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McKeon Hits Major Milestone as Second-Term Morgan Lewis Chair

Jami McKeon McKeon will kick off new term as firm’s leader “I can’t make this a job where you don’t work hard,” she says Morgan Lewis & Bockius chair Jami McKeon is on the cusp of starting a new term as the head of one of the nation’s highest-earning firms, tasked with keeping it successful in a ferociously competitive legal market while balancing growing demands that firms make Big Law less stressful. As she kicks off her next five-year stint, she is building on a list of accomplishments in an area that’s been one of her top priorities, diversity. The first big diversity related announcement of her second term will be that firm is promoting 18 women to partner on Oct. 1., which McKeon said makes up 60 percent of the firm’s partnership class. Coincidentally, Oct.1 is also the first day of her new term. Since January, Morgan Lewis has added 15 female lateral partners, 45 percent of the total senior attorneys the firm has hired from other firms, the government or other entities. Overall, 40 percent of the firm’s lawyers are women, and 26 percent of its partners are women. Last year, the firm promoted 16 out of 30 partners, the best gender record among the top 15 Big Law firms by revenue, according to a Bloomberg Law analysis . She is among only a handful of women who have had the opportunity to lead major law firms. Faiza Saeed is presiding partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, […]

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