Morgan Lewis elects first female chair

Philadelphia’s Morgan Lewis & Bockius will be run by a woman for the first time next year, with litigation chief Jami McKeon elected to replace longstanding chief Francis Milone. 

The news was announced earlier this month after the firm voted McKeon in to replace Milone, who has led Morgan Lewis since 1999.

McKeon, who joined the firm in 1981, currently manages the firm’s global litigation practice which comprises 700 litigators across 25 offices. She has led teams in bank-related investigations and litigation, including those stemming from mortgage, credit card and trust issues.

According to the firm, McKeon was also instrumental in growing the firm’s litigation practice in both London and Moscow. Morgan Lewis launched in Russia when the whole of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Moscow office joined the firm in May last year (4 May 2012), following a number of Dewey colleagues in London including managing partner Peter Sharp and fellow litigation partners David Waldron and Nick Greenwood. 

“Our firm will be led by a partner who is full of compassion, good judgment, and wisdom, and we will be in good hands,” commented Milone. ”I look forward to working side by side with Jami as she transitions to the leadership of our firm.” 

McKeon begins her five-year term next October after a one-year transition.