Kathleen Hogan Morrison is a Chicago attorney, concentrating in adoption and parentage matters. Ms. Morrison handles all types of adoption cases, including agency, private, agency-assisted, special needs, related, intercountry, and interstate adoptions. She has been selected by her peers to be: a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and its board of trustees, a member of the Leading Lawyers Network and its advisory board, and a member of Illinois Super Lawyers. She was recently selected as one of the Top 50 women lawyers in Illinois. Ms. Morrison has served as the chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee, was chosen as expert witness for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for the Illinois Supreme Court, and is on the Review Committee for Joint Council on International Children’s Services. In addition, Ms. Morrison represents parties in contested adoption matters, which are referred to her by other lawyers, agencies, judges, and former clients. Ms. Morrison is a frequent speaker and author on issues of adoption, foster parenting, permanency planning, and termination of parental rights. She is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court and all other Illinois courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United State District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

Professional Information

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

Vice-President (2007-2008)
Board of Trustees (2001-2005)
Program Chair, AAAA 14th Annual Conference (2003)
Editor, AAAA Newsletter (1997-2002)
Member, AAAA Agency and Intercountry Committees (1992-present)
Member and Advisory Board Member, Leading Lawyers Network, The Top Lawyers
Member, Illinois Super Lawyers
Review Committee Member, Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS)
Board Member, Chances by Choice (Adoption of HIV + children)
Incorporator and past Board Member, Gift of Adoption Fund, Illinois
Member and Past Chairperson, Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee
Author, Illinois Adoption Law, Ch. 1, Basic Concepts of Adoption; Ch.19, Consumer Protection in Illinois Adoption Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Adoption Law: Practice and Procedure in the 21st Century, Ch.14 Wrongful Adoption, New York State Bar Association
Admitted to practice law in Illinois and before the United States District Court (N.D.III), United States Court of Appeals (7th Cir.), Federal Trial Bar.



Experience:

President:  

Kathleen Hogan Morrison, P.C.
2100 Three First National Plaza
Chicago, Illinois 60602 October, 1997-present
Concentrating in adoption matters, handling all types of adoption cases: agency, private, agency-assisted, special needs, related, intercountry, and interstate adoptions. Additional background in contested adoption, parentage, and custody cases—trial and appellate levels.

Illinois Appellate Court:
In re Petition of K.J.R., 293 III. App. 3d 49, 687 N.E.2d 113 (1st Dist. 1997), upholding Putative Father Registry statute against constitutional challenge.

Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, County Division:
H.H. v. S.B., M.A.B., and S.R.F.C., Inc., 02 CA 632, rejecting biological mother's effort to contest adoption due to openness (2003).
In re Adoption of B.B.W., 04 COAD 574, opposing biological father's interstate challenge to Illinois Putative Father Registry (2004).
I.R. to Adopt J.D.W., 03 COAD 1535, terminating parental rights due to depravity (2004).
F.C. v. T.C.S., 03 COAD 2096, rejecting biological mother's claim of fraud (2004).
In re Adoption of D.J.S., 04 COAD 1450, attacking parental rights of registered sex offender (2005).
M.F.D and M.M.D. to Adopt K.J.S., 04 COAD 2608, upholding agency’s right to withdraw consent to adoption (2005).

Partner:   Mandel, Lipton & Stevenson, Ltd.
120 N. Lasalle, Suite 2900
Chicago, Illinois 60602 October, 1990-October, 1997
Maintained adoption practice in all phases. Handled both contested and uncontested cases. In re Adoption of Casale, 266 Ill. App. 3d 656, 639 N.E.2d 174 (1st Dist 1994), affirming biological father's unfitness to parent due to depravity.
Associate:   James P. Chapman and Associates, Ltd.
542 S. Dearborn, Suite 1060
Chicago, Illinois 60605 March, 1985- October,1990
Handled complex litigation, including RICO, commercial, malpractice, civil rights, and fraud cases, in all courts. Additional emphasis on appellate practice.
Associate:   Goldman and Marcus
69 W. Washington, Suite 2252
Chicago, Illinois 60602April, 1984-March, 1985
Engaged in general civil practice before all courts. Experience in labor law, commercial litigation, Title VII, administrative review, and personal injury.
Assistant Attorney General:   Illinois Attorney General-Consumer Protection Division
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Room 335
Chicago, Illinois 60604 June, 1978- April, 1984
Conducted civil litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. Supervised litigation attorneys. Handled variety of consumer fraud cases from investigation through trial, collection, and appeal. Emphasis on injunction cases, discovery, and contempt trials.
Instructor:   John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, Illinois 60604Spring Semester, 1982- 1985
Taught legal research and writing as member of adjunct faculty.
Judicial Law Clerk:   Hon. Robert. J Downing- Illinois Appellate Court
3000 Daley Center
Chicago, Illinois 60602May, 1976-June, 1978
Prepared memoranda of law on pending cases and draft opinions on cases previously argued.
Education:   John Marshall Law School
Chicago, Illinois Juris Doctor, 1976 (Honors)
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MissouriB.A., English, 1972 (Honors)