Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Morrison & Foerster LLP.

5 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

425 Market Street | San Francisco | CA | 94105-2482

Phone: 415-268-7000 | Fax: 415-268-7522

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Year of establishment 1883 Number of partners 296
Number of offices 17 Partner to associate ratio 0.60
Biggest office San Francisco Percentage of women attorneys 35.80
Number of attorneys 951 Percentage of minority attorneys 18.80
Number of associates 506 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.60
Morrison & Foerster LLP.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP. Reviews

- Reviewed on December 16, 2017

Advice to law firm management: New people need to be encouraged to talk about their problems and guided for a short while until they are comfortable with the firm.

Pros: This is the firm of your dreams with a high pay and lots of great co-workers that you will be able to learn from.

Cons: When you first start it will feel daunting with how great some people look compared to yourself. It might seem that you will never get to their levels.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

- Reviewed on September 25, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Show loyalty to employees who have been there longer. Listen to the advice of your staff.

Pros: There are some good partners at this firm. Clients and cases are interesting. Associates are great to work with.

Cons: There is too much work and not enough staff. Training and organization is lacking.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


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 domain name. 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.

Practice Areas

Morrison & Foerster LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Acquisition Finance
  • Advertising And Marketing Law
  • Airports + Aviation
  • Antitrust Law
  • Antitrust Law | Cartels
  • Antitrust Law | Japan
  • Antitrust Law | Litigation
  • Antitrust Law | Mergers + Acquisitions
  • Appellate + Supreme Court
  • Asset Based Lending
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Banking + Financial Services
  • Biofuels + Biochemicals
  • Borrower Representation
  • Broker Dealer Compliance + Regulation
  • Business Restructuring + Insolvency
  • Capital Markets
  • Carbon Capture
  • Regulation + Markets
  • Class Actions
  • Clean Technology
  • Cloud Computing + As A Service Platforms
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications Technology
  • Compensation
  • Benefits + Erisa
  • Competition Law | Europe
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Consumer Products
  • Copyright
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Covered Bonds
  • Cross Border Insolvencies
  • Cross Border Private Placements
  • Debt Offerings + 144A Offerings
  • Debt Private Placements
  • Debt Trading
  • Derivatives + Commodities
  • Derivatives + Commodities Regulation
  • Development
  • Land Use + Construction
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Emerging Companies + Venture Capital
  • Employment + Labor
  • Energy
  • Energy Capital Markets
  • Energy Efficiency + Intelligence
  • Energy Enforcement + Compliance
  • Energy Litigation
  • Energy Mergers + Acquisitions
  • Energy Regulatory
  • Energy Transactions + Strategic Counseling
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental Permitting + Regulation
  • Equipment Leasing + Finance
  • Equity Offerings
  • Failing Hedge Funds
  • False Claims Act Investigations + Defense
  • Fcpa + Anti Corruption
  • Federal Tax
  • Financial Institutions | Europe
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Services Enforcement
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Financial Technology
  • Financial Transactions
  • Financial Transactions | Europe
  • Fuel Cells + Batteries
  • Global Offerings
  • Government Contracts + Public Procurement
  • Government Contracts + Public Procurement | Europe
  • Green Building
  • Green Marketing + Advertising
  • Health Care Fraud ' Investigations + Litigation
  • Hotel + Resort Properties
  • Information Technology
  • Insolvency Issues Involving Key Intellectual Property
  • Insurance Capital Markets
  • Federal Tax Controversy + Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Inter Partes Review + Post Grant Practice
  • Interferences
  • Internal Investigations
  • International Arbitration
  • Internet
  • Media + Entertainment
  • Investment Management
  • Ip Due Diligence
  • Ipos
  • Itc Litigation
  • Joint Ventures
  • Investment Funds + Pooled Investment Vehicles
  • Land Use + Development
  • Leasing + Asset Management
  • Liability Management
  • Litigation
  • Mergers + Acquisitions
  • Mobile Payments
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • Municipal Insolvencies
  • Natural Resources
  • New Products
  • Oil Pipelines
  • Outsourcing
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Patent Counseling + Prosecution
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Reexaminations
  • Pharmaceutical + Medical Device
  • Plant Intellectual Property
  • Privacy + Data Security
  • Private Equity Funds
  • Private Equity Investments + Buyouts
  • Private Placements + Pipes
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Project Finance
  • Proposition 65 + Chemicals
  • Public Companies Counseling + Compliance
  • Public Procurement | China
  • Public Procurement | Japan
  • Purchase + Sale Of Real Estate Assets
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate + Timber Taxation
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Receivables Finance + Vendor Finance
  • Reits
  • Renewable Energy
  • Representation Of Creditors' Committees
  • Restructuring Financial Institutions
  • Securities Litigation
  • Enforcement + White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Securities: Regulatory + Enforcement
  • Semiconductors
  • Social Media
  • Software
  • Solar Energy
  • State + Local Tax
  • Stimulus Package + Other Government Funding Sources
  • Structured Finance + Securitization
  • Structured Products
  • Sustainable Organic
  • Tax Advice Regarding M+A + Other Corporate Transactions
  • Tax Issues For Not For Profits
  • Taxation Of Structured Instruments
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark
  • Transportation
  • Trials
  • Us Taxation Of Multinational Corporations
  • Venture Intellectual Property
  • Water Technology
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Wind Energy

Hiring Criteria

Morrison & Foerster LLP. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

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.

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.

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.

Morrison & Foerster LLP. 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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