Grace Speights is a partner in Morgan Lewis’ Labor & Employment Law Practice, Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. Office, Chair of the Firm’s Complex Employment Litigation Practice Group, co-chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee, a member of the Firm’s Legal Personnel Committee, and a member of the Firm’s Partner Compensation Committee. Her practice focuses on counseling and defending clients in connection with employment discrimination claims, primarily involving class action litigation, and on counseling clients regarding diversity best practices. She has litigated and mediated numerous employment discrimination class actions around the country. Ms. Speights joined Morgan Lewis in 1984, after having clerked for the late Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ms. Speights has received many accolades as a practicing lawyer, including being named as or listed in: The National Law Journal’s 100 Most Influential Women Lawyers In Washington, D.C. (2010); Who’s Who in Black Washington, D.C., a 2010 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader; the Minority Corporate Counsel 2009 Rainmakers; the Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C. (2009); The Best Lawyers in America 2007-2011; Washington Super Lawyers 2007-2010; Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington, D.C. (2007); Human Resource Executive’s Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys (2009-2011); Human Resource Executive’s Top 50 Defense Employment Attorneys (2008); and The Legal Times leading Labor and Employment Lawyers (2004). Ms. Speights is also a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Ms. Speights received her B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. degree with Honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif from the George Washington University National Law Center.