Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Work opportunities and broad practice areas”
  • “Early investment in the training and development of associates”
  • “Clear career path for self-starters who work hard!”

Downers

  • “Lack of transparency in promotions to partner”
  • “Subjective bonus compensation”
  • “No financial incentive to do business development”

The Buzz

  • “Employment law powerhouse”
  • “Top tax group”
  • “Philly firm”
  • “Crazy hours”

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 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. 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.

New Leadership

In October 2014, Jami Wintz McKeon became the first female chair of the firm, making Morgan Lewis the largest law firm in the world led 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

May 2015

Connecting Women
Morgan Lewis Firm Chair Jami Wintz McKeon was one of only 22 leaders in the United States chosen to participate in the annual Global Women's Mentoring Partnership program facilitated by the U.S. State Department and Fortune magazine. During the program, Morgan Lewis hosted emerging-leader mentee Marjorie Chorro de Trigueros of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic & Social Development. The celebrated public-private partnership, now in its 10th year, connects women leaders from around the world with Fortune's Most Powerful Women across business, government and academia to encourage the next generation of women to bring positive change to their companies and communities.

March 2015

Nǐhǎo!
Morgan Lewis and Singapore's Stamford Law Corporation joined forces to create the only fully integrated firm in Singapore that can practice across all legal service areas. The combination established a business transactions, litigation and arbitration powerhouse to serve clients with strategic interests in Singapore and across the expanding Asian marketplace. Morgan Lewis now has major Asian offices in Beijing, Singapore and Tokyo. Singapore is widely recognized as the leading arbitration hub in Asia and the preferred base for international law firms as well as corporate counsel of multi-national corporations within Southeast Asia and South Asia.

A Friend of Equality
Morgan Lewis filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of nearly 400 employers, urging the nation's highest court to consider the burdens imposed on both employers and employees by the current fractured legal landscape on same-sex marriage. The amicus curiae brief was filed in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, and it pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm a uniform principle for all 50 states that all couples share in the right to marry. The 379 companies who submitted the brief range from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies and are evenly distributed across many of the United States' most important industries, including technology, finance, sports, healthcare and retail.

January 2015

Retiring Old Precedent
A Morgan Lewis team scored a major victory for employers when the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling in M&G Polymers v. Tackett, unanimously rejected a decades-old precedent involving vesting of retiree healthcare benefits. The decision restored a level playing field in benefits litigation nationwide. Speaking for the Court, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, "When a contract is silent as to the duration of retiree benefits, a court may not infer that the parties intended those benefits to vest for life." In agreeing with the firm's appellate team, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Sixth Circuit's Yard-Man presumption that had guided pension law for decades.

November 2014

Welcome to Your New Home
Morgan Lewis welcomed 226 partners and more than 525 other lawyers, legal professionals and staff from Bingham McCutchen. With this addition, Morgan Lewis established an even stronger presence along the East and West coasts of the United States, including new offices in Santa Monica, California and Hartford, Connecticut, and a greatly expanded presence in Asia with a major office in Tokyo to complement the firm's strong presence in Beijing.

May 2014

Big Deal in Big Pharma
In a blockbuster pharmaceutical and biotechnology deal, Morgan Lewis served as one of Merck's primary legal advisers in the sale of Merck Consumer Care business to Bayer AG for $14.2 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Bayer AG acquired Merck's existing over-the-counter business, including the global trademark and prescription rights for Claritin and Afrin. Merck also announced a worldwide clinical development collaboration with Bayer to market and develop a novel class of compounds to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, a disease that affects millions. Lawyers from the firm's Corporate Business Transactions, Finance and Antitrust practice groups worked on this mega transaction.

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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
  • Chair: Jami Wintz McKeon
  • Hiring Partner (Firmwide): Rahul Kapoor
  • Christina Edling Melendez (Firmwide Deputy)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,877

  • Employment Contact
    Boston
    Lindsey Burke Higgins
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (617) 951-8875
    E-mail: lindsey.higgins & morganlewis.com Chicago
    Melissa Hertko
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (312) 324-1729
    E-mail: mhertko@morganlewis.com Dallas
    Jamie Harper
    Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (713) 594-3161
    E-mail: DAattorneyrecruiting@morganlewis.com Houston
    Jamie Harper
    Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (713) 594-3161
    E-mail: HOattorneyrecruiting@morganlewis.com Los Angeles/Orange County
    Laura Lau
    Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (213) 612-7288
    E-mail: LAAttorneyRecruiting@morganlewis.com Miami
    Dinah Ruiz
    Administrative Services Coordinator
    Phone: (305) 415-3412
    E-mail: miamirecruiting@morganlewis.com New York/Boston
    Jennifer Fox
    Senior Manager of Attorney Relations and Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 309-6933
    E-mail: jfox@morganlewis.com Philadelphia/Princeton
    Hillary A. Gruner
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (215) 963-5076
    E-mail: hgruner@morganlewis.com Pittsburgh
    Loreen A. Lubin
    Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (412) 560-3345
    E-mail: llubin@morganlewis.com San Francisco/Silicon Valley
    Heli Moberg
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (650) 843-7830
    E-mail: hmoberg @morganlewis.com Washington, DC
    Janell Mallard
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (202) 739-5511
    E-mail: walegalrecruiting@morganlewis.com

  • Base Salary
    Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Princeton, NJ; San Francisco, CA; Silicon Valley, CA and Washington, DC
    1st year:  $160,000
    Summer associate:  $30,800/summer

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

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

  • Summer Associate Offers
    52 out of 59 (2014)

  • 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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