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Morrison & Foerster LLP

  • Designation: San Francisco
  • Head Count: 988
  • Gross Revenues: $968,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $980,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,415,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -5

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 2013 Global 100 survey, Morrison & Foerster ranked as the 30th 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 -5 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 28 -5 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

Movers: A National Roundup of Laterals and New Arrivals

: The National Law Journal : August 31, 2015

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Koh Says 'Enough Already!' to Apple-Samsung Gang

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 28, 2015

The judge imposes a filing freeze after conflicting decisions set off a mad dash to her courtroom.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 27, 2015

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

For Part of the Day, Class Action Lawyer Steve Berman Is All Spin

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : August 26, 2015

Bicycles have circled around Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro for some time, a hobby of Steve Berman's that's grown into a marketing, athlete-development and healthy-living project over several years. Berman spoke with the NLJ this month shortly after the firm announced its new sponsorship of a team of competitive riders under age 23.

Firms Sound Alarm in Patent Malpractice Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 26, 2015

A decision that representing rival patent-seekers amounts to a conflict of interest would have dire consequences for lawyers and clients, according to an amicus brief from Morrison & Foerster, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and several other firms.

K&L Gates Grows Despite Losses, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2015

K&L Gates offsets a series of partner departures with hires in Dallas and Asia; Ashurst brings back a private equity pro from Skadden; Boies Schiller bags one from Cravath; a McKenna Long founder decamps; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Attorney Caught in Wiretapping Scandal Loses Appeal

Ross Todd : The Recorder : August 25, 2015

In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit affirmed Terry Christensen's wiretapping conviction, finding the dismissal of a juror during deliberations was warranted.

Distinguished Leader: Robert Dell, Latham & Watkins

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

He built Latham & Watkins into a global player.

Legal Fiction: Is It Time for a New Direction?

Douglas Mccollam : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

"To Kill a Mockingbird" popularized the iconic lawyer as hero. But after more than 50 years, maybe readers are ready for a more nuanced approach.

The American Lawyer's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Our 12th annual awards honor lawyers whose remarkable careers have shaped the legal profession.

Lifetime Achiever: Drew Days III, Morrison & Foerster

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

He was the first African-American to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

2015 Lifetime Achievers, Law Firm Leaders Announced

Am Law Daily Staff : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2015

The American Lawyer honors eight longtime lawyers with distinctive careers and a commitment to public service. Three others are recognized for extraordinary talents managing their firm.

Anti-Abortion Group Claims First Amendment Shield for Videos

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 18, 2015

The Center for Medical Progress, which has released a string of controversial hidden-camera videos, argues that a lawsuit against the group amounts to prior restraint.

On the Move

: The Recorder : August 17, 2015

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

Apple Beats Back Privacy Suit Over iMessage Glitch

Ross Todd : The Recorder : August 17, 2015

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh refused to certify a class of ex-iPhone users who claim that Apple intercepted their text messages.

Merry-Go-Round at Milbank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 04, 2015

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy brings on a Jones Day M&A duo in New York, as the firm watched two others head for the door; Morrison & Foerster adds a pair from Crowell & Moring; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Obama Picks Brown to Fill Third Eastern District Spot

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : August 03, 2015

President Barack Obama has nominated Eastern District Magistrate Judge Gary Brown to fill a vacancy on the Eastern District bench. He was among seven nominations made Thursday by Obama to the federal courts of New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Federal Judge Blocks Release of Anti-Abortion Videos

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 03, 2015

U.S. District Judge William Orrick III won't lift a temporary restraining order sought by the National Abortion Federation and its counsel at Morrison & Foerster.

Mergers Shake Up List of Largest D.C. Law Offices

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : August 03, 2015

Covington & Burling, at the top of The National Law Journal's list of Wash­ington's largest firms for the second consecutive year, added about 15 total lawyers last year in a time when elite firms, especially ones that focus on litigation, find the most ability to expand in Washington.

MoFo, Cleary, Gibson Dunn and Latham Have a Good Week

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 02, 2015

MoFo, working pro bono, secured a temporary restraining order against the release of more anti-abortion videos in the Planned Parenthood controversy. In other news, Cleary Gottlieb, Gibson Dunn and Latham had victories of their own.

BAR-ometer: Orrick Moves On Up

: The Recorder : July 31, 2015

MoFo moves over. And Haag moves on.

MoFo on GLP's Latest U.S. Logistics Deal

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : July 31, 2015

The Singapore-based warehousing giant is offering $4.6 billion for a portfolio of properties held by Industrial Income Trust.

Suits Seek to Stop Release of Anti-Abortion Videos

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

Hidden-camera videos were the result of fraud, trespass and other illegal acts, according to a suit filed Friday by Morrison & Foerster.

Introducing the 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law

The Recorder Staff : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

This year's list of 60 women includes 10 "power players" who are using their positions and achievements to advocate for women.

Oracle Brings in New Trial Team for Googacle Do-Over

Ross Todd : The Recorder : July 30, 2015

Orrick litigators are in the driver's seat after appellate win.

Deal Watch: Teva's Generics Buy Headlines Banner M&A Week

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 30, 2015

A bevy of transactions in the pharmaceutical industry and industrial sector in Europe helped make the past week a big one for M&A, with more than a dozen billion-dollar deals being announced.

K&L Gates Adds Two Amid Departure Wave, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 29, 2015

K&L Gates, which has watched more than 90 partners depart this year, saw another handful leave within the past week; Morrison & Foerster picks up an Asian litigation leader; O'Melveny & Myers adds one in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Winston & Strawn's Asia Litigation Head Joins MoFo

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 28, 2015

Adrian Yip, who started at the San Francisco-based firm on Tuesday, advises on asset recoveries, corporate restructurings and intellectual property disputes.

'Best Firms' Report Shows Top 50 Shops for Women

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : July 28, 2015

A select group of Am Law 200 firms are among those touted by Working Mother magazine and consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers for their annual look at the 50 best firms for women, based on metrics like family-friendly policies and percentage of female partners.

Introducing the 2015 A-List

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

Paul Hastings keeps its top spot in The American Lawyer's latest survey of the best of the best in Big Law.