Anna Morrison-Ricordati practices civil litigation, business law, and animal law in Chicago, Illinois. Handling all aspects of dispute resolution, Anna has represented individual and business clients in mediations, arbitrations, jury and bench trials, equitable remedies, and appeals. She is a past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section Council (2010-2011), Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee (2012-2013), Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association’s Animal Law Section (2013-2014), past President of the North Suburban Bar Association (2014-2015), and has served as a CLE speaker on emerging legal topics for many organizations, including The Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Louisiana State Bar Association. Anna has also guest lectured at The John Marshall Law School in animal law and civil practice courses.

SuperLawyers® Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2012 – 2013

About Anna Morrison-Ricordati

Admitted: Illinois (2003); District of Columbia (2007)

Professional Webpage:

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Approved Illinois Municipal Administrative Hearing Officer (Public Act 90-516), May 2013
  • Mediator, Certified by the Centers for Conflict Resolution, Chicago, Illinois, December 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, North Suburban Bar Association, 2014-2015
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Animal Law Section, Chair 2014-2015
  • Adjunct Professor, Animal Law, The John Marshall Law School, Spring 2014
  • Chicago Bar Association, Animal Law Committee, Chair, 2012-2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Animal Law Section Council, Chair, 2010-2011

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Speaker, “Know Your Rights,” Alley Cat Allies’ National Conference, Architects for Change, Nov. 10, 2013
  • Volunteer Educator for Alley Cat Allies’ Helping Community Cats Workshops in Chicago,IL, and other ACA outreach programs, 2008-2013

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Louisiana State Bar Association, “Assembling an Animal Case,” December 2016
  • Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association, Annual Animal Law CLE (Numerous Topics), Chicago, IL, 2011 – present
  • Continuing Legal Education Presenter for APEX, “Animal Valuation,” “Dangerous Dogs,” and “Replevin,” Mt. Prospect, Illinois, February 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education Presenter for MyCLE, “Dog Law 101,” Orlando, Florida, September 2014, “Dog Law 102, The Basics & Beyond,” San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 2015
  • Evaluates civil rights claims and associated state late tort claims arising when police officers wrongly shoot dogs., Co-Author, Constitutional claims and criminal charges – How to evaluate cases when police shoot dogs., Illinois State Bar Association, Animal Law, 2014
  • Comprehensive overview of the pet trust process – which includes a checklist designed to help you draft Satutory Living Pet Trusts in Illinois – and an invaluable discussion on the elements of a Power of Attorney for Pet Care., Moderator, (Live Webcast) Pet Trusts and Powers of Attorney for Pet Care, Illinois State Bar Association, Animal Law, 2013
  • Addresses how CEOs and other business representatives could benefit from information on (1) Damage Control in the Media; (2) Entity Representation; (3) Litigation Holds; (4) Timing of Settlement Offers; and (5) Demonstrating Respect for the Courts., Author, Five (Important) Things I’ve Learned in Business Litigation, ExecSense, Corporate, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, Animal Law Course, John Marshall Law School, 2010-2012; Guest Lecturer, Summer Civil Practice Course, John Marshall Law School, 2011-2012

Emerging Legal Fields – Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Braybrooks v. Nguyen, Case No. 15-M1-014028, Circuit Court of Cook County, First Judicial District (Settlement Accepted/Entered 02/02/17) (dog injured by motorist, settlement accepted/entered for Plaintiff, $19,501.38)
  • Crowley v. McAuliff, Case No. 15-M1-300576, Circuit Court of Cook County, First Judicial Circuit (Settlement Accepted/Entered 12/07/15) (dog in crosswalk killed by left turning driver, settlement accepted/entered for Plaintiffs, $20,000.00)
  • Green v. Barden and Village of South Holland, et al., Case No. 13-CV-04629, Northern District of Illinois (Judgment Entered 12/3/2013) (police officer shot dog, dog lived, judgment entered for Plaintiff, $75,000.00)
  • Mengarelli v. Marquardt and Orchard Road Animal Hospital, Case No. 11-L-147, Circuit Court of Kane County, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Settlement Accepted/Entered 8/26/2013) (large dog killed small dog at holiday open house, settlement accepted/entered for Plaintiffs, $19,000.00)

Representative Clients:

  • Small Businesses, Individuals, Not-For-Profit Organizations, Animal Owners/Guardians, Animal Humane Organizations

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Featured in May 2012 Chicago Lawyer, “Even Animals Need Legal Assistance,” article by Sherry Karabin

Educational Background:

  • J.D., cum laude, 2003, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL M.S., Interdepartmental Biological Sciences, 2001, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL B.S., cum laude, Microbiology, 1998, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL Admitted:  Illinois, 2003; District of Columbia, 2007