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Morris Azuma Anyah

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Morris Anyah, Law Office of Morris A. Anyah, LLC.


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About Morris

Learn Morris’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    30%
    Morris Anyah is a top criminal appeals attorney in Chicago. He is a former Cook County prosecutor and war crimes attorney at The Hague. Call Attorney Anyah now! You are one telephone call away from peace of mind!

    29 years, 50 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Morris 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. Call Attorney Anyah now! You are one telephone call away from peace of mind!

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Personal injury
    25%
    Morris Anyah is a plaintiff's personal injury attorney in Chicago. He is a former Cook County prosecutor and war crimes attorney at The Hague. Call Attorney Anyah now! You are one telephone call away from peace of mind!

    20 years, 50 cases

  4. Civil rights
    15%
    Morris Anyah is a civil rights attorney in Chicago. He is a former Cook County prosecutor and war crimes attorney at The Hague. Call Attorney Anyah now! You are one telephone call away from peace of mind!

    8 years, 3 cases

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. He is now one of the pre-eminent, “go to” lawyers when people search for a top-notch criminal defense or criminal appeals attorney in Chicago. 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, and he represented former Liberian president Charles Taylor at his war crimes trial in The Hague. Attorney Anyah is a trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence and he brings a wealth of experience (over 20 years) and skill to the cases that he handles. He handles cases in state and Federal court in Chicago and elsewhere, and he founded his law firm with the objective of providing the highest quality of legal representation to persons charged with serious crimes, those appealing unfair and wrongful convictions, and those who have sustained injury due to abuse of power, or the negligence, recklessness, or willfulness of others. As a plaintiff’s personal injury and civil rights attorney in Chicago, he has filed suits and won significant monetary damages for his clients over several years of practice. He is admitted to the bars of several U.S. Federal and state court jurisdictions, including in Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Georgia. Call Attorney Anyah now at. 

Photos and videos

Attorney Morris Anyah cross-examining Hollywood actress Mia Farrow during the Charles Taylor war crimes trial at The Hague, August 9, 2010
Attorney Morris Anyah addressing the international media at The Hague, after the pronouncement of the Appeals Judgment in the Charles Taylor war crimes trial, September 26, 2013
Licensed for 26 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1998
Updated 06/08/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1996
Updated 01/06/2023
State GA
Status Inactive Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1998
Updated 02/03/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Morris

Law Office of Morris A. Anyah, LLC.
53 W Jackson Blvd #1260
Chicago, IL, 60604

Reviews

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Posted by Shawna T. | January 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional, Outstanding Attorney
My husband and I hired Mr. Anyah to handle a gun case for our son. Mr. Anyah was a complete professional throughout the entire proceedings. He kept us informed from start to finish. In the courtroom, His strategy was something above sharp and impressive. Morris Anyah was able to show the judge so many detailed points within the case, which made the States Attorneys case unravel, time and time again. His ability to strategize this way, made it clear to the judge, and a ruling of a not guilty, case dismissed. This is definitely the only attorney you want. To our family, He is the meaning behind "For The People".
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Posted by Felipe D | July 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fully satisfied service by attorney Anyah
I hired Attorney Morris Anyah after being charged falsely by the police and he did great job in fighting the case and getting the main charge dismissed. I ended up with a petty driving charge instead of going to jail. He is the best lawyer out there and I will be carrying his business card with me in case of police harassment again.
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Posted by Africa | July 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy satisfied client
Mr.Morris Anyah proved I was innocent which meant a lot due to me being a state employee and also a member in a very well known organization that deal with main charity events to help and serve others... Also my community ties and living arrangements were saved and not sabotaged. MR. Morris Anyah gave me hope in life again , at times i wanted to give up . I would refer him a million times with Faith of him winning the case blind folded . He is very patient and steady with his work as if it was his very own life that depended on it. He responds back asap and is definitely a Man of his word.... The Best , I rate him above average , GLAD I HAD HIM ON MY TEAM......
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Posted by Michael Baker | June 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Morris Anyah is an outstanding criminal defense attorney.
I am writing to recommend Mr. Anyah in criminal defense and DUI representation. As a former colleague at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, I've had the pleasure of working directly with him. Morris is my go to guy on felony criminal law matters. He has an exceptionally strong eye for detail and has the knack for finding the winning strategy before a jury or judge. He also has a calm demeanor that is a blessing for clients in and out of the courtroom. His strong sense of organization helps him to always gain the upper-hand in court and his great results speak for themselves. I respect his integrity, dedication and hard work ethic. He is a top rate trial attorney who cares a great deal about his clients and will always take the time to make sure they understand the process and what to expect. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Sabrina | June 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
By Sabrina,June 23, 2016
My experience with Mr. Morris Azuma Anyah, was very calming concerning issues I was facing. I had never needed a lawyer before and was very frightened, Mr. Anyah took my cares and made them his own and for that, I was truly grateful. I will highly recommend his services to all who may be in need of a excellent and knowledgeable attorney of law.
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Posted by Cortney | June 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best in business
Hi my name is Courtney and I'm writing this review today because I want u to know that Mr. Anyah's is one of the best and great lawyers out there family-oriented aggressive and goes for the truth I do give him a 5-star rating he got my fiance out of not one but two cases I would recommend him to anybody and everybody he goes for the truth he will let u know if u right or wrong so if u looking at this review I say yes to hire Attorney Morris Ayah's
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Posted by Tara | September 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the Best
Attorney Morris Anyah is a phenomenal Attorney.Whom I would highly recommend. He is very confident,aggressive,informative and extremely knowledgeable of the Law. He is very committed to the best interest of his clients. Thank you so much!
Posted by Daryl | September 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"Outstanding legal representation"
I would highly recommend Attorney Morris Anyah without hesitation! He is the most selfless, detail oriented, very aggressive, very effective and extremely knowledgeable legal professional I have ever met in my entire life. He prepares to fight relentlessly and tirelessly on his/her clients behalf. It was absolutely one of the best decisions I could have ever made hiring Attorney Morris Anyah. Thank You So Much. Daryl - Chicago,IL
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney-at-Law
  • Law Office of Morris A. Anyah, LLC.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Attorney for 233 Kenyan Victims of Crimes against Humanity
  • The International Criminal Court
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Defense Attorney to former Liberian President Charles Taylor
  • The UN Special Court for Sierra Leone at The Hague
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Lecturer
  • School of Criminal Justice, American Intercontinental University at Dunwoody, Atlanta
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Attorney-at-Law
  • Anyah and Associates, LLC, Atlanta, GA.
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Legal Officer, Office of the Prosecutor
  • UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Chicago, IL.
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Law Clerk, Night Narcotics Unit
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Chicago, Il
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Law Clerk, Criminal Appeals Division
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Chicago, Il
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Research Assistant
  • Center for Research in Law and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Research Assistant
  • Office of International Criminal Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 1991 - 1991
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Education

  • The Hague Academy of International law
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • 2000
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • MA - Masters
  • 1993
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
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Legal Cases

  • People of the State of Illinois v. JM
  • Not guilty following a jury trial
  • In Re RD
  • Trial court reversed by the Illinois Appellate Court and the case remanded to resume trial
  • People of the State of Illinois vs. CG
  • Case dismissed at the Preliminary Hearing
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Associations

  • Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • 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
  • List of Counsel at the International Criminal Court
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • List of Counsel at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • African Journal of Legal Studies
  • Advisory Board
  • 2011 - Present
  • List of Counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation to Students at the Center for Criminal Defense
  • "International Criminal Practice and Comparisons to National Practice”
  • 2015
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Morris
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am writing to recommend Mr. Anyah in criminal defense and DUI representation. As a former colleague at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, I've had the pleasure of working directly with him. Morris is my go-to guy on felony criminal law matters. He has an exceptionally strong eye for detail and has the knack for finding the winning strategy before a jury or judge. He also has a calm demeanor that is a blessing for clients in and out of the courtroom. His strong sense of organization helps him to always gain the upper-hand in court and his great results speak for themselves. I respect his integrity, dedication and hard work ethic. He is a top rate trial attorney who cares a great deal about his clients and will always take the time to make sure they understand the process and what to expect. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Morris Anyah is a lawyer's lawyer. Whenever I have criminal or civil cases touching on complex areas of law or challenging facts, I call on Morris. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to observe Morris' team-work spirit, sublime brilliance and strategic talent. Morris, also is one of a few talented and select attorneys who have been called upon by the international criminal bar to prosecute and defend war crimes at the Hague in the Netherlands. Without a doubt, I wholeheartedly recommend and endorse this lawyer!"
International law Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Anyah is not only a brilliant Attorney in his practice but I was constantly amazed at his level of professionalism and the attention to detail he had with his projects when he Supervised on the high profile Charles Taylor trial. It is with honor that I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Morris Anyah in the area of Criminal Defense. While small in height Morris has always been a legal giant. His analysis of criminal matters is unparalleled as is his legal experience. You may hire others but none better."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Anyah is a dedicated and skilled lawyer. He truly works hard on the behalf of his clients and advocates diligently for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Morris is a terrific lawyer--smart, creative, and persuasive in the courtroom. He has a mastery of the law and is a fierce advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Mr. Anyah personally and professionally. He is highly respected in the legal community, and I endorse this lawyer."
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Chicago Criminal defense Lawyer Morris Azuma Anyah
Morris Azuma Anyah
Criminal defense Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 26 years