Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Respectful partners”
  • “Culture among associates”
  • “Interesting work”

Downers

  • “The lack of transparency”
  • “Discretionary bonuses”
  • “Unpredictable hours”

The Buzz

  • “Good labor practice”
  • “Very capable attorneys”
  • “Too big”
  • “Punishing”

About Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis has branched out from its Philadelphia roots to build an international network of lawyers reaching from Boston to Beijing and San Francisco to Dubai. Today, Morgan Lewis's strengths include litigation, labor and employment, employee benefits, intellectual property, energy, and a variety of regulatory areas.

From Brotherly Love to Global Love

Morgan Lewis recently celebrated its 140th anniversary, after being founded in Philadelphia in 1873 by Charles Eldridge Morgan, Jr., a Civil War vet, and Francis Draper Lewis, a cotton merchant's son. Ten years later, Morgan and Lewis hired Morris Rex Bockius, who became a driving force behind the firm for nearly four decades.

In the early 1880s, the firm's fortunes soared when it acquired United Gas Improvement Company as a client; the company eventually grew into the largest gas and electricity operation in the United States and remains a Morgan Lewis client to this day. Based largely on the profile it built from representing United Gas, Morgan Lewis brought key large East Coast newspapers, railroads, paper companies, rail companies, and financial institutions into the fold in the ensuing decades. The firm has expanded beyond its long-held East Coast clients and now represents more than half of the Fortune 100 companies, while at the same time maintaining relationships with its long-term clients.

The firm's geographic reach continued to grow over the course of the 20th Century. In 2013, the firm undertook a major West Coast expansion, with the addition of 150 new attorneys and three new California offices. The firm also expanded in Texas, solidifying its presence in Houston and Dallas; in the Midwest with a Chicago office; and on the East Coast in Boston. In recent years, Morgan Lewis has pursued a more global approach to growth, steadily establishing significant operations in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Dubai, adding to its long-standing presence in China, Japan, and Europe. Now, the firm is one of the largest law firms in the world, and the largest in the United States, through combinations with Bingham McCutchen and the Stamford Law Corporation, which offer clients global access to broad capabilities across a comprehensive spectrum of services and industries addressing virtually every aspect of corporate operations.

Impacting the Community

Annually, Morgan Lewis holds its Community Impact Week, a global firm initiative comprising 150 community service and pro bono-related programs in Morgan Lewis offices and communities around the world. More than 1,500 lawyers and staff participated in the 2016 program, "Supporting Education," which provided lawyers and staff with volunteer and educational opportunities, including a robust slate of clinics, legal trainings, and presentations regarding the importance of education and serving local communities across the globe.

MLB and MLB

The firm's site is now.morganlewis.com, but it was the original owner of the domain MLB.com, which it registered in 1994. Perhaps fortuitously, MLB the law firm was the outside counsel for another famous MLB-Major League Baseball. In 2000 the firm gifted the league the MLB.com domain name. And the connections between the two MLBs don't end there. In 1998 MLB commissioner Bud Seilg hired to Morgan Lewsi partners, Rob Manfred Frank Coonelly, to serve as in-house labor relations counsel. Manfred would eventually take Selig's job as commissioner when he retired in 2015 and Coonelly is now the President of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

IN THE NEWS

May 2016
Diversity Leadership

In 2016, the firm launched the Diversity Leadership Program (DLP), a partnership between Morgan Lewis and two clients. The goal of the DLP is to bolster the career development of associates of color and LGBT associates by giving them opportunities to interact directly with clients through pro bono clinic projects, spending half a day shadowing senior in-house lawyers, and through various social and substantive activities. The program strengthens the diversity efforts of all three organizations, provides additional mentoring for diverse associates, and enables us to meaningfully impact the local community by providing legal services to underserved groups.

Technology May-rathon

The firm hosted its sixth annual Tech May-rathon, a month-long series of more than 20 global programs focused on the critical issues and developments affecting businesses in the technology industry or any company facing technology-related legal issues-from emerging companies to leading multinational corporations. Programming featured subject experts from across the firm as well as executives from the tech industry who convened online and at Morgan Lewis offices around the world to share insight into critical topics such as hacking, copyright infringement, telehealth, encryption, and radio frequency spectrum and EU data regulation.

December 2015
Pep in Their Step

Morgan Lewis served as legal advisor to The Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack, one of the nation's leading automotive aftermarket service and retail chains-in its sale to Icahn Enterprises L.P. Following a bidding war, the all-cash transaction was worth more than $1 billion in aggregate equity value.

September 2015
SCOTUS and the Rule of Law

Morgan Lewis and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer for an exclusive discussion exploring the meaning of the "Rule of Law," held in Philadelphia's historic Congress Hall. Following his address, Justice Breyer served as a panelist with Morgan Lewis Singapore office managing partner Suet-Fern Lee, a World Justice Project board member, and the former magistrate in the Administrative Tribunal of Tunisia, for in-depth dialogue about the meaning and application of the rule of law as it relates to various regions of the world.

"Smart Key" to Success

Morgan Lewis successfully represented Toyota in the trial of a putative class action regarding one of the popular advances in automotive technology in the last decade. During the trial, a Morgan Lewis team established that the automaker's "Smart Key" technology, available in many of its vehicles, fully complied with all applicable federal standards.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

1701 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 963-5000

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Jami Wintz McKeon
  • Hiring Partner (Firmwide): Christina Edling Melendi
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,890

  • Employment Contact

    Firmwide
    Lindsay Callantine
    Director of Firmwide Attorney Recruiting
    (215) 963-5105
    Lindsay.callantine@morganlewis.com

    Recruiting contacts for all other offices at morganlewis.com/careers.


  • Base Salary

    Miami; Pittsburgh 1st year: $145,000

    All other U.S. Offices
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $30,800/summer


  • Summer Associate Offers
    56 out of 57(2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust
    Corporate & Business Transactions
    eData
    Employee Benefits
    Energy
    FDA
    Finance
    Healthcare
    Intellectual Property
    Investment Management
    Labor & Employment
    Litigation
    Morgan Lewis Consulting
    Personal Law
    Structured Transactions
    Tax
    Telecommunications, Media & Tech
    Washington Strategic Government Relations and Counseling

Major Office Locations

  • Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Asatana, Kazakhstan
  • Beijing, China Boston, MA
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Hartford, CT
  • Houston, TX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Moscow, Russia
  • New York, NY
  • Orange County, CA
  • Paris, France Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Princeton, NJ
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
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