How Morgan Lewis Plans To Maintain A “Common Culture” Amid New Growth
Mar. 25, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Jami McKeon, Chair at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, talks with Aric Press about how the firm is handling the addition of more than 750 personnel from Bingham McCutchen and a merger with Singaporean law firm Stamford Law Corporation. Having recently added enough headcount to be counted as the largest law firm in the United States, McKeon stresses the importance for the firm to maintain a unified culture going forward. Asked how this focus on culture can be reconciled with Morgan Lewis’s traditional strength in the management of individual practice groups, McKeon seems to note a split between business management and the practice of law. “We don’t measure and reward people based on their individualized contribution to profitability because you want each of your partners, each of your lawyers, to be doing what’s right for the client and what’s right for the firm,” she says. McKeon also talks about how Morgan Lewis relies heavily on a business management team that works with the firm’s lawyers and clients to help explain the underlying economics of their work.