Editor’s note: This is part of a series of Q&As with leading women in the legal profession, in honor of National Women’s History Month. They were conducted and written by the legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa.

Jami Wintz McKeon, chair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, took a very linear path in her legal career, going straight from college to law school to working at the firm starting in 1981. She has held various management positions, including membership on the firm’s advisory board. Immediately prior to assuming the chair, she led Morgan Lewis’ litigation practice, the firm’s largest group. “I’ve had two jobs in my life—lifeguard and Morgan Lewis lawyer,” she says.