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Our Survey Says

VAULT'S VERDICT:

Morgan Lewis is tough to beat as a destination for associates for many reasons, especially firm culture, attorney relations, training, diversity, and pro bono. The firm looks beyond the usual metrics for hiring, and specifically emphasizes prior work experience, personality, and diversity. Firm settings are collegial and collaborative, and social activities do not infringe on people’s time. Partners value associates and treat them as equals, which contributes to everyone feeling like part of the same team. Formal training is thorough, with CLEs, webinars, and offsite academies, with additional hands-on training coming from engaged mentors. Lateral hires feel welcomed and valued, just like other associates. Lean staffing means associates get the full range of experiences, from document review to client contact, all of which are meaningful and challenging. Work is distributed evenly through an assignment coordinator, though good work product often means repeat assignments with certain partners or clients. Associates report billable hour requirements of 1,900 to 2,000 hours, a manageable amount. Compensation follows market rates regardless of office location, and both technology and IT support at home or in the office are excellent. A wellness team and an online portal, MLWell, support a host of wellness services and programs. Pro bono is a Morgan Lewis highlight, with all attorneys completing at least 20 hours a year and unlimited hours counting toward billables. The firm also scores well for diversity through affinity groups, hiring, retention, billable hour credits, and general ethos. A career coach helps Morgan Lewis associates navigate prospects for making partner (which are good), being promoted to counsel, or finding outside options in-house or with the government.

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: Christina Edling Melendi
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
2K - 2.5K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
25

Base Salary

All offices:
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year $415,000
Summer Associate: $4134/week

Employment Contact

Noelani Walser
Senior Director, Associate Talent
(213) 680-6618
noelani.walser@morganlewis.com
See firm website for more information.

No. of U.S. Offices: 18

No. of International Offices: 13

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
Beijing
Brussels
Dubai
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
London
Nur-Sultan
Paris
Shanghai
Singapore
Tokyo

Major Departments

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