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Morrison & Foerster LLP

  • Designation: San Francisco
  • Head Count: 1,020
  • Gross Revenues: $1,011,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $990,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,465,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

Morrison & Foerster is a San Francisco-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Morrison & Foerster has 1020 attorneys and is the 22nd largest firm in the United States.  With $1,011,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 23rd on The American Lawyer's 2014 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 23 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 23 -3 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

Withers Grows in Asian Divorce Capital Hong Kong

: The Asian Lawyer : March 30, 2015

The U.K. private client boutique has made an unrivaled push into the region to capitalize on a fast-growing population of high-net-worth individuals in China, Singapore and other top jurisdictions.

Investment Bank Sues Morrison & Foerster over Puda Coal Debacle

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 30, 2015

The defunct, fraud-addled Chinese company Puda Coal was disaster for its investors, and remains a major litigation headache for its bankers. Now the investment bank Macquarie Group wants the lawyers to share the blame.

A Tip From The Justices on Writing: Keep it Simple

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : March 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court rarely offers practice pointers to the advocates who appear before it. But it did just that on March 23, when it admonished members of the Supreme Court bar to use "plain terms" when they write briefs.

Five Named to Bench in SF, Alameda

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 27, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown named 12 new judges Friday, including four in Los Angeles County, two in San Diego and one in Tulare.

Litigators of the Week: Rachel Krevans and Grant Esposito of Morrison & Foerster

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 26, 2015

It may take years before the law on "biosimilar" drugs is settled. But for now, MoFo's Krevans and Esposito have set the standard.

Judge Orders Parties to 'End the Madness' With Pleadings

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : March 26, 2015

Fed up with massive pleadings filled with irrelevance and redundancy, a federal judge has ordered the lawyers in a franchise dispute to scale their offerings way back.

Judge Blasts Lawyers for Overkill in UPS Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : March 25, 2015

After lawyers at Reed Smith and other firms buried him in "behemoth pleadings" in a case involving UPS, a judge in Manhattan finally got fed up.

Jenner & Block to Launch in London

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : March 25, 2015

The Chicago-based firm has announced that it will open a disputes-focused office in London later this spring to meet the increasing international needs of its clients.

MoFo's William O'Connor

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : March 24, 2015

The San Diego partner knows what it takes to get a drone aircraft practice off the ground.

HSF's Southeast Asia Energy Head Leaves for King & Spalding

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 23, 2015

Richard Nelson is among a spate of departures from Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia offices in recent months.

BAR-ometer: Sidley's $40 Million Slip-Up

: The Recorder : March 20, 2015

Plus, a silver lining for MoFo. And Lynne Hermle makes the most of what she has to work with.

How to Get a Job at Apple

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 20, 2015

There's no clear path to landing an in-house post. But it doesn't hurt to work at MoFo.

Federal Circuit Restores Oracle Patent

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 20, 2015

For a second time, the appeals court sided with Oracle in its legal battle against Google.

Judge Rejects Bid to Block First U.S. Biosimilar

Ross Todd : The Recorder : March 19, 2015

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg turned back Amgen's request for an injunction against Sandoz, which received FDA clearance for a biosimilar drug earlier this month.

Amid Defections, McDermott Adds Practice Head, Eyeing Future Growth

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Nearly four years to the day after McDermott Will & Emery took on the entire private client practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the former has hired Holland & Knight's international private client practice leader Leigh-Alexandra Basha in Washington, D.C. The move comes as many Am Law 200 firms have reevaluated their private client and trusts and estates practices, and as McDermott braces for some other partner departures.

Litigator of the Week: Michele Corash of Morrison & Foerster

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 19, 2015

Facing litigation over California's toxic chemical law, Prop 65? Better call Corash.

First District Serves Food Companies Prop 65 Win

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : March 18, 2015

In a win for MoFo, the appeal court held that lead exposure should be calculated based on the eating habits of real people.

King & Wood Mallesons Taps Longtime HSF Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : March 18, 2015

Gary Lock, a 15-year veteran of Herbert Smith Freehills and one of its top capital markets partners in Asia, has joined King & Wood's corporate and securities team.

Polsinelli Sets Up Shop in Raleigh, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 17, 2015

After raiding Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough for five health care partners, fast-growing Polinselli will open an office in Raleigh; Gibson Dunn and Winston & Strawn add new practice leaders; the NSA's top lawyer returns to Mayer Brown; three former federal prosecutors flock to Robins Kaplan and Wilmer; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Castle Defense: Patent Damages and Expert Testimony

Rudy Kim and Michelle Yang : The Intellectual Property Strategist : March 17, 2015

The VirnetX, Inc. v. Cisco Sys. decision leaves open new potential strategies to be employed (and countered) by parties and their damages experts.

MoFo Hits Slump in Revenue, Profits

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : March 17, 2015

Chair Larren Nashelsky said the firm is regrouping after seeing several major matters to their end.

MoFo, Wilson Sonsini on Chinese Investors' $640M Take-Private Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 16, 2015

Shanghai-based Summitview Capital is leading a Chinese consortium to buy U.S. chipmaker Integrated Silicon Solutions Inc. and delisted it from the Nasdaq.

BlackBerry Dodges Another Securities Class Action Bullet

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 16, 2015

BlackBerry Ltd. may still be grasping at the heels of its smartphone competitors, but the company's lawyers aren't having much trouble beating back investor class actions over its spotty performance.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Fried Frank's Rebound Continues

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 13, 2015

Having just completed his first year as chairman of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, David Greenwald is happy with his firm's "realignment." Fried Frank, which in January announced plans to shutter its offices in Asia, saw gross revenue remain flat in 2014, although profits per partner and revenue per lawyer both hit the highest marks in the firm's history.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 12, 2015

Two Texas Partners Leave Vinson, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 10, 2015

Sidley Austin and Katten Muchin Rosenman snag Vinson & Elkins partners in Houston; Honigman adds a former U.S. senator; K&L Gates bags eight lawyers in two cities; Mayer Brown and Chadbourne & Parke make additions in Mexico City; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Recorder Names Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : March 06, 2015

In addition to overall and speciality practice awards, honorees include high-impact in-house counsel.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 05, 2015

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

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: DLA Posts Record Profits Despite Flat Revenue

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : March 04, 2015

Despite flat revenues and a second consecutive drop in total lawyer head count, DLA Piper's net income rose by more than 10 percent in 2014, to a record high of $667 million. This increased efficiency pushed the firm's profit margin from 24 to 27 percent—its highest since 2008—while average profits per equity partner rose 12.5 percent, to $1.49 million, another firm record.

Winners Announced for Asia Legal Awards 2015

: The Asian Lawyer : March 04, 2015

On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its second annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms. As promised, here's the list of lucky winners.