About Joe Morrissey


In addition to practicing law, Joseph D. Morrissey serves as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for the 74th District. Joe was first elected to the General Assembly in 2007. His District covers Charles City County, Eastern Henrico County (parts), and the City of Richmond (parts).  As a member of the House of Delegates, he serves on both the Education and Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committees. 

Delegate Morrissey is a 1979 graduate of University of Virginia, where he majored in economics and minored in chemistry. He received his law degree in 1982 from Georgetown University and a Masters-in-Laws degree in 2003 from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where he was a visiting lecturer. Delegate Morrissey served as Commonwealth’s Attorney of Richmond from 1989 to 1993. Joe also taught law school for five years in both Ireland and Australia.  In addition to teaching law, he is also a former high school government teacher and wrestling coach.  

He currently lives in Glen Allen and is a member of the Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia.  His community activities includes the Varina Lions Club, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and the Special Olympics of Virginia.  During his spare time, Delegate Morrissey enjoys spending time with his daughter’s Kennedy, Lindsey, Angela and enjoys various outdoor activities including: boating, water skiing, running, horseback riding, and cycling.

Legal History: 

Joe Morrissey has a proven record of success as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. Joe knows both sides of a court room, allowing him to provide the best legal defense in the Richmond metropolitan area. As the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Richmond, Joe won a record 54 cases in a row! Additionally, when he became a private defense attorney, his first 12 murder trials resulted in acquittals. 

Joe has won over 250 jury trials as both a prosecutor as well as a defense attorney. However, he doesn’t just take on the easy cases. He will fight for the underdog, no matter the odds. If you need help in the courtroom, Joe Morrissey is the man to see!