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What was your route to the top? I felt at home from the minute I interviewed at Morgan Lewis and began my career here as an associate in 1981. My early practice focused on high-stakes crisis litigation and investigations. I was elected to the partnership in 1989 and spent the next two decades advising clients in the financial services and technology industries. In addition to great mentors, I had many leadership opportunities at the firm, from key committee appointments as an associate to local office practice leadership roles as a young partner. Over the years, I served successive terms on the firm Advisory Board and Compensation Committee. In 2003, 160 lawyers from Brobeck, a leading California law firm, joined Morgan Lewis. At the request of our Chair, I moved with my family from Philadelphia to San Francisco to lead the integration, which was a success due to our approach to bringing everyone together and expanding our relationships with clients. It gave us a template for later combinations. In 2009, I was appointed head of the global litigation practice and, in 2013, I was elected to my first term as Chair to begin in 2014. Six weeks into my term, we announced a historic combination, adding more than 700 lawyers and hundreds of staff from the former Bingham McCutchen firm. Again, the integration worked because we understood the importance of connecting with each other throughout the process and shared a commitment to our clients. In March 2015, we announced another novel combination, with Singapore’s Stamford Law.

James Schroeder

 

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