Education & Honors

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2014

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, M.B.A., summa cum laude, 2007

School of Business & Industry Leadership Roundtable

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2004

USAA All-American Collegiate Scholar Award

Florida A&M University's Distinguished Scholar Award and Full Scholarship

National Achievement Award

Government service

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2014-2015

Bar admissions

Illinois

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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 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, 2016 - 2018

Wesley A. Morrissette

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Professional Practice

Bartlit Beck LLP, 2015–Present, Associate

Procter & Gamble Corporation, 2009–2011, Purchases Manager

Managed the sourcing strategy for a $19 million North America Print Advertising Spend across all brands. Implemented preferred rosters projected to save the company $1.2 million annually.

Avenue Capital Group / Avenue Asia, 2006–2008, Investment Analyst

Analyzed investment opportunities on the ground throughout Asia as part of a $20 billion hedge fund with over $5 billion dedicated to Asia. Performed due diligence such as construction of cash flow models, asset valuation, and research of legal issues. Presented both written and oral recommendations directly to the Fund Manager/Principal.

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 attorney 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.

BankDirect Capital Finance, LLC v. Capital Premium Financing, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
Counsel for plaintiff in breach of contract case. Successfully argued Seventh Circuit Appeal of preliminary injunction, which directly led to settlement in client’s favor.

Current representations

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.

General Electric Company v. APR Energy PLC (S.D.N.Y.)
Counsel for defendant and counterclaim plaintiffs in breach of contract action arising from sale of mobile power turbines rental business and subsequent turbines-supplier relationship between the parties.

APR Energy Holdings Ltd. v. General Electric International Operations Company, Inc. (M.D. Fla.)
Counsel for plaintiff in breach of contract action arising from power generation services provided by APR.