Rachel S. Morse
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Member
Massey & Gail LLP
50 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Rachel Morse is an experienced complex commercial litigator. Rachel represents businesses and individuals in their most complicated and significant matters, advocating passionately for clients’ interests in both state and federal courts. Her wide-ranging experience includes disputes of all kinds—trade secret, antitrust, intellectual property, breach of contract, fraud, business torts, restrictive covenants, and professional malpractice. Rachel skillfully and strategically guides clients through all phases of litigation, from pre-litigation disputes through post-trial motion practice.
As a trial lawyer and strategic counselor, Rachel has earned the respect of clients and co-counsel alike. Clients praise her courtroom advocacy as “truly wonderful” and “very effective and clear” and describe her professionalism as “the gold standard against which every other firm should be measured.” Rachel’s co-counsel commend her as a “fantastic lawyer” who is “extraordinarily talented,” exercises “excellent judgment,” and represents clients with “unmatched commitment, enthusiasm, and skill.”
Rachel maintains an active pro bono practice with high-impact results. In 2019, she first-chaired a criminal evidentiary hearing that resulted in the immediate release of her client who had been incarcerated since 1983 due to coerced confessions. In a civil case, Rachel first-chaired a jury trial on behalf of a low-income immigrant whose car was totaled by another driver, and the jury awarded more than double the client’s requested damages. She also has represented victims of domestic violence seeking emergency orders of protection against their abusers.
An engaging speaker, Rachel is frequently invited to instruct on a variety of legal issues. She teaches programs on ethics issues facing in-house counsel, expert witnesses and trial readiness, deposition skills, discovery, and women in the law.
Before joining Massey & Gail, Rachel was a partner at Jenner & Block, a litigation-focused international law firm. Rachel began her legal career there after graduating from Harvard Law School.