Leading Big Law

Jami Wintz McKeon

When alumna Jami Wintz McKeon ’81 was elected to lead Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, one of the nation's largest law firms, she not only made news—she made history. As the firm’s first woman chair, McKeon joins the small group of women—including Nina Gussack ‘79, the former Chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP—who have led major US law firms.

McKeon’s five-year term as chair begins in October 2014, after a one-year transition. As chair of Morgan Lewis, she will lead more than 1,600 legal professionals—including lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists and other specialists—in 25 global offices.

McKeon currently heads Morgan Lewis's 400-lawyer litigation practice group and has been instrumental in its overseas growth, particularly in London and Moscow, and its expansion in California. Her practice focuses on complex litigation, including class actions, and civil and regulatory proceedings, particularly in the financial services and technology industries. McKeon has led teams in bank-related investigations and litigation, including those stemming from mortgage, credit card and trust issues.

During her time at VLS, McKeon was on the Editorial Board of the Villanova Law Review and was inducted as a Member of the Order of the Coif. She is a member of a noteworthy graduating class (1981) that also includes Doris Brogan, former Interim Dean and current Professor of Law at VLS; Jim Brogan, managing partner of DLA Piper’s Philadelphia office; Sara Lee Keller, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Clear Channel Outdoor; Jeffrey Moorad, sports executive and former owner of the San Diego Padres; Roberta Pichini, award-winning trial lawyer and the first woman president of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL); Kathleen Wilkinson, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; and Tom Wilkinson, former President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Click here to read the Philadelphia Inquirer profile of Jami Wintz McKeon.