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Morrison & Foerster LLP

  • Designation: San Francisco
  • Head Count: 941
  • Gross Revenues: $979,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,040,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,555,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Morrison & Foerster is a San Francisco-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Morrison & Foerster has 988 attorneys and is the 25th largest firm in the United States.  With $968,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 28th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Morrison & Foerster ranked as the 35th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, CO, DC, NY, VA and WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 28 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 28 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 22 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 17 -7 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 23 8 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 10 -1 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 34 22 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 11 65 Summer programs

In the News

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 28, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

MoFo Partner, Novelist James Huston Dead After Battle With Cancer

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2016

A leader of Morrison & Foerster's national trial practice, Huston was also a fighter pilot, a former Navy officer and a best-selling author.

Morning Wrap: Dennis Hastert Faces a Judge | Bob McDonnell's Case at SCOTUS

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : April 27, 2016

Dennis Hastert is set to be sentenced today in Chicago federal district court. Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell takes his corruption challenge to the justices today. And the plaintiffs who lost their case against North Carolina's voter identification law have taken an appeal to the Fourth Circuit. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

State Bar's Disciplinarian-in-Chief to Step Down

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : April 27, 2016

After nearly five tumultuous years as chief trial counsel, Jayne Kim told The Recorder it was a good time to leave.

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 27, 2016

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Technology Work Boosts Results for California Firms

David Ruiz : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Native Silicon Valley firms benefited the most, but others saw gains as well.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

INADMISSIBLE: New Pro Bono CEO Led Corporate Push

: The National Law Journal : April 25, 2016

The Pro Bono Institute has named Eve Runyon as its new president and CEO, following the death of the group's founder and longtime leader Esther Lardent on April 4. Plus more in this week's column.

Valley Firms Surge in The Am Law 100

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 22, 2016

The list is out! And California firms outpaced their peers in a year of glacial growth.

Volatile Commodities Market Making Bankruptcy Work Tricky

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : April 22, 2016

Even as the commodities market exhibits signs of revival, predictions have been proven true that plummeted prices would result in bankruptcies.

Deal Watch: Lexmark Inks Sale With Four Big Firms in the Queue

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2016

Wachtell, Skadden, Cleary Gottlieb and King & Wood Mallesons are advising on a $3.6 billion acquisition of U.S. printer maker Lexmark International Inc. by a Chinese-led consortium.

Garland, Mum on Nomination, Urges Lawyers to Close Justice Gap

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : April 21, 2016

In a rare public speech since his nomination to the U.S. Supreme was announced, Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit delivered remarks at the court's annual pro bono recognition breakfast. He urged lawyers to do more to close the access-to-justice gap.

The Door Spins at Jenner & Block, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

A shift change at Jenner & Block; Duane Morris takes on 13 lawyers from two firms; DLA Piper partners form their own boutique; a Proskauer Rose litigator becomes CEO of a litigation financier; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Former Morgan Lewis Tokyo Head Joins Hogan Lovells

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 19, 2016

Lisa Yano also previously led Paul Weiss' office in the Japanese capital.

Morning Wrap: Public Support Rises for Garland | Trump's New Election-Law Strategist

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : April 19, 2016

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll finds increasing public support for the confirmation of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Donald Trump hires a top election-law strategist. And Gibson Dunn's Helgi Walker talks with the NLJ about her first argument at the high court—as an appointed friend of the court. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morrison & Foerster Expands Government-Contracts Practice With Eight-Partner Team from Jenner

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 18, 2016

Jenner & Block waved goodbye to the bulk of its government-contracts and procurement practice this week, when eight partners in Washington and Northern Virginia announced they would join Morrison & Foerster.

Meet the 2016 Litigation Department and In-House Impact Winners

: The Recorder : April 16, 2016

The Recorder is celebrating the California lawyers who won big last year and highlighting the departments, litigators and in-house lawyers who delivered exceptional results on their clients' most critical and challenging matters.

Wilson Sonsini Backs Polycom in $1.8B Sale

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 15, 2016

The sale to Canada-based Mitel will lower its taxes, though executives said it wasn't an inversion.

Litigation Department of the Year, Groundbreaker: Rachel Krevans

Scott Graham : The Recorder : April 15, 2016

The MoFo litigator secured a win for Sandoz in the first case to test the regime established by Congress to speed approval of biosimilar drugs.

EU Privacy Pushback Prompts Lawyers to Look for Plan B

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : April 13, 2016

With litigation in the forecast, lawyers say companies should consider other compliance mechanisms.

Big Firm Vets Start New Careers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 13, 2016

Two longtime Am Law 100 partners start post-legal careers; Kirkland & Ellis hires in Germany; Orrick grows in Europe; Reed Smith makes moves amid merger talks; White & Case goes to Boston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lawyers Ready to Reap Work From Federal Trade Secrets Act

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : April 08, 2016

Putting trade secrets on the same playing field as patents, trademarks and copyrights makes sense to Valley lawyers like James Pooley. But some say seizure provisions set the stage for "trade secrets trolls."

Uber Agrees to Settle DA Suits Over Safety Practices

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 07, 2016

The company will pay up to $25 million and change how it describes driver checks, among other things, to settle claims brought by S.F. and L.A. district attorneys.

Shout-Out: MoFo Saws Off Multibillion-Dollar Suit Against Lumber Liquidators

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 07, 2016

A team from Morrison & Foerster won a bench trial in California state court on behalf of Lumber Liquidators, which was accused of failing to warn consumers that 26 of its laminate flooring products contained cancer-causing formaldehyde.

Ropes and Sidley Snag Weil Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2016

A pair of PE partners leave Weil; a rare hire by Wachtell; big firms raid Cadwalader and Reed Smith; Jenner & Block, Jones Day and Schiff Hardin rotate practice leaders; Goodwin Procter goes to Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hall Sworn In as Judge

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : April 05, 2016

Eastern District Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon swore in LaShann DeArcy Hall as a new Eastern District judge on Friday.

Spring Forward: What Top Litigator Lateral Moves Tell Us About the Market

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 05, 2016

Demand for litigators seems to be lagging behind corporate, regulatory and transactional specialists--consistent with predictions by some consultants earlier this year. So what do recent lateral moves tell us about the market for litigators?

Glassdoor Fends Off Bid to Expose Job Site Commenters

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 04, 2016

Judge Joseph Spero concluded that the possible evidentiary value of the information was outweighed by free speech concerns.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : April 04, 2016

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.