William J. Morrissey, Associate

Biography:
Attorney William J. Morrissey is an associate at Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein LLP. He assists clients with a variety of legal issues, including litigation, criminal law, business law, family law, civil rights, estate planning and employment law. Mr. Morrissey has a wide range of professional experience which he relies upon to provide his clients with first-rate representation.

Prior to joining KCL, Mr. Morrissey was an Assistant District Attorney and worked closely with victims of crimes. He prosecuted numerous misdemeanors and felonies on behalf of the Commonwealth, including domestic violence, drug offenses, OUIs, crimes against persons and crimes against property. Mr. Morrissey’s prosecution experience provides him with a unique perspective that he is able to leverage to provide efficient and effective criminal defense to his clients.

Mr. Morrissey is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Inspector General Investigator. Before becoming a prosecutor, Mr. Morrissey served as Associate Counsel for the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) where he sought to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse of public expenditures. As the lead counsel for the OIG’s Internal Special Audit Unit (“ISAU”), Mr. Morrissey was directly involved in confidential investigations and audits designed to examine and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (“MassDOT”) operations, including its governance, risk-management practices and internal processes. Through the diligent efforts of Mr. Morrissey and the ISAU, the OIG was able to identify opportunities for MassDOT to strengthen its current policies and procedures, providing for millions of dollars in savings.

Prior to attending Suffolk University Law School, Mr. Morrissey served in the United States Coast Guard (“USCG”) for more than six years. After completing a tour primarily focused on counter-narcotic operations in the Pacific Ocean, Mr. Morrissey returned to Boston where he served in the Logistics/Procurement Division of the Naval Engineering Support Unit (“NESU”). While at the NESU, Mr. Morrissey was responsible for reviewing all procurements and service contracts, managing and reconciling expenditures, managing operating materials and supplies, and preparing financial accounts and reports. It was at the NESU that Mr. Morrissey discovered his passion and skill in regulatory compliance, leading to his decision to pursue a career in law.

Recognition & Awards

  • Coast Guard Achievement Medal – awarded for “superior performance of duty”

  • Commandants Letter of Commendation Award (2) – awarded for “meritorious service”

  • Sailor of the Quarter – awarded for “outstanding performance of duty”

  • Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal (2) – awarded for “honorable and faithful service”

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