Morgan Lewis changes department leaders as female lawyer prepares for chairmanship

Jami Wintz McKeon has given up her role as leader of the global litigation practice at Morgan Lewis to prepare for a bigger job—as chairman of the law firm.

The law firm announced last fall that McKeon is taking over the chairmanship from Francis Milone, who has been chairman since 1999. The change, set to take effect on Oct. 1, is resulting in a leadership shuffle, the Legal Intelligencer (sub. req.) reports.

J. Gordon Cooney Jr., managing partner of the firm’s Philadelphia office, will now lead the firm’s litigation practice. Taking his place is Timothy Levin, an investment management and securities industry partner.

In a Q and A, McKeon told Above the Law last fall that the most important characteristic for a lawyer in her field is good judgment. “It’s the most important thing to have and the hardest thing to teach,” she said.

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