honors + affiliations
Member, American Bar Association
Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
Former Chair, Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association
Faculty Advisory Board Member, Academy of Advocacy
Editorial Board, Villanova Law Review
Member, Order of the Coif
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America
Named in the "Top 75 Women Litigators," Daily Journal (2008)
Listed, Northern California Super Lawyer (2006-2007)
- New York
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Numerous Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal
Jami Wintz McKeon is the practice group leader of Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. She is responsible for the strategic and day-to-day operation of the Litigation Practice across each of the firm's offices. Ms. McKeon has more than 25 years of experience in complex commercial cases, including business disputes, fraud litigation, class action cases, and internal investigations. She frequently represents clients in litigation arising from or related to business combinations, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestitures. Ms. McKeon has substantial experience in handling cases and counseling clients on litigation issues in the financial services and technology industries. She has handled cases on both the defense and plaintiffs’ side and has obtained sizeable verdicts in multiple cases, including obtaining a $25 million trial verdict for a plaintiff in a breach of contract and fraud case arising from the $2 billion purchase of a subprime mortgage platform. Ms. McKeon also handles complex bankruptcy litigation and has represented both debtors and creditors in major bankruptcy matters.
Ms. McKeon served two terms on the firm's Advisory Board and is a member of the firm's Compensation Committee. She has been honored in both 2008 and 2009 as one of the “Top Women Litigators” in California, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and was recognized by The American Lawyer in the category of Best Lawyers - Commercial Litigation. Ms. McKeon is a frequent instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and other national and regional advocacy programs for beginning and experienced lawyers. She is also a frequent speaker in continuing legal education and other programs directed at attorneys and clients, and she is active in professional organizations and community affairs.
Ms. McKeon was a presenter at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Conference on "Implementation and Management of Fixed Fee and Other Alternative Billing Arrangements" and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal and other publications on the subject of alternative fee arrangements.
Ms. McKeon began her career at Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia in 1981. She played an active role in the expansion of the firm's practice on the West Coast and relocated to California in 2004, where she continues her national practice.
Ms. McKeon is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal district courts and courts of appeal. She is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania, California, and New York.
- Represented the largest creditor as trial counsel in two contested matters and an adversary proceeding brought in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado, relating to the heritage retiree health care costs to be paid as part of the disputed Chapter 11 proceeding of the nation's largest independent coal company.
- Represented a group of health and retirement trust funds in the District of Colorado and Eastern District of Kentucky bankruptcy proceedings for Westmoreland Coal Company and Horizon Natural Resources.
Real Estate and Mortgage Litigation
- Represented one of the country's largest national banks as trial counsel in a case brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware alleging fraud and breach of contract in connection with the sale of residual interests in residential mortgage-backed securitizations.
- Represented a nationally known residential mortgage company in connection with its efforts to respond to changes in the legal and regulatory landscape caused by increased defaults and foreclosures.
- Represented a mortgage lender in connection with a series of putative class actions relating to consumer credit practices.
- Represented a big four accounting firm as trial counsel in a case brought in Pinellas County, Florida alleging breach of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary in connection with the firm's engagement by a subprime automobile lender.
- Obtained a rare, mid-trial defense verdict for a technology client in a corporate opportunity and business tort action in Minnesota state court, which was later ranked on the National Law Journal's "Defense Hot List."
- Villanova University School of Law, 1981, J.D.
- Pennsylvania State University, 1978, B.A.