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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 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Morrison & Foerster has 941 attorneys and is the 28th largest firm in the United States.  With $979,500,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 28th on The American Lawyer's 2016 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 25 -3 Lawyer head count
The A-List 19 -2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 8 15 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 12 -2 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 34 22 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 11 65 Summer programs

In the News

Brexit Won't Affect Current Patent Cases, But It Might Kill European Patent Court Plans

Scott Graham : Law.com : June 28, 2016

The United Kingdom's Brexit vote won't disrupt current patent practice in Europe, practitioners said Friday, but it will surely cause further delays—and possibly even kill—plans for a unified European patent court.

Supreme Court Will Hear Antitrust Case Over ATM Fees

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : June 28, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear an antitrust case that accuses Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and three major banks—Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo—of conspiring to inflate ATM access fees.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Wants Case to Stay Open

: The Associated Press : June 27, 2016

After 20 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit, Richard Rosario was about to get the charges dropped Friday. Until he said no.

What Brexit Means for Patent and Trademark Practices

Scott Graham : The Recorder : June 27, 2016

The vote is likely to delay, and even kill, plans for a Unified Patent Court, and may require EU trademark holders to refile in the UK.

Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 27, 2016

While Friday's Brexit vote has likely cast a potential shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union.

Did Wilson Sonsini Dictate Terms to Microsoft?

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 24, 2016

That's one way to understand a data analysis that found the firm's fingerprints all over the agreement to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

Orrick on JD.Com's $1.5B Deal With Walmart

Frances Ivens : Legal Week : June 21, 2016

The Chinese ecommerce company will take over the Chinese online business Yihaodian and in exchange give a 5 percent stake to the American retailer.

Covington, Slaughter and May on Tencent's $8.6B Gaming Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 21, 2016

The Shenzhen-based technology company is leading a consortium to buy an 84.3 percent stake in game developer Supercell from Japan's SoftBank and the game maker's employees. The deal, Tencent's largest-ever acquisition, values Supercell at $10.2 billion.

Associate Salary Hikes Are Hard to Swallow, Some GCs Say

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 17, 2016

Some general counsel in Silicon Valley question the need for the recent wave of salary hikes for associates at leading California firms.

MoFo Doubled Down on IP Summer Program

Rebecca Cohen and Scott Graham : The Recorder : June 17, 2016

Morrison & Foerester has reaped the rewards of a two-year summer program for students interested in IP and the firm's big tech clients.

Those Challenging Bronx Delays Lack Standing, State AG Argues

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : June 16, 2016

Plaintiffs in a class action suit against New York's court system claiming that long delays and backlogs in Bronx Criminal Court are violating their rights lack standing to bring the suit because there are currently no pending charges against them, a government attorney said on Wednesday.

Skadden Hires Tokyo Partner From MoFo

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 13, 2016

Corporate lawyer Kenji Taneda advises on initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

No Simple Formula: How Chinese Law Firms Pay Their Partners

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 13, 2016

In the second installment of a two-part article, we look at partner compensation at Chinese law firms. In recent years, many firms have overhauled their compensation systems, trying to balance growth with integration.

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Calif. Firms Slow to the Draw in Salary Wars

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : June 10, 2016

It took several days for news of Cravath's associate salary hikes to cause California's largest firms to act.

Stanford Rape Judge Is Why We Need Judicial Elections

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 08, 2016

Here's one good reason why we should elect our judges: it's a way to get rid of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky.

The 2016 IP Hot List

: The National Law Journal : June 06, 2016

We recognize 15 law firms that set the bar in intellectual property law in 2015, scoring big wins for clients.

Morrison & Foerster

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : June 06, 2016

Morrison & Foerster's intellectual property team was in uncharted legal waters when client Sandoz Inc. asked it to defend the biotech company against a patent infringement suit brought by Amgen Inc. in 2014.

Litigators of the Week: Robert Van Nest and Christa Anderson of Keker & Van Nest

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : June 02, 2016

With $9 billion on the line, Google Inc. never lost faith in its lawyers at Keker & Van Nest.

What Were the Top Deals in 2015?

: Texas Lawyer : June 01, 2016

Round Rock-based Dell's pending acquisition of computer storage company EMC for an estimated $67 billion tops the list of the 10 biggest Texas deals announced in 2015.

Lateral Litigators: May's Most Impressive Moves

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 01, 2016

Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., were hot markets for lateral litigators in May, with firms including Boies, Schiller & Flexner; Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; Morrison & Foerster; and Bracewell coming out on top. Here are The Lit Daily's picks for the most notable litigator moves in May.

On the Move

: The Recorder : May 31, 2016

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

How Oracle Went from Nine Zeros to One Zero

Ross Todd : The Recorder : May 27, 2016

The company and its new first chair, Peter Bicks, seemed to have all the momentum going into the re-trial.

MoFo, Jones Day Clash in Strawberry Wars

Scott Graham : The Recorder : May 19, 2016

In dispute over agriculture IP, two former UC-Davis scientists are suing over a lucrative strawberry breeding program.

Kraft Foods Global Inc. v. Director, Div. of Taxation

: New Jersey Law Journal : May 18, 2016

Taxpayer Not Entitled to Exception from Interest Add-Back Requirement

Legaltech West Coast to Shine Light on Emerging Technologies

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : May 18, 2016

The panel will discuss the how up and coming innovations will revolutionize and level the playing field for client services

Into the Regulatory Abyss: Finding Your Way Through Cybersecurity Regulation

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : May 16, 2016

A CREATe.org whitepaper provides an overview of international cybersecurity regulation and methods for security on the threat landscape.

Data Breaches Continue to Be Focus of Consumer Complaints

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : May 16, 2016

When reviewing data such as that collected by the FTC, it can help establish trends and can launch law enforcement investigations.

Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High

Frances Ivens : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2016

Research into recent recruitment trends by international firms in London has found that they brought in over 20 percent more partners in 2015 than the year before, with total partner numbers climbing by 6 percent across the group year-on-year.

Justice Denied in the Bronx

Nancy Gertner : New York Law Journal : May 13, 2016

Where there is no realistic or meaningful opportunity to demand a trial—in a system where a person may wait over three years for a trial on a low-level misdemeanor and lose a job in the process—the constitutional underpinnings of plea-bargaining collapse. It is a punishment system, not a trial system.