Press Release

Former Morgan Lewis Chair Fran Milone Named American Lawyer Distinguished Law Firm Leader

August 15, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, August 15, 2016: Former Morgan Lewis Chair Fran Milone has been named the Distinguished Law Firm Leader by The American Lawyer as part of its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The awards recognize lawyers and law firm leaders who have had distinguished careers at some of the most prominent law firms and organizations in the United States; made their mark through pro bono, government, or civic work; and provided exemplary stewardship of their firms.

A visionary innovator, Mr. Milone chaired Morgan Lewis from 1999 to 2014. During his 16-year tenure, he transformed the firm from a regional law firm to a global powerhouse in the midst of an evolving legal and business environment. Under his leadership, Morgan Lewis expanded into California and Texas, as well as Boston, Chicago, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, and Moscow. He led an effort to create a broad platform of legal services better suited to meet clients’ needs and emphasized the themes of collaboration and excellent client service that form the core of the firm’s culture today. Recognizing the need to establish diversity and pro bono as firmwide priorities, Mr. Milone hired the first directors of these critical initiatives and founded the firm’s Diversity Committee.

For nearly 40 years, Mr. Milone has been a major force at Morgan Lewis in his numerous leadership positions, including membership on its governing board, leading the Labor and Employment practice, and serving as managing partner from 1997 to 1999. He has received several accolades during his career and was honored most recently with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Legal Intelligencer for his accomplishments during his leadership of the firm and his demonstrated efforts to advance Pennsylvania law and the education of the state’s younger lawyers.

Mr. Milone is set to be honored at a gala hosted by The American Lawyer on October 25 and will be featured in its September issue.