Morrison & Foerster LLP

Practice/Organization Description

Morrison & Foerster is an international firm with more than 1,000 lawyers across 15 offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Founded in 1883, we remain dedicated to providing our clients, which include some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and technology and life science companies, with unequalled service.

Our clients rely on us for innovative and business-minded solutions. Therefore, we stress intellectual agility as a hallmark of our approach to client representation. We apply it to every matter—from the complex to the routine—to ensure the best outcomes for our clients and deliver success.

We believe that great client service requires insight, expertise, speed, and integrity. Our attorneys share high standards, a commitment to excellence, and a passion for helping their clients succeed. This commitment to serving client needs has resulted in enduring relationships and a record of high achievement. In addition, our culture of genuine collegiality creates a work environment ideally suited to collaboration and effective teamwork, which ultimately translates into organizational stability, winning results, and more positive experiences for clients.

Honors and Awards

The American Lawyer

The American Lawyer recognized our Litigation Department in 2010 as one of the top practices in the country in the biennial Litigation Department of the Year survey.

BTI Consulting

BTI Consulting has named us to the Client Service A-Team for 11 consecutive years. The Boston-based research company and management consulting firm bases the list on interviews with hundreds of corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 companies to discover how they define exceptional service and which law firms measure up to this standard.

U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers

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.

Chambers Global

Chambers Global recognized 32 of our practice areas in its 2012 guide, including global rankings in such core areas as Capital Markets, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Outsourcing, and Technology.

Chambers USA

In 2012, Chambers USA ranked us among the leading practices nationally and regionally in 47 areas, including the firm's core practice areas: Intellectual Property, Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets, Litigation, and Financial Services.

Chambers Asia

Chambers Asia recommended 26 of our practice areas in its 2012 guide.

Chambers UK

Chambers UK ranked us among the leading practices in six areas in its 2012 guide.

Legal 500 US

Legal 500 US recommended 49 of our practice areas in its 2012 guide.

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

In 2012, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific recommended 21 of our practice areas across Asia.

Legal 500 UK

In 2011, Legal 500 UK ranked us among the leading practices in England in 16 areas and among the top U.S. law firms in London.

PLC Which lawyer?

In 2011-12, PLC Which lawyer? recognized us as one of the top law firms in the United States for 19 practice areas, in Japan for 10 practice areas, in China for four practice areas, in Hong Kong for two practice areas, and in England & Wales for four practice areas.

Benchmark Litigation

In 2012, our Litigation practice received national recommendations in the areas of Appellate, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product Liability, and Securities Litigation.

Managing Intellectual Property

Managing Intellectual Property ranked us in Tier 1 for Foreign Firms in Japan, and in Tier 2 for the United States in Bio Life Sciences, Patent Prosecution, ITC, and Copyright work, in its annual World IP Survey in 2011.

National Law Journal

The National Law Journal honored our litigation team with a spot on its Winning list, which is comprised of the nation's most accomplished trial lawyers, for the fourth straight year in 2011.

Who's Who Legal 100

In 2012, Who's Who Legal named us among the world's top 100 law firms, as well as California Firm of the Year, in the inaugural Who's Who Legal 100 guide, which was created after 16 years of independent research in more than 140 jurisdictions and hundreds of thousands of votes and recommendations.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Number of Attorneys

1,000+ Attorneys

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