The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012
Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2013
Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2012)
Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012)
Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey
honors + affiliations
Member, American Bar Association, Labor Section
Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
Member, American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section
Member, American Bar Association, Labor Section, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (1995–2011)
Recipient, award for "Best Lawyer," Corporate Counsel Magazine
Listed, Who's Who Legal (2005) - Labour and Employment
Listed, Guide to the World's Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers 2007 (Expert Guides)
- U.S. Supreme Court
Francis M. Milone is chair of the firm and a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. He has served as chair since 1999 and, in April 2009, was re-elected to an additional five-year term commencing October 1, 2009. Under Mr. Milone's leadership, the firm has significantly expanded its national and global presence and redoubled its commitment to client service, pro bono, and diversity—three hallmarks of its history and culture.
Over the past decade, Morgan Lewis has grown to some 1,300 attorneys, building depth on both the East and West Coasts, expanding its presence in Texas and the Central United States, and continuing its commitment to Europe and Asia. Mr. Milone joined the firm in 1977 as an associate and was elected to the partnership in 1981. He is a nationally known labor and employment lawyer with experience handling jury and nonjury trials. He served as manager of the Labor and Employment Practice from 1995 to 1997, served on the firm’s Governing Board, and served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 1997 until his election as chair in 1999.
Mr. Milone has represented corporate clients in jury and nonjury trials involving claims arising in the employment context, including age, race, sex, and handicap discrimination; wrongful termination; breach of contract; defamation; and claims under collective bargaining agreements, as well as in complex ERISA and other employee benefits litigation. Mr. Milone lectures frequently on a variety of labor and employment law issues, as well as on topics relating to law firm management.
Mr. Milone is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits; and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and the District of Connecticut.
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1974, J.D.
- Pennsylvania State University, 1971, M.S.
- LaSalle College, 1969, B.A.