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At a Glance

Uppers

“Work-life balance, collegiality, compensation. Big firm work, but not doing New York firm culture.”

“Collaborative culture and willingness of attorneys (and partners) to work with others regardless of physical location.”

Downers

“The constant pressure to bill, stress associated with representing demanding clients, and the lack of personal ‘free time.’”

“No additional bonuses for extraordinary billing, and outdated office space.”

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.

Big Impact

Morgan Lewis contributed more than 137,432 pro bono hours in 2020 to more than 2,100 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 66 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

NOTABLE CASES
  • Morgan Lewis secured a historic settlement for Black families combating nearly a century of government-sponsored segregation in Baltimore—using funds to launch our ML Foundation granting scholarships to  promising law students.
  • Morgan Lewis filed an amicus brief for 379 employers in the landmark Obergefell US Supreme Court case that recognized the constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
  • Morgan Lewis represented the US Soccer Federation in collective bargaining, culminating in first-of-their-kind equal pay agreements for the women’s and men’s national teams.
  • Morgan Lewis secured the right to lawful US citizenship for the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) soldiers and veterans through litigation against the US government and is now funding a two-year, full-time legal fellowship to guide the naturalization process. 
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • A-List Law Firm, The American Lawyer (2018–2023)
  • Most Prestigious Firms, Vault Guide to Top 100 Law Firms (2014–2024)
  • Mansfield Certification Plus, Diversity Lab (2019–2023)
  • Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality, Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index (2024) | Recognized since 2009
  • Best Law Firms for Women, 2020–2023 Seramount
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

2222 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 963-5000

Firm Stats

Chair of the Firm: Jami Wintz McKeon
Firmwide Hiring Partner: Jennifer Breen
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
2K - 2.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
25

Base Salary

All offices:
1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $235,000
3rd year: $260,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $365,000
6th year: $390,000
7th year: $420,000
8th year Undisclosed
Summer Associate: $4,326/week

Employment Contact

Lani Walser
Chief Associate Talent Officer
(213) 680-6618
noelani.walser@morganlewis.com
Recruiting contacts for all offices at morganlewis.com/careers

No. of U.S. Offices: 18

No. of International Offices: 15

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Century City, CA
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
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE
Abu Dhabi
Almaty
Astana
Beijing
Brussels
Dubai
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
London
Munich
Paris
Shanghai
Shenzhen
Singapore
Tokyo

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Banking
Corporate & Business Transactions
Crisis Management
eData
Energy & Project Development
Finance
FDA & Healthcare
Intellectual Property
Investment Management
Labor, Employment & Benefits
Life Sciences
Litigation
Structured Transactions
Tax
Telecommunications, Media & Technology
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.