2021 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#5
- Health Care#19
- New York#35
At a Glance
“Helpful, caring, and smart associates and partners.”
“Interesting and challenging work.”
“Lack of clarity regarding target hours.”
“Uncertainties of making partner.”
“The rigors of BigLaw.”
About Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morgan Lewis has branched out from its Philadelphia roots to build a global network of lawyers in 31 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, investment management, structured transactions, and a variety of regulatory areas.
Philly Roots, Global Presence
Morgan Lewis was 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 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 nearly 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies, while at the same time maintaining relationships with its long-term clients.
From Labor to Energy
Practicing across the energy, financial services, health care, life sciences, retail, sports, technology, and transportation sectors, Morgan Lewis has a diverse range of experience. The firm has four core practices: corporate, finance, and investment management; IP; labor, employment, and benefits; and litigation, regulation, and investigations.
Morgan Lewis is perhaps best known for its labor and employment work. Nearly 400 of the firm’s lawyers counsel clients on a range of employment and labor issues, from benefits and ERISA to executive compensation and global employment matters and from labor relations and OSHA matters to wage and hour issues and whistleblowing—plus many more. The firm is among the top five in Vault’s Labor & Employment ranking. And the practice even has its own twitter handle: @MLWORKFORCE.
The firm also boasts an impressive energy practice, which crosses borders and practices to deliver advice for its clients’ complex issues. Morgan Lewis lawyers handle all facets of energy transactions—from development to financing to acquisition to divestiture of resources—as well as regulatory issues regarding energy. The firm has experience handling matters relating to oil and gas, electric, nuclear, and renewable energy.
Morgan Lewis contributed more than 132,000 pro bono hours in 2019 to more than 1,800 pro bono clients. Every lawyer in the firm recorded at least 20 hours to pro bono matters, with the average hours per attorney being closer to 65 hours. In addition to its year-round pro bono and community service initiatives, all 31 of Morgan Lewis' offices collaborate on an annual Community Impact Week, a global firm initiative comprising 175 community service and pro bono-related programs. More than 1,500 lawyers and staff participate in the program. The firm has five full-time lawyers running the program, including a partner who focuses exclusively on impact litigation and serves as the firm’s first senior pro bono trial lawyer.
News & Awards
The media widely covered a victory for a married same-sex couple, represented by a Morgan Lewis pro bono team, fighting to secure U.S. citizenship and a U.S. passport for their 18-month-old daughter who was born abroad. Above the Law, CNN, The Hill, Advocate, NBC Washington, The New York Times, ABC News, and Out were among the outlets covering the victories.
The American Lawyer/Litigation Daily featured partner Chai Feldblum in a July 2020 Q&A for her efforts in helping create the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 30 years ago. The ADA has changed the way companies in the United States do business and is front-and-center during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Washington Post profiled partner Grace Speights, the leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice in a July 2020 article. In the profile, Grace discusses how her broad experience defending companies against workplace discrimination claims has positioned her as a go-to resource for companies looking to create more diverse and inclusive workspaces. The article also details how the current social movement for racial justice is prompting corporate America to make sure it is accountable.
Firm Chair Jami McKeon spoke with The American Lawyer for a May 2020 Q&A, "Morgan Lewis Chair Credits Diversified Practice, Good Fortune for Forestalling Cuts." In the article, Jami discusses the firm's seamless transition to a remote working environment, how maintaining a wide practice focus during a pandemic allows for continued exceptional client service, and what lessons can be taken once the crisis subsides.
- Precedent-setting $1.5 million jury trial win for Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in #MeToo case, a “moral clause” verdict that justified PBS’ decision to suspend former talk show host Tavis Smiley.
- Advised Airon Corp., a privately held company specializing in high-tech pneumatic life support products, in partnering with GE Healthcare to help with life-sustaining COVID-19 relief efforts.
- Secured a $268 million award for the Alfred E. Mann Foundation in a 2020 affirmance by the Federal Circuit, culminating a 12-year patent infringement dispute.
- Represented Liberty Property Trust in its 2019 $12.6 billion sale to Prologis Inc.
- Litigation Department of the Year – Intellectual Property, 2019—The American Lawyer
- No. 1 Innovation Champion, 2019—BTI Legal Innovation and Technology Outlook
- Outstanding D&I Program for Health and Well-Being—Private Practice, Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards USA, 2019—Chambers & Partners
- Most Recognized by General Counsel, 2012-2020—BTI Brand Elite
- A-List Law Firm, 2020— The American Lawyer
1701 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 963-5000
Chair of the Firm: Jami Wintz McKeon
Firmwide Hiring Partner: Christina Edling Melendi
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
2K - 2.5K
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $36,500/10-week summer
Senior Director, Associate Talent
See firm website for more information.
No. of U.S. Offices: 17
No. of International Offices: 14
Century City, CA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Wilmington, DE I Abu Dhabi
Antitrust & Competition
Corporate & Business Transactions
Labor, Employment, & Benefits
Project Finance, Infrastructure, & Natural Resources
Telecommunications, Media, & Technology
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.