Tony Balkissoon joined Loevy & Loevy in 2016. Mr. Balkissoon graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2010, and was awarded Dean’s Scholar prizes in both Trademark Law and Sex Equality. During law school, Mr. Balkissoon fought for sex equality through his work with Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.
After law school, Mr. Balkissoon joined a law firm in Chicago where he worked on high-stakes patent litigation while representing pro bono clients in immigration and criminal cases. He then served as a law clerk to two federal judges–first, to the Honorable Manish S. Shah of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, then to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Since joining Loevy & Loevy, Mr. Balkissoon has focused his practice on wrongful-conviciton and prisoner-rights litigation at the trial and appellate levels, including multiple trials resulting in verdicts of about $1 million per year of wrongful incarceration.
Outside of the firm, Mr. Balkissoon is a member of the Board of Directors of LAF, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago.
• District of Columbia, 2018
• Illinois, 2010
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2018
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2018
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2018
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2017
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2015
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2012
• U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2018
• U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2017
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2011
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
• J.D. (cum laude) – 2010
• Dean’s Scholar – Sex Equality, Trademark Law
University of Toronto
• B.A.Sc. (with honors) – 2007
Clerkships & Past Employment
• Law Clerk, Hon. Ann Claire Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
• Law Clerk, Hon. Manish S. Shah, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
• Fields v. City of Chicago, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Trial counsel for Nathson Fields, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for a double murder he did not commit. Jury returned a $22 million verdict for Mr. Fields, among the highest jury verdicts in a wrongful conviction case in U.S. history.
• Burgess v. Baltimore Police Department, et al. (U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland) Trial counsel for Sabein Burgess, who was wrongfully convicted of a murder he did not commit and spent 19 years in prison. Jury returned a $15 million verdict for Mr. Burgess.
• Townsend v. Murphy, et al. (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit) Appellate counsel for Mr. Townsend, who suffered medical problems after being forced to work a prison job that allegedly exposed him to dangerous chemicals. The district court dismissed Mr. Townsend’s case, but Mr. Balkissoon successfully had that decision reversed on appeal.