Morgan Lewis
Chicago Office

Chicago Office

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77 West Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601-5094
United States
Phone: +1.312.324.1000
Fax: +1.312.324.1001

Our Chicago office was established in 2003 and now houses more than 60 legal professionals. We offer a broad range of services related to litigation, corporate, and securities matters; complex domestic and international tax and business planning; and employment and benefit issues. Our Chicago lawyers include a former Securities and Exchange Commission director, a former federal prosecutor, numerous leading labor and employment lawyers, and several lawyers with scientific and engineering backgrounds, who assist clients with their intellectual property needs.


Our Chicago litigators work in concert with hundreds of Morgan Lewis lawyers in our worldwide Litigation Practice to offer clients advice in and out of the courtroom on a wide range of matters. We routinely represent clients in high-stakes cases involving allegations of financial fraud, as well as in securities regulatory and commercial litigation matters, insurance recovery, environmental matters, product liability, property damage, and business interruption litigation. We have several Chicago lawyers who regularly handle class action lawsuits for banks, consumer service providers, and product manufacturers in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

A critical component of our Litigation Practice is our Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice, which, for decades, has represented financial institutions, public companies, and senior executives in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings conducted by government and self-regulatory bodies. Our practice includes several former SEC lawyers—including the former director of the SEC’s Chicago regional office—as well as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney. They are bolstered by our regulatory colleagues throughout the firm.

Morgan Lewis also has long defended leading companies in high-stakes product liability and toxic and mass tort litigation. We were among the original participants in asbestos property damage litigation, which was critical in developing current class-action law. We defend clients in serial litigation, multiplaintiff claims, and other cases that may involve a relatively small number of plaintiffs but that pose significant risks for the client.

Workforce Issues

Our Employee Benefits Practice provides risk transfer and consulting services to many financial institutions and privately held companies. Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) team is among the largest dedicated to this area in the United States. Our Labor and Employment Practice represents clients in discrimination, employee benefits, trade secret, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), wage and hour, and union/company litigation and counseling matters.

Our team is particularly active in assisting companies with matters related to workforce change, such as reductions in force, as well as high-stakes Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, including cases involving retiree health benefits and victories in post- Enron stock-drop cases. Our team defends employers in other complex litigation matters, including significant wage and hour collective actions and employment discrimination class actions by private counsel, as well as pattern and practice claims brought by the U.S. government. Our Chicago-based labor and employment team was ranked in band 1 of Chambers USA (2013).

Investment Management

Morgan Lewis’s Investment Management Practice provides the full spectrum of legal services to clients located around the world. We represent a broad range of financial services entities, including investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers, venture capital and hedge funds, banks and trust companies, insurance companies, pension plans, pension consultants, transfer agents, and other industry participants. We offer advice regarding a broad range of Dodd-Frank and Commodity Futures Trading Commission registration-related issues. Lawyers in our Chicago office also serve as counsel to exchanges and clearing organizations, banks, investment managers, brokerage firms, and end users in connection with exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivative instruments. In addition, we represent foreign exchanges and clearing houses in their U.S. offerings of futures and equity options products and derivatives clearing activities.

Corporate and Tax Matters

Our corporate and tax team, which is part of our Business and Finance Practice, represents major corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, around the world. We assist our clients in mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, restructurings, spin- offs, joint ventures and partnerships, securities regulations, private equity and venture capital transactions, and general corporate and securities counseling. We provide comprehensive tax representation, including planning and implementation across a range of tax and capital markets–oriented areas.

This practice also provides ESOP advice and consulting services to many financial institutions and privately held companies. We counsel lenders on the unique issues raised by ESOP lending and in negotiating and documenting ESOP loans. We assist lenders engaged in ESOP transactions in matters ranging from simple working-capital revolvers to complex management buyouts or private equity transactions.

Intellectual Property

Clients, particularly those in the life sciences, who turn to our firm’s Chicago office for assistance in intellectual property matters are served by a team that features lawyers with advanced academic degrees in such disciplines as microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry, and cell biology. Our lawyers concentrate on such matters as the acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property rights, the design and implementation of global intellection property matters, and the valuation of patent portfolios. We also advise clients regarding freedom-to-operate opinions, patent prosecution, and patent counseling. The leader of our Chicago Intellectual Property team has represented clients before various courts and administrative agencies and in private mediation and arbitration.