Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP Company Profile

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 the South, 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.

New Leadership

Under the steady direction of Chair Francis M. Milone since 1999, the firm is poised for new leadership when Jami Wintz McKeon becomes Chair in October 2014.  At that time, Morgan Lewis will be the largest firm in the world to have a female chair and only one of a few in the Am Law 50 to be headed by a woman.

An "OLYMPIC" Firm

The firm is tied to the world of sports.  Now found on the web at www.morganlewis.com, the firm was the original holder of the domain name www.MLB.com. MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly are both former Morgan Lewis partners.   But the firm's connection to the world of sports does not end there.  Morgan Lewis was actively involved in the XXII Olympic Winter Games held in Sochi.  Demonstrating the firm's global reach, lawyers from across practices in the firm's Moscow office advised NBC Universal (the exclusive broadcaster of the Games) and handled a variety of other matters.

IN THE NEWS

January 2014

Leading Litigators
Law360 recognized Morgan Lewis for stellar litigation work, naming its Class Action Practice as a 2013 Practice Group of the Year.

November 2013

Advisor to Amazon
Morgan Lewis is lead counsel for Amazon.com and its subsidiaries in 13 class actions filed in eight states brought by employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act alleging that they are not compensated for time spent undergoing security screenings when leaving the worksite.  The issue of whether time spent passing through security checks may be compensable is under review by the U.S. Supreme Court in Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk.  Amazon was named a defendant in Busk and in 13 other cases, which were consolidated in November 2013. 

October 2013

First Woman Chair in Firm History
Morgan Lewis announced that the firm's partnership elected Jami Wintz McKeon to succeed Francis M. Milone as chair of the firm.  Ms. McKeon will serve a five-year term beginning October 1, 2014. Ms. McKeon, who began her legal career at Morgan Lewis in 1981 and has held many leadership positions at the firm, is the first woman to be elected chair in the firm's 140 year history.  Morgan Lewis is now the largest firm in the world to have a woman chair, and one of only a few in the Am Law 50 to be headed by a woman.

September 2013

Recognition for Death Row Representation
At its annual volunteer recognition event, the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project recognized Morgan Lewis with the Exceptional Service Award for outstanding pro bono representation to prisoners on death row. Since 1988, Morgan Lewis attorneys have devoted more than 55,000 hours of pro bono representation on behalf of individuals on death row. These representations have produced results for clients including a reduced sentence, a new sentencing hearing, a new trial and a full acquittal and release from death row.

Client Centered

Clients gave Morgan Lewis high marks in surveys conducted by BTI Consulting Group. Morgan Lewis was singled out in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2014 as a class actions and torts "powerhouse"-one of the top four firms clients seek out in class action and mass tort defense, and as a "powerhouse" firm in employment litigation-among the top five firms corporate counsel want defending their companies in complex employment litigation.

May 2013

Russian Regulatory Experts
Morgan Lewis announced in May 2013 that it advised Credit Bank of Moscow on the first subordinated Eurobond offering executed under Russia's new Basel III (Regulation 395-P) regulation. The offering was a precedent-setting deal as it was the first Eurobond offering in which the proceeds qualified as regulatory capital under the Central Bank of Russia's Regulation 395-P.  The offering was also unique in that it was executed by a privately owned bank (in Russia, deals that are the first of their kind in the market are typically executed by state-owned entities that have the benefit of close relationships with regulators).

July 2013

Middle Eastern Inroads
Morgan Lewis announced plans to open an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to provide on-the-ground, specialized services both in this global business hub and in nearby emerging markets critical to the firm's clients. The planned expansion was marked by the addition of partners Ayman A. Khaleq-a structured finance and debt capital markets lawyer in the Middle East region-and Jim Knight-a corporate and transactional lawyer with more than two decades of experience in energy and other industries. 

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Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP


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

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Francis M. Milone
  • Hiring Partner (Firmwide): Rahul Kapoor
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 1,404

  • Employment Contact

    Chicago
    Melissa Hertko
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (312) 324-1729
    Email: mhertko@morganlewis.com

    Dallas
    Kristy K. Parker
    Human Resources Coordinator
    Phone: (214) 466-4155
    Email: DAattorneyrecruiting@morganlewis.com

    Houston
    Amber L. Schaefer
    Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (713) 890-5742
    Email: HOattorneyrecruiting@morganlewis.com

    Los Angeles/Irvine
    Laura De Leon
    Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (213) 612-7288
    Email: LAAttorneyRecruiting@morganlewis.com

    Miami
    Dinah Ruiz
    Administrative Services Coordinator
    Phone: (305) 415-3412
    Email: miamirecruiting@morganlewis.com

    New York/Boston
    Jennifer Fox
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (212) 309-6933
    Email: jfox@morganlewis.com

    Philadelphia/Princeton
    Erica Gonzalez
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (215) 963-4772
    Email: egonzalez@morganlewis.com

    Pittsburgh
    Loreen A. Lubin
    Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (412) 560-3345
    Email: llubin@morganlewis.com

    San Francisco/Palo Alto
    Heli Moberg
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (650) 843-7830
    Email: hmoberg @morganlewis.com

    Washington, DC
    Janell Mallard
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (202) 739-5511
    Email: walegalrecruiting@morganlewis.com


  • Base Salary

    Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA
    1st year:  $145,000
    Summer associate:  $29,000/summer

    Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Washington, DC
    1st year:  $160,000
    Summer associate:  $30,800/summer

    Miami, FL
    1st year:  $145,000
    Summer associate:  $29,000/summer

    Princeton, NJ
    1st year:   $150,000
    Summer associate:  $29,000/summer


  • Summer Associate Offers

    50 out of 54 (2013)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust & Competition
    Business and Finance
    eData and Document Management
    Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
    Energy
    Environmental
    FCPA and Global Anti-Bribery Laws
    FDA
    Healthcare
    Intellectual Property (Patents, Trademark and Copyright)
    International Trade & Economic Sanctions
    Investment Management/Security Industry
    Labor and Employment
    Litigation
    Privacy and Data Security
    Real Estate
    Tax
    Washington Strategic Government Relations and Counseling

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Dubai
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Houston, TX
  • Irvine, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Princeton, NJ
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Almaty
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Frankfurt
  • London
  • Moscow
  • Paris
  • Tokyo
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