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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

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.

Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 01, 2015

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 26, 2015

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

Profits Per Partner Climb at Wilmer to $1.6 Million

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : February 23, 2015

Profits per partner climbed at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr by $105,000 to $1.605 million, a 7 percent increase from the previous year. Revenue per lawyer also rose almost 7 percent, to $1.155 million. Robert Novick, co-managing partner, said the firm has focused on expanding into premium, high-margin practice areas, especially cybersecurity and privacy work.

Appellate Wordsmiths Target Proposed Word-Length Cuts

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : February 19, 2015

A federal rule proposal to reduce the word limit for main appellate briefs prepared on a computer from 14,000 words to 12,500 words has triggered a wealth of opinions. Mostly negative.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 12, 2015

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

Cooley's Revenue, Profits Surge

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 10, 2015

Gross revenue jumps 19 percent as head count grows 12 percent and partner profits reach $1.7 million.

Holland & Knight Heads to Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Fresh off successful financial years in 2014, Holland & Knight opens a Denver office with six lawyers from Lathrop & Gage; Akin plucks a practice leader from Paul Hastings; Covington & Burling adds a former federal prosecutor; a handful of departures from Dickstein Shapiro; Kirkland & Ellis grows in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

SEC Seizes More Executive Bonuses in Saba Software Probe

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 10, 2015

GC Peter Williams, a former Morrison & Foerster partner, has agreed to hand back more than $140,000 in bonuses and stock profits.

SEC Squeezes $500K from Execs Despite No Misconduct

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : February 10, 2015

Invoking its rarely used clawback authority, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday settled charges with two former Silicon Valley chief financial officers, who agreed to return nearly a half-million dollars in bonuses and stock-sale profits they received while their software company committed accounting fraud.

DLA Piper Adds Another Partner to Asia Corporate Team

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : February 08, 2015

Melody He-Chen joins in Hong Kong after three years at Morrison & Foerster.

People News: Rainmaking & Risk Management

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : February 07, 2015

MoFo adds two privacy-security lawyers in Berlin; Allison Walsh launches Rainseed Marketing.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Polsinelli's Revenue Soars While PPP Dips

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

Fast-growing Polsinelli continued expanding in 2014, with revenue jumping 13.4 percent to $368 million for its fiscal year ending Oct. 31. The Kansas City, Mo.-based firm has more than doubled its revenue since 2010. Meanwhile, profits per partner dropped 5 percent to $650,000, partly due to the equity partner ranks rising by nearly 7 percent to 112.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : February 03, 2015

Twenty of the most notable and intriguing lateral moves of the year.

Former In-House Lawyer Accuses Tech GC of Sexual Harassment

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 03, 2015

Karetha Dodd said she was forced to resign as iGate Technologies' head of U.S. legal operations after her supervisor repeatedly propositioned her for sex.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Cadwalader's Partner Profits Take a Hit

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2015

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft saw profits per partner decline by 15.3 percent in 2014 while gross revenue remained flat. Revenue per lawyer was down by 3.2 percent. At the same time, attorney head count climbed by 3.4 percent.

Trust Darwin: How Tech Will Disrupt, Save the Legal Profession

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : February 02, 2015

Big Law leaders need to go to more major league baseball games.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Asia Legal Awards 2015

Nick Ferguson : The Asian Lawyer : February 02, 2015

We reveal the contenders for our annual awards ahead of a gala dinner in Hong Kong on March 3.

Polsinelli's Super Bowl Shuffle, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2015

Polsinelli, one of the Am Law 100's fastest-growing firms, churns through its partnership; Alston & Bird adds eight in Dallas; Freshfields hires again in New York; a Skadden practice leader goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2015

Eight firms announce promotions, while Fried Frank and Troutman Sanders have added attorneys.

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2015

Ten firms announce promotions, while four more have added attorneys.

Sidley, Ashurst, Freshfields on $10B Citic Deal

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2015

Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group Co. Ltd. and Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. are buying a 20 percent stake in the Chinese state-run conglomerate.

Supreme Court Changes Rules for Patent Claim Construction

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2015

Putting an end to pure de novo review, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, Tuesday that the factual findings of district judges cannot be overruled absent clear error.

At Some D.C. Firms, More Women Than Men Make Partner

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

The legal industry is one in which female lawyers have fewer opportunities than do their male colleagues. But despite industrywide setbacks, many law firms in Washing­ton exceeded the standard this year in promoting women.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

New arrivals, laterals, and a new office in this week's column.

On The Move: Geri Landau Squire Joins Cohn Lifland

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 16, 2015

Geri Landau Squire joins Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf in Saddle Brook, N.J., effective Jan. 1. She previously had a solo practice in Hackensack, N.J.

Koh's Tough Stance on Settlement Pays Off for 'No-Poach' Class

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2015

Four of Silicon Valley's largest employers have agreed to pay workers $415 million—$90 million more than they offered last year.