, Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy
Black Law Students Association 3L Legacy Award
Black Student Initiative Fellow and Representative
President, Black Law Students Association
1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholar
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, 2007, M.B.A., summa cum laude
School of Business & Industry Leadership Roundtable
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, 2004, B.S., summa cum laude
USAA All-American Collegiate Scholar Award
Florida A&M University's Distinguished Scholar Award and Full Scholarship
National Achievement Award
- Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2014-2015
Awards & Recognition
Recognized as a member of Benchmark Litigation's "40 & Under Hotlist" (2022)
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois