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Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP

Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP

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Main Office:
1701 Market Street, | Philadelphia | PA | 19103-2921
Phone: 215-963-5000  | Fax: 215-963-5001 

Year of establishment 1873 Number of Partners 486
Number of offices 24 Partner:associate ratio 0.70
Larget office Philadelphia percent women attorneys 39.30
Number of attorneys 1361 percent minority attorneys 13.30
Number of associates 745 percent gay attorneys 1.10
Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP


Morgan Lewis was founded in Philadelphia on March 10, 1873 by Charles Eldridge Morgan, Jr., a Civil War veteran, and Francis Draper Lewis, the son of a successful cotton merchant. In 1883, Morgan & Lewis hired Morris Rex Bockius, who dominated the firm from the turn of the century until his death in 1939. He became a partner fifteen years after he joined the firm, which became Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. In 1882, the firm began to handle work for the United Gas Improvement Company, which became the largest gas and electric utility company in the United States, and (as UGI) is still a client today. That was the beginning of a boom: By the end of the 19th century and into the 20th, Morgan Lewis counseled many leading companies including Philadelphia’s largest newspaper, Pennsylvania’s largest railroad, a major paper manufacturer, banks and trust companies, and the largest manufacturer of steam locomotives in the world. Since those nascent days, Morgan Lewis has evolved into a global law firm with some 1,400 lawyers in 26 offices in major cities across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. We are consistently ranked among the world’s leading law firms because we deliver effective solutions. Our clients rely on the firm to guide them through all of their legal needs, from significant business decisions to the most complex global deals and litigation.

Notable cases

  • Morgan Lewis served as legal advisor to Pearson on its acquisition of Author Solutions, Inc., a premier provider of self-publishing services.
  • Morgan Lewis has advised Hong Kong-based private equity firm Sprint Capital Management Limited on acquisition of Kazakh Potash Business. Kazakhstan Fertilisers Group Pte Ltd entered into an agreement with Satimola Ltd to acquire Satbor LLP, a potash mining and exploration business in Kazakhstan.

Awards and recognitions

Morgan Lewis has been recognized with numerous awards as a law firm. Also, its attorneys are no less, as they have been recognized by international awards.

The firm has been named top in Mid-Atlantic - 2012 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.
More than 140 Morgan Lewis Lawyers have been included in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Three partners have received a 2012 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award.
Also, two of its partners have received California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award in 2004, 2005, 2006.
Morgan Lewis has been ranked as one of the "Most Prestigious Firms"- 2008 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.
The firm has also been ranked highest in the Philadelphia region in Corporate Board Member survey of America's best corporate lawyers.
Morgan Lewis has been ranked among the top 10 US law firms with the best growth prospects in BTI Consulting Group's survey (2008).


Morgan Lewis has kept diverse team of attorneys as its core value. The firm draws upon the strengths of knowledgeable and skilled individuals who represent a variety of viewpoints, experiences and backgrounds.

Morgan Lewis has been recognized for its Diversity efforts by a number of organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In 2012 and for the third year in a row, the firm was named one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality". Morgan Lewis attributes this success to its perfect score on the organization's Corporate Equality Index.

Summer associate program

The summer program comes with a unique Summer Associate Kickoff program where Morgan Lewis brings together firm leaders and summer associates from all domestic offices.

The kickoff provides opportunities for summer associates to interact with attorneys across offices and practice groups, and to meet with firm leaders. The program is also designed to introduce summer associates to firm operations, training initiatives, and to learn how to get engaged and succeed as a Morgan Lewis summer associate.

The associates get to learn about diverse practice, firm culture, and get to know people in the firm.

Working for the Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP

There are some positives to work at Morgan Lewis, like collegial working atmosphere, commitment to pro bono and generous compensation, while some believe that limited prospects for partnership in the firm, not equally distributed workload and requirement of 24X7-availability are possible drawbacks of working there.

However, Morgan Lewis maintains an environment that helps its lawyers and professionals balance family care, client service, and firm commitments.


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