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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 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 $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

Judge OKs Class in Yahoo Email Privacy Suit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : May 27, 2015

A decision to pursue only injunctive relief helped plaintiffs get past the hurdle of class certification in a suit over Yahoo's scanning of email messages.

Reed Smith to Open in Frankfurt

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 22, 2015

Reed Smith is set to open an office in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 1 with the addition of seven lawyers from four different firms. The new location, which will focus heavily on the financial services industry, will be managed from the firm's 10-year-old Munich office.

Trying to #Trademark a #Hashtag

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : May 21, 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is grappling with applications for social media hashtag marks.

Securities Arbitration Clinic Opens Students' Eyes

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : May 18, 2015

They do the work of associates — meeting with clients, doing research and drafting agreements.

Musical Chairs at Squire Patton Boggs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2015

As the one-year anniversary of the firm's creation draws near, several more Squire Patton Boggs partners seek new homes; Baker & Hostetler brings on roughly 30 lawyers from McKenna Long & Aldridge ahead of the latter's June 1 merger with Dentons; Boies, Schiller & Flexner bags another federal prosecutor; Greenberg Traurig grows in Poland; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morrison & Foerster's Robert Townsend

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : May 11, 2015

High prices and stepped-up antitrust enforcement could take some wind out Valley dealmaking, says the co-chair of MoFo's global M&A practice.

Three Firms See Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 11, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, O'Melveny & Myers and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman see more partners peel away; a former Bingham McCutchen tax partner rejoins her former colleagues at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; a Latham & Watkins antitrust litigator launches her own boutique; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Going Bankrupt? Those Twitter Accounts Could Be Assets

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : May 08, 2015

A Texas judge found that a prominent employee's Facebook and Twitter accounts could be considered part of the company's estate.

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Year's Hottest Markets

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : May 08, 2015

Most Am Law 100 firms had solid results in 2014, but some sector bets paid off especially well.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : May 06, 2015

In one of the year's largest real estate deals, Skadden Arps is on course to be the anchor tenant at One Manhattan West, the first of two commercial towers being proposed in the Hudson Yards district.

Appeals Court Hits Pause on First US Biosimilar

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : May 05, 2015

The appeals court issued an injunction Tuesday preventing the release of Sandoz's Zarxio until a challenge by rival Amgen can be resolved.

Obrea Poindexter

: The National Law Journal : May 04, 2015

Marriage Hearing Stokes Optimism

Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : May 04, 2015

Whatever the outcome, the historic U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28 turned out to be a riveting dialogue that fleshed out many of the contentious issues at stake.

Firm Leaders Expect Corporate Work to Drive Revenue

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 04, 2015

New York Law Journal reporter Christine Simmons conducts an informal survey of nine law firm leaders on their expectations for the rest of 2015 based on the first quarter of the year.

On the Move

: The Recorder : May 04, 2015

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

McKenna Defections Mount Ahead of Merger, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2015

Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman pick up partners from McKenna Long & Aldridge as the latter prepares to merge with Dentons; Kirkland & Ellis and Mayer Brown make European antitrust hires; a Sidley Austin litigator flies solo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Virginia Is for Anonymous Reviewers

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : May 01, 2015

Virginia's highest court has said reviewers have a First Amendment right to post anonymously on such sites as Yelp.

BAR-ometer: Hausfeld's Fat Fees

: The Recorder : May 01, 2015

Plus, good news, bad news for law grads.

Cybersecurity Lawyers Getting Plenty of Company

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : May 01, 2015

With demand booming, so too is the supply of attorneys claiming expertise in security and privacy matters.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : April 28, 2015

Three firms have added new partners, while two announce promotions.

Court Slams MoFo Client for 'Nonsensical' Trade Secrets Suit

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : April 28, 2015

Cypress Semiconductor litigated in bad faith and must pay a rival's defense fees, the Sixth District Court of Appeal ruled.

Weil Gotshal Partner, Titan of the Bankruptcy Bar, Dies

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : April 28, 2015

Harvey Miller, who is credited as the most prominent bankruptcy attorney in the country and with developing the modern bankruptcy practice, died on Monday after a brief battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Orrick to Halve German Network With Two Office Closures

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2015

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe will shutter Frankfurt and Berlin bases later this year to focus practice on Düsseldorf and Munich, The American Lawyer has learned.

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Superrich Firms Pull Away

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

It was a year of solid gains for The Am Law 100, especially for a burgeoning group of top firms.

Alameda County Judge Alison Tucher

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : April 27, 2015

The former MoFo partner discusses her transition to the bench and a family law assignment.

Profits Matter: A Defense of The Am Law 100

David L. Brown : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

Financial transparency won't ruin the profession.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : April 27, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Some California Firms Made Big Moves Up and Down the Am Law 100 List

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : April 27, 2015

Tech-focused Cooley pushed up the list, and past O'Melveny.

McKenna Long Tax Chief Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 26, 2015

The head of McKenna Long & Aldridge's national tax group leaves ahead of a merger with global legal giant Dentons; Arnold & Porter and Cozen O'Connor both make bulk hires from smaller firms; a Jones Day bankruptcy baron returns; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

DC Moves: Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 24, 2015

A roundup of Washington, D.C. lateral moves and promotions.