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Francis C. Morrissey

Lecturer on Law

Education

JD Boston University School of Law, BS University of Massachusetts

Professional Background

Frank Morrissey, a Partner in Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos, LLP, concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, insolvency and distressed acquisitions and divestitures. Morrissey has been a member of the faculty since 2010 and has taught and mentored countless students. In addition, Morrissey has a passion for pro bono work, particularly in the areas of debtor-creditor law and bar discipline.

Long active in pro-bono matters, Morrissey has served, by appointment of the Supreme Judicial Court, as Vice Chair of the Clients’ Security Board and was recently reappointed to serve a second term on the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Oversight Committee. In addition, Morrissey is completing his fourth term as a hearing committee member for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. He has also represented parties on a pro bono basis before both the BBO and Board of Bar Examiners, as well as acted a commissioner in bar discipline cases. 

Impact litigation is particularly important in Morrissey’s pro bono practice. Morrissey led the Massachusetts Bar Association’s successful efforts to lobby the General Court to update Massachusetts’ version of the Uniform Commercial Code. He also helped launched the MBA’s Student Loan Bankruptcy Assistance Project.  In a case of first impression that he handled for the Project, Morrissey obtained a ruling from the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit that a student borrower’s ownership of exempt property is not a per se bar to an undue hardship discharge. Morrissey was also one of the principal drafters of the MBA’s successful amicus brief in In the Matter of Gregory M Olchowski, a case before the Supreme Judicial Court that concluded that unidentified funds in IOLTA accounts should be remitted to the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee. These efforts have made broad and lasting changes in the laws of the Commonwealth.

Morrissey was recognized for these efforts with the MBA’s President’s Award. In addition, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts honored him with its Pro Bono Publico Award. And 2019, the Editorial Board of Massachusetts Weekly selected Mr. Morrissey as one of its “Lawyers of the Year”.