Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Collaborative culture”
  • “High-quality work”
  • “Partners respect work/life balance”

Downers

  • “Unpredictable workload”
  • “Undervalues nonbillable work”
  • “Partnership track lacks transparency”

About Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis has branched out from its Philadelphia roots to build an international network of lawyers in thirty offices reaching from Boston to Singapore and San Francisco to Dubai. The firm'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 was founded nearly a century and a half ago 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. It's also the largest firm in the world run by a woman, Jami Wintz McKeon.

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 two Morgan Lewis partners, Rob Manfred and 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.

Impacting the Community

Morgan Lewis contributes approximately 100,000 pro bono hours annually to over 1,200 pro bono clients.  In addition to its year-round pro bono and community service initiatives, all 30 Morgan Lewis offices collaborate on an annual Community Impact Week, a global firm initiative comprising 150 community service and pro bono-related programs. More than 1,500 lawyers and staff participated in the 2017 program, "Helping Children Thrive," which provided lawyers and staff with volunteer and educational opportunities, including a robust slate of clinics, legal trainings, and presentations regarding the importance of representing children in need.

Agile Working

The firm has most recently launched two market-leading initiatives which provide a benefit to all associates but parents in particular: Remote Working Program and Ramp Up Program.  The Remote Working Program leverages technological advancements to allow eligible associates in the firm's US and UK offices to spend one or two days weekly working remotely using equipment subsidized by the firm, while continuing to provide best-in-class client service.  The second program, Ramp Up, includes the reduction, by 25%, of the hours expectation for eligible associates during the six months following an extended leave of absence, including but not limited to Primary Caregiver Leave, with no reduction on base pay or bonus eligibility.  It also provides guidance on best practices for returning to work, managing assignments and partner expectations, and a partner mentor to serve as a confidential resource and to assist with any client or practice re-entry issues.

IN THE NEWS

April 2017
Amazonian Tax Dispute

Morgan Lewis obtained a significant victory as lead counsel on behalf of firm client Amazon.com. in a transfer pricing dispute with the Internal Revenue Service that could have left the world's largest online retailer and innovation pioneer facing over a billion dollars of additional tax liability. The dispute before the United States Tax Court was one of the largest transfer pricing cases ever litigated and the first involving e-commerce.

SCOTUS Score

Morgan Lewis secured a victory on behalf of supply chain services leader McLane Company in the US Supreme Court. The Morgan Lewis team successfully argued that the Ninth Circuit applied the incorrect standard in addressing the subpoena power of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission-a significant area of concern for employers. The issue was whether a district court's decision to quash or enforce an EEOC subpoena should be reviewed de novo, which only the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit did, or should be reviewed deferentially, which eight other circuits do. The case has been remanded for application of the appropriate deferential standard of review.

March 2017
Adding Agility

This spring, Morgan Lewis launched two innovative initiatives-Remote Working Program and Ramp Up Program.  The Remote Working Program leverages technological advancements to allow eligible associates in the firm's US and UK offices to spend one or two days weekly working remotely, while continuing to provide best-in-class client service.  The second program, Ramp Up, includes a reduced hours expectation for eligible associates during the six months following an extended leave of absence, including but not limited to Primary Caregiver Leave, with no reduction on base pay or bonus eligibility.  It also provides guidance on best practices for returning to work, managing assignments and partner expectations, and a partner mentor to serve as a confidential resource and to assist with any client or practice re-entry issues.

February 2017
Copyright Case

The firm won summary judgment on all claims for American Society for Testing and Materials in a copyright infringement action that raised cutting-edge issues relating to the intersection of copyright law and the digital era.

January 2017
Asian Expansion

Morgan Lewis expanded significantly its China corporate, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity practice with the addition of several partners in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. In Hong Kong, the firm filed an application to become a registered foreign law firm and is seeking approval with The Law Society of Hong Kong to associate with the Hong Kong solicitors' firm Luk & Partners.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Morgan Lewis lawyers represented Dr Pepper Snapple Group, a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean, in its $1.7 billion acquisition of beverage company Bai Brands LLC, one of the fastest growing beverage brands, offering a family of premium better-for-you beverages.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Jami Wintz McKeon
  • Hiring Partner (Firmwide): Christina Edling Melendi
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 1,898

  • Base Salary

    Miami; Pittsburgh; Wilmington
    1st year: $165,000

    All other U.S. Offices
    1st year: $180,000
    Summer associate: $35,000/summer


  • Summer Associate Offers
    57 out of 57 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

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

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA • Chicago, IL • Dallas, TX • Hartford, CT • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • New York, NY • Orange County, CA • Philadelphia, PA • Pittsburgh, PA • Princeton, NJ • San Francisco, CA • Santa Monica, CA • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC • Wilmington, DE Almaty • Astana • Beijing • Brussels • Dubai • Frankfurt • Hong Kong • London • Moscow • Paris • Shanghai • Singapore • Tokyo