Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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425 Market Street, | San Francisco | CA | 94105
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Year of establishment 1883 Number of Partners 357
Number of offices 15 Partner:associate ratio 0.60
Larget office San Francisco percent women attorneys 38.00
Number of attorneys 1223 percent minority attorneys 30.50
Number of associates 608 percent gay attorneys 3.60
Morrison & Foerster LLP.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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