Villanovans at the Top

Three Headshots

A Villanova Law education prepares you to be not only a great lawyer, but also a great leader. And we’ve got the alumni to prove it. Take Jami Wintz McKeon VLS ’81, who will be at the helm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, a global law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, when she becomes chair in October. She will lead more than 1,600 legal professionals—including lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists and other specialists—in 25 global offices in her new role.

When it came time to appoint her replacement as head of the firm’s 450-lawyer litigation department, Morgan Lewis tapped Gordon Cooney VLS ’84 as her successor and turned to Timothy Levin VLS ’95 to fill Cooney’s role as managing partner of the Philadelphia office. The promotions result in a Villanova alumni leadership trifecta at one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious law firms.

Morgan Lewis isn’t the only Big Law firm with Villanova alumni at the helm. Other graduates who can be found in leadership positions at top law firms include:

  • Wendy J. Bracaglia ’81 – Managing Attorney of the King of Prussia office, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin
  • James M. Brogan ’81 – Managing Partner of the Philadelphia Office, DLA Piper USA
  • Julia D. Corelli ’84 – Vice Chair, Executive Committee, Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Thomas M. Gallagher ’89—immediate past Vice Chair and current member, Executive Committee, Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Richard L. Goldstein ’80 – Managing Attorney of the Cherry Hill office,  Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin
  • Nina M. Gussack ’79 - immediate past Chair, Executive Committee, Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Michael J. Heller '89  - Chief Executive Officer, Cozen O’Connor
  • Alan J. Hoffman ’73 – Chairman and Managing Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Mark A. Kearney ’87 – Managing Shareholder, Elliott Greenleaf
  • Jeffrey A. Lutsky ’82 – Managing Partner, Stradley Ronon
  • Vincent P. McGuinness '81 - Managing Partner, Cozen O’Connor
  • Patrick J. O’Connor ’67 - Vice Chairman, Cozen O'Connor 
  • Albert J. Solecki, Jr. ’90 – Chair of the New York office, Goodwin Procter
  • Edward P. Welch ’76 – Head of the Wilmington office, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

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