Tony Balkissoon is an Appellate Staff Attorney at the MacArthur Justice Center. In that role, Tony briefs and argues civil rights and criminal justice issues in federal courts of appeal nationwide.
Before joining MJC, Tony litigated civil rights cases at the trial and appellate levels, securing compensation for clients who spent decades in prison after being framed for crimes they did not commit. He also secured victories for clients who had been unconstitutionally mistreated while incarcerated.
Tony studied Engineering Science at the University of Toronto and later graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. After a stint as a patent litigator at Sidley Austin LLP, Tony gained invaluable experience through two federal clerkships: first, for Judge Manish S. Shah on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and later for Judge Ann C. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Outside of his practice, Tony serves on the Board of Directors of LAF, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago.