Benjamin S. Morrell

Associate Chicago

Summary

Ben is a litigator in Taft’s Employment and Labor Relations group. His practice focuses on complex employment disputes involving class and collective actions, restrictive covenants, wage-and-hour issues, and trade secrets. He regularly advises clients in compliance matters and has experience guiding businesses through investigations by state and federal agencies.

Ben also maintains a broad appellate practice. He has handled appeals in state and federal courts across the country and appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ben focuses his pro bono work on representing indigent clients on appeal under the Criminal Justice Act.

Before joining Taft, Ben served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Griffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to the Honorable J. Daniel Breen and S. Thomas Anderson of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. He earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College.

Ben regularly authors articles on current issues in labor and employment law. His writings have appeared in several publications, including Law360 and Employee Benefit Plan Review.

All Service Areas

Education

  • Duke University School of Law (2016)
  • Rhodes College (2012)

    B.A. - Political Science 

Admissions

  • State - District of Columbia
  • State - Illinois
  • State - North Carolina
  • State - Tennessee
  • Federal - U.S. Supreme Court
  • Federal - 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Central District of Illinois
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal - Southern District of Illinois
  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Eastern District of Michigan
  • Federal - Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Federal - Middle District of North Carolina
  • Federal - Western District of North Carolina
  • Federal - Middle District of Tennessee
  • Federal - Western District of Tennessee
  • Federal - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Federal - Western District of Wisconsin

Notable Matters

  • In a precedent-setting case, successfully challenged a federal agency’s adverse decision on constitutional grounds before a federal appellate court, attaining vacatur and a new hearing.
  • Attained complete dismissal of unfair labor practice charges following a trial on the merits before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Attained summary judgment of all claims in a high-dollar federal employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought under Title VII and the ADA.
  • Attained dismissal from a putative collective/class action alleging wage-and-hour violations and compelled individual arbitrations of the lead plaintiffs’ claims.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association

    Member, Labor & Employment Law Committee
    Attorney Mentor, Law Student Career Immersion Mentoring Program

  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association

    Member