Christopher D. Morris
Mr. Morris is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available to any attorney, and has been so rated continuously since 2004. This rating is obtained as the result of an independent rating of lawyers and judges who are familiar with his representation of clients. Fewer than 5% of all attorneys in the United States are accorded this honor. Mr. Morris has also been selected as a “Leading Lawyer” which is a distinction awarded by a professional review committee to less than 5% of all the lawyers licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan.
Christopher D. Morris, a partner of Lennon, Miller, O’Connor & Bartosiewicz, PLC was born in Rochester, Indiana in 1957.
Mr. Morris’ practice is focused in the areas of Employment Law, ERISA, Insurance Defense, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, and General Civil Litigation. Mr. Morris has practiced law in the Kalamazoo area continuously since 1984 after joining the law firm of Ryan, Jamieson & Hubbell.
Mr. Morris is a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan and also serves on the Discipline Board of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Associations of the States of Michigan and Indiana, the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Michigan Supreme Court Advocates Guild and the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society. Mr. Morris is president of the volunteer board of the Constance Brown Hearing Center and also a former member of the West Michigan Cancer Center Community Board.
Mr. Morris is admitted to practice in all Michigan and Indiana State Courts; the United States Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals; and the Federal District Courts for the Western District of Michigan and Northern District of Indiana. He is also licensed to practice in the Potawatomi and Ottawa tribal courts.
Mr. Morris was in the Inaugural Super Lawyers in the state of Michigan. Mr. Morris has received the Client Distinction Award from Lawyers.com based on excellent client review ratings and is recognized in America’s Most Honored Lawyers.
Reported cases that Mr. Morris has personally litigated have been relied on as citing references in later legal decisions and law review articles over 4000 times. These published opinions from the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the State of Michigan, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Indiana Court of Appeals cover many diverse legal topics including disability law, insurance coverage, workers compensation, legal procedure, attorney fees, property damage and taxation. Example cases include: Moon vs. UNUM Provident Corp., 405 F.3d 373 (6th Cir. 2005); Moon vs. UNUM Provident Corp., 461 F.3d 639 (6th Cir. 2006); Seiser vs. UNUM Provident Corp., 135 Fed. Appx. 794 (2005); Ulman vs. Commissioner of Social Sec., 693 F.3d 709 (2012); Farrington vs. Total Petroleum, Inc., 442 Mich 201 (1993); Woody vs. Cello-Foil Products, 450 Mich 588 (1996); Russell vs. Welcor, Inc. , 157 Mich App 351 (1987); McCaul vs. Modern Tile and Carpet, Inc., 248 Mich App 610 (2001); Rangel vs. Ralston Purina Co., 248 Mich App 128 (2001); Reidenbach vs. City of Kalamazoo, 327 Mich App 174 (2019); West Michigan Annual Conference of United Methodist Church vs. City of Grand Rapids, No 352703, ___ Mich App ___, ___ NW2d ___ (Feb 25, 2021).
He received his Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College in 1979 and Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in 1983.