Thomas Morsch

Professor of Law Emeritus
Emeritus Director, Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center


Professor Morsch teaches entrepreneurship and nonprofit organization law and is the emeritus director of Northwestern Law's Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center. The Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center gives students hands-on experience representing entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. He has been awarded a Dean's Teaching Award by the Law School on several occasions.

Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Morsch was a senior partner and member of the Executive Committee at the firm now known as Sidley Austin. He has served as president of Public Interest Law Initiative, Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law, Chicago Bar Foundation and Northwestern's Law Alumni Association, and on the advisory boards of Kellogg's Center for Nonprofit Management, Catholic Charities of Chicago, and the Illinois Equal Justice Commission. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an active commercial arbitrator. Professor Morsch has received many awards for his charitable and professional endeavors, including the Cardinal Bernardin Award from the Chicago Legal Clinic, a professional recognition award from Loyola University School of Law, and the first Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Civil Rights Award from the Anti-Defamation League as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. In September 2006 he received a Justice John Paul Stevens Award for "extraordinary integrity and service to the community throughout his career."

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Areas of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Associations
  • Clinical Teaching

Selected Publications

  • Guidelines For Establishing A Law School Investor Advocacy Clinic (FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2009) (with J. Samuel Tenenbaum ).
  • The Battle of Monasternenaugh, 1579, 23 Irish Sword 305-314 (2003).
  • Discovering Transactional Pro Bono, 72 Umkc Law Review 423-431 (2004).
  • Schools Offer Hands-On Training, Chicago Lawyer (December 1, 2005).


  • BA, University of Notre Dame
  • BSL, Northwestern University
  • JD, Northwestern University

Prior Appointments

  • Partner and Counsel, 1972-2000, Sidley & Austin (Chicago)
  • Partner, 1955-1972, Leibman, Williams, Bennett, Baird & Minow (Chicago)

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Commercial Arbitration Panelist, American Arbitration Association

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