Recognized throughout the legal profession for his work as a labor and employment lawyer, Francis M. Milone represents corporate employers in jury and nonjury trials related to wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation disputes. He also defends clients in complex Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disputes, lawsuits involving collective bargaining agreements, and other employee benefits-related litigation. Francis served as Morgan Lewis’s Chair from 1999 to 2014.
Under Francis’s leadership, Morgan Lewis grew dramatically, both in geographic reach and in range of practices, while also maintaining its steadfast commitment to client service, pro bono work, and diversity—three hallmarks of the firm’s history and culture.
Francis joined the firm in 1977 as an associate and became a partner in 1981. In addition to his tenure as chairman, he has held numerous leadership positions, including membership on the firm’s Governing Board, manager of the labor and employment practice from 1995 to 1997, and managing partner from 1997 to 1999.
Francis lectures frequently on labor and employment law issues, as well as on topics relating to law firm management.
LaSalle University, 1969, B.A.
Pennsylvania State University, 1971, M.S.
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1974, J.D.
U.S. Supreme Court
Awards and 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, 2017, 2018)
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)