Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Main office 425 Market Street, | San Francisco | CA | 94105
Year of establishment 1883
Number of offices 15
Largest office San Francisco
Number of attorneys 1223
Number of associates 608
Number of partners 357
Partner: associate ratio 0.60
Percent women attorneys 38.00
Percent minority attorneys 30.50
Percent gay attorneys 3.60


Morrison & Foerster is a firm of exceptional credentials. Our name is synonymous with a commitment to client service that informs everything that we do. We are recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on matters that are redefining practices and industries. But the Morrison & Foerster name tells only part of our story. In the 1970s, when teletype was used to send overseas cables, the firm purposely chose "mofo" as our teletype address. The nickname stuck, and we later decided to use it as our IP address. In many ways, the MoFo nickname is an affectionate reminder that while we are very serious about our clients' work, we don't take ourselves too seriously. We collaborate across a global network of 17 offices located in key technology and financial centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and leading technology and life sciences companies. We also represent investment funds and startup companies, and over the years have supported many in their growth and development as leading industry players and household brands. Morrison & Foerster stands out for its commitment to client service. The BTI Consulting Group's Client Relationship Scorecard for 2014 included us on its prestigious list of "Power Elite" law firms, based on the results of interviews with general counsel and other decision-makers at more than 500 leading companies.

Areas of practice

  • Business + Finance
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Regulatory

  • Tax
  • International
  • Industries

Notable cases

  • MoFo has played a key role in some of the high-profile legal battles. Some of the indicative cases are listed below.
  • MoFo represented IT major Oracle in a patent and copyright tussle with internet search giant Google over the java-based heart of the Android operating system. The case, Oracle v/s Google, was dubbed the "World Series of IP trials" by the presiding judge.
  • In the M&A space, MoFo shepherded a series of seminal transactions to closing, including representing Novellus in its $3.3 billion merger with Lam Research, the largest announced stock-for-stock tech deal in 2011.
  • MoFo also handled the $5 billion sale of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies to Western Digital, and is continuing to represent Intel in a string of key strategic acquisitions such as its $7.7 billion acquisition of McAfee and its $1.4 billion acquisition of the Wireless Solutions Business of Infineon Technologies AG.
  • Amid economic doldrums, MoFo played a major role in the largest bankruptcy of 2011, the massive Chapter 11 of MF Global, in which the firm represented the trustee, Louis Freeh. The firm was also involved in one of the highest profile cases of the bankruptcy of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Awards and recognitions

MoFo is consistently included as one of America's top 20 law firms in The American Lawyer's A-List. Firm's lawyers too have brought some of the notable national and international recognitions for the firm.

Chambers Asia recommended 26 of our practice areas in its 2012 guide.
In the second edition of "Best Law Firms," published in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, MoFo ranked as one of the top 10 law firms nationwide - out of more than 9,500 firms in the survey - based on the number of top-tier national rankings earned.
In the 2011 edition of the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, client feedback placed MoFo in the FT Law 25 - a list of the most innovative firms in the United States.
In 2010 and 2011, M&A Advisor named us "Law Firm of the Year."
In 2008 Morrison & Foerster was crowned at the 2008 ALB Japan Law Awards for M&A Deal of the Year and Japan Deal of the Year.

Hiring criteria

Morrison & Foerster looks for individuals of exceptional intelligence who can think on their feet and are eager to tackle complex problems. The hiring decisions are not based on grades alone, but an individual, whose academic and other achievements evidence their talent, motivation, energy, and creativity, is preferred over others. The firm also looks for entrepreneurial spirit, drive, and confidence.

MoFo is active in hiring through campus recruitment's as well as from the job fairs. The firm visited about 18 law schools and participated in nearly 5 job fairs during 2011.


Morrison & Foerster has a long history of nurturing tolerance, inclusion and mutual respect. The firm has an active diversity program for more than fifteen years, which focuses on issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, identity and expression. MoFo consistently ranks at the top of surveys addressing workplace diversity, the hiring of minority lawyers and women.

Women, minority and openly gay and lesbian lawyers currently serve, or have served, in important leadership positions within the firm, including as Chair of the Firm, as Department Chairs, as Practice Group Heads, on our Executive Committee and on our Board of Directors.

Summer associate program

Morrison & Foerster offers a summer program, not as lavish as other places, but it gives an idea of what the firm and the office is all about. Associates are given freedom for getting assignments and in terms of social events.

Associates appreciate the on-the-job training at the firm. In 2010, Morrison & Foerster LLP had a class of 74 summer associates. All summer associates are paid $3,080 per week, regardless of class. Even when the firm deferred the start dates of its class of 2009 first year associates, it provided them with a $5,000 monthly stipend during that time.

Salary & benefits

For an entry-level lawyer, compensation for the year 2012 is $160,000 per year. MoFo awards merit- and hours-based bonuses, while bonus amounts vary from year to year and by class year. It pays for bar review/bar exam fees and offer a bar study stipend. The firm also offers a judicial clerk bonus, salary credit, and partnership credit for judicial clerks joining the firm from a U.S. federal court, including the Federal Circuit, or the highest state court.

MoFo's flexible benefits plan allows each attorney to design his or her own benefits package to meet specific needs for both self and family. Benefits available to dependents include medical, dental, vision, spouse/domestic partner life, child life, accidental death & dismemberment, and long term care.

Associates are given three to four weeks of vacation time. Additionally, the Firm offers a variety of paid leaves including medical, maternity, paternity, and adoption leave.

  • Y1 $0-$160,000.00
  • Y2 $0-$170,000.00
  • Y3 $0-$185,000.00
  • Y4 $0-$210,000.00
  • Y5 $0-$230,000.00
  • Y6 $0-$250,000.00
  • Y7 $0-$265,000.00


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Spending Account
  • Parental Leave
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

Benefits Package:

Morrison & Foerster's flexible benefits plan allows each attorney to design his or her own benefits package to meet specific needs for both self and family. The plan includes: a choice of medical and dental plans, vision coverage, life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, long term care, disability and Flex Spending benefits for health care and dependent care. Benefits available to dependents include medical, dental, vision, spouse/domestic partner life, child life, accidental death & dismemberment, and long term care. Under our benefits programs, we treat opposite and same-sex domestic partners (and their children) the same as spouses and children, to the extent that the law allows (e.g., federal law does not allow pre-tax treatment for domestic partner benefit payments). To assist with the tax incurred on domestic partner benefits, the firm provides a credit each pay period to those with domestic partner coverage. The firm offers an EAP, Resources and Referral, and Confidential Assistance Program which offers services specializing in work/life areas such as: weight management, tobacco cessation, confidential counseling for personal issues, identity theft restoration, financial tools, pregnancy/lactation kits, and more. Additional benefits include: Back-up Child and/or Elder Care, Gym Membership Discounts, and a Commuter Benefits Program. The firm's 401(k) program is a pre-tax Salary Deferral Plan with numerous investment choices. There is no waiting period to participate. Associates receive three to four weeks of vacation time. Additionally, the Firm offers a variety of paid leaves including medical, maternity, paternity, and adoption leave. Our relocation package includes moving and travel expenses, an exploratory trip to search for housing, and transition assistance.

Working for the Morrison & Foerster LLP.

    Working at Morrison & Foerster is a real treat for lawyers. It is evident from the fact that Fortune magazine has named the firm in one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" and Working Mother magazine has voted the firm one of the best places to work thirteen times.

    MoFo's standards are high and schedules are demanding. But the firm is built on respect, including supporting the outside life of its attorneys and adopting policies consistent with that support.

    Firm's reduced hours attorneys work less than 100% of a full-time schedule. Their hours' expectations and base salary are adjusted based on the percentage of a full-time schedule that the attorney intends to work.

Pro bono

    Generation after generation, MoFo lawyers have continued their commitment towards the issues of children in poverty, education, civil rights and civil liberties, death penalty and prisoners' rights, international human rights, political asylum, housing and homelessness and AIDS-related matters.

    Each lawyer is expected to take on at least one pro bono matter each year. In 2011, its lawyers recorded approximately 95,000 pro bono hours firmwide.

    Recently MoFo has been honored by the Pro Bono Institute (PBI)'s John H. Pickering Award, given in recognition of the firm's unwavering commitment to pro bono.

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