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Morris Anyah | Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer


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Morris A. Anyah is a trial lawyer with an international reputation for excellence. He brings a wealth of experience (over 20 years) and skill to the cases that he handles. He is a former Cook County prosecutor and war crimes attorney at The Hague who now handles some of the most complex criminal and civil cases before the courts. He founded his law firm with the objective of providing the highest quality of legal representation to persons charged with, or convicted of, serious crimes and those who have sustained serious personal injury due to the negligence, recklessness, or willfulness of others. He has served as lead trial or appellate counsel in several high-profile cases before national and international courts. He recently obtained an acquittal for a defendant charged with six counts of first degree murder, after a jury trial before the Circuit Court of Cook County. He represented former Liberian president Charles Taylor at his war crimes trial in The Hague between 2007 and 2012 and he has argued some of the most important genocide cases on appeal before international tribunals, including that against the former Prime Minister of Rwanda, Jean Kambanda. A former prosecutor in Chicago and at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Attorney Anyah has also represented victims of post-election violence in Kenya before the International Criminal Court. In addition to his criminal law practice in Chicago, Attorney Anyah has represented indigent defendants charged with capital felonies in the Atlanta metropolitan area. His experience also extends to plaintiffs’ civil rights and personal injury litigation, and he has filed suits and won significant monetary compensation for injured victims in cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, and automobile accidents. Attorney Anyah’s winning strategy has made him the pre-eminent, “go to” lawyer when people in and around Chicago search for a criminal defense or appellate attorney, a civil rights attorney, or a personal injury lawyer. He is admitted to the bars of several U.S., jurisdictions, including, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Georgia, and to the List of Counsel at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. His commitment and dedication to his clients and their cases are unwavering, and his experience as a trial litigator leaves him uniquely-placed to successfully handle the most complex of cases.
Position Organization Location Duration
Attorney for 233 Kenyan VictimsThe International Criminal Court2011 - 2012
Defense Attorney to former Liberian PresidentThe UN Special Court for Sierra Leone at The Hague2007 - 2013
Attorney At LawLaw Office of Morris A. Anyah, LLC2002 - Present
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Dayton School of LawJ.D. Law School1996  
The Hague Academy of International LawCertificate of Attendance2000
University of Illinois at ChicagoMACriminal Justice1993
University of Illinois at ChicagoBACriminal Justice1991
State / Court Date
District of Columbia1998
Georgia1998
Illinois1996
  • Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois | Member | 2017 - Present
    Illinois State Bar Association | Member | 2015 - Present
    Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit | Member | 2014 - Present
    Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois | Member | 2014 - Present
    International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition | Member, Advisory Board | 2013 - Present
    List of Legal Representatives for Victims at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon | Member | 2012 - Present
    African Journal of Legal Studies | Advisory Board | 2011 - Present
    List of Counsel at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon | Member | 2011 - Present
    List of Counsel at the International Criminal Court | Member | 2011 - Present
    List of Counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone | Member | 2007 - Present
    Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit | Member | 2002 - Present
    Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia | Member | 2002 - Present
    District of Columbia Bar | Member | 1998 - Present
    State Bar of Georgia | Member | 1998 - Present
    General Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois | Member | 1996 - Present
    Illinois Bar | Member | 1996 - Present
    School of Criminal Justice, American Intercontinental University at Dunwoody, Atlanta | Member, Advisory Board | 2006 - 2007
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers | National Trial Lawyers | 2018
    10 Best for Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys | 2016
    Alumnus of the Year Award | University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Criminology, Law and Justice | 2015
    CALI Award for excellent achievement - Judeo-Christian Ethics | University of Dayton School of Law | 1996
    CALI Award for excellent achievement - Jurisprudence | University of Dayton School of Law | 1995
    Phi Kappa Phi | University of Illinois at Chicago | 1993
  • Appeals Judgment in the War Crimes Case against former Liberian President, Charles Taylor
    Attorney Morris A. Anyah served as the lead appeals counsel to former Liberian president Charles Taylor during his war crimes case at The Hague. The Prosecutor vs. Charles Ghankay Taylor, Judgment, Case No. SCSL-03-01-A, UN Special Court for Sierra Leone (Appeals Chamber), September 26, 2013, The Hague, The Netherlands.

  • The International Criminal Court in Search of its Purpose and Identity | "Balancing Rights of the Accused with Rights of Victims before the International Criminal Court" (Chapter 4) | 2015
    Presentation to Students at the Center for Criminal Defense | "International Criminal Practice and Comparisons to National Practice” | 2015
    The First Ten Years of the International Criminal Court: Achievements and Challenges | “Balancing Rights of the Accused with Rights of Victims before the International Criminal Court” | 2013
    American Bar Association, Fall Meeting | “Making Space for ‘Ethics’ in the Investigation and Prosecution of International Crimes” | 2013
    T.M.C. Asser Institute, Supranational Criminal Law Lectures Series | “Victims’ Participation in the Kenyan Cases before the International Criminal Court” | 2012
    Presentation Sponsored by the Open Society Justice Initiative | “Defense’s Perspective of the Charles Taylor Trial and Sentence” | 2012
    Paris Bar Association | “Lawyers’ Immunity before International Criminal Jurisdiction” | 2011
    36 University of Dayton Law Review 3: 295 - 297 | “In Memoriam: Francis J. Conte" | 2011
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Morris A. Anyah is a top criminal defense and criminal appeals attorney in Chicago. He is a former Cook County prosecutor and war crimes attorney at The Hague with over 20 years' experience. Call Attorney Anyah now at (312) 528-9022. You are one telephone call away from peace of mind! Law Office of Morris A. Anyah, LLC., 53 W Jackson Blvd #1264, Chicago, IL. 60604, https://anyahlaw.com.

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Update Date: 2014-04-02

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