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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 that merged with Pooley & Oliver on May 3, 2007. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, with 1,029 attorneys the firm is the eighteenth largest law firm in the United States. With respect to revenue, the firm ranked 20th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms with $930,500,000 gross revenue in 2010. Morrison & Foerster has been in the top 25 of the Am Law 100 since 1990. The firm ranked 24th on the 2011 Global 100 rankings in terms of revenue. Morrison & Foerster's practice areas include aviation and aerospace, corporate law, internet, media and entertainment, litigation, mergers and acquisition, and tax law. In addition to multiple U.S. offices, the firm has offices in Brussels, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Revenue for Top-Earning Law Firms Inches Up

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Washington's legal market grew again in 2013, at least when counting revenues generated by the city's 25 top-earning law firms. The results show yet another year of gradual increases.

Special Report: Inside Washington

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Despite Congressional gridlock on a number of critical national issues, legal work that grows from government relations and federal regulation continues to spell opportunity for lobbyists and lawyers.

Pro Se Suits No Picnic for Defense Lawyers

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

It's no secret that certain plaintiffs lawyers make litigators sweat. But even more troubling can be seeing two anxiety-producing words: pro se.

21st Century Fox Sells German, Italian Units for $9 Billion

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

A slew of Am Law and Magic Circle firms advised as 21st Century Fox agreed to offload its pay-television assets in Italy and Germany to British Sky Broadcasting Group in a deal that would provide cash to reignite media mogul Rupert Murdoch's takeover bid for Time Warner.

The Churn: A Dechert Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

A high-powered litigator leaves Dechert, more departures from Bingham McCutchen and a rare outside hire by Wachtell Lipton in our latest look at lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Judge Rejects Lawsuit Over Caregiver Payments

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

A judge has dismissed the lawsuit a foster parents' organization brought in an attempt to alter New York's payments to caretakers that are meant to cover a foster child's daily costs, concluding that federal law provisions did not offer a private right of action.

The Careerist: Big Law Partner to Wed Star of Wonder Years

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 21, 2014

The latest in gossipy, curious and totally irrelevant news about people in law.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Swipe Fee Case Moves Ahead Against Card Companies

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

A group of major merchants that opted out of a $5.7 billion antitrust settlement with Visa and MasterCard have cleared a hurdle in their case against the card companies over swipe fees.

Keker Scores Circuit Win for Intuitive Surgical

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

A decision on Wednesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit could raise the bar for plaintiffs alleging that corporate executives knowingly misled investors.

Apple, Samsung Clash Over Attorney Fees

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Though not a perfect fit, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh is looking to the Supreme Court's recent ruling that relaxed the standard for fee-shifting.

Keker Scores Ninth Circuit Win for Intuitive Surgical

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

A decision from the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals could raise the bar for plaintiffs alleging that corporate executives knowingly misled investors.

Questions Remain With FDA's Social Media Guidance

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 15, 2014

U.S. Food and Drug Administration's social media guidance left questions on mobile access and correcting misinformation.

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Legal forums throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

EU Releases B2B Cloud Standardization Guidelines

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 14, 2014

What will business-to-business cloud standardizations mean for the online industry?

Inadmissible: Best Summer Associate Program

: Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

Vault.com released a list of the top 50 best summer associate programs. The Dallas office of Haynes and Boone ranked No. 44, the only Texas firm to make the list.

The Churn: Dickstein Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Greenberg Traurig has raided Dickstein Shapiro for 13 lawyers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C., Paul Hastings plucks Kaye Scholer's white-collar and internal investigations chair and Troutman Sanders snags Hughes Hubbard's private equity chair in the latest round of lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Turn Up the Heat: Serious Summer Books

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 12, 2014

12 on 12, part two: A baker's dozen of nonfiction books to add to your summer reading list.

Replacing Rader: Sizing up the Short List for the Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

PTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee, a former Google lawyer, is an oft-mentioned candidate—and one who would add Silicon Valley perspective to the influential patent court.

Replacing Rader: The Short List for the Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

PTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee, a former Google lawyer, is an oft-mentioned candidate—and one who would add Silicon Valley perspective to the influential patent court.

The Careerist: Best Firms for the Summer (and After)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 10, 2014

Vault's top law firms for summer programs and associate happiness.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Big Law Finds its Inner Rock Star in Battle of the Bands

Alexandra Wilson : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Morrison & Foerster emerged the winner in Tuesday's Battle of the Bands event in Los Angeles to raise money for domestic violence victims. Band Morrison edged out Proskauer Rose's Legally Blonde and Norton Rose Fulbright's Hostile Witness.

Asia Deal Digest: July 10, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

*King & Wood Mallesons on Puma Energy's $526 million investment in Papua New Guinea*Davis Polk leads aluminum products maker China Hongqiao Group's $400 million bond issue*Baker & McKenzie advises Spanish solar company Gestamp on Japan project financing

Which Big-D Powerhouse Locked in a Spot on Vault's List of Best Summer Associate Programs?

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 08, 2014

"We never want to win an award for the best summer camp program. This is a real experience for them if they came to work here," founding partner Mike Boone said of Haynes and Boone's summer associates.

MoFo Scores for Kaiser in Medical Records Dispute

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

The East Bay jury trial pit MoFo's Arturo Gonzalez against Skadden's Allen Ruby.

More IP Work Going In-house, Less to Outside Firms

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 08, 2014

In-house counsel have gotten a lot more savvy about intellectual property, and law firms should not expect IP to be a growing source of revenue.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

A-List Law Firms Have Feet of Clay

Vivia Chen : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The American Lawyer just published its annual "A-List" issue, but once you look behind the scores, you get a sense that the winners aren't quite as stellar as they first appear.

MoFo Adds M&A Partner in Palo Alto

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

William Choe is rejoining the firm after a stint as vice president with telecom firm Neustar Inc.

The Churn: Fitzpatrick Cella Leader Leaves, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

Mayer Brown has hired Colleen Tracy, former managing partner of New York-based Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where she took the IP firm's leadership reins in 2009. The Am Law Daily looks at Tracy's move and other new arrivals throughout The Am Law 200.

The Rematch

David Bario : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

In another long-running smartphone war, a reversal.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

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

The Careerist: A-Listers, Read This

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

You may be the toast of your profession, but the numbers show you can—and must—do better.

Supreme Court's Mixed Bag

Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

As usual, the U.S. Supreme Court saved its biggest decisions for the end of its term, ruling last week in favor of cellphone privacy, broadcast television, abortion clinic demonstrators and restrictions on presidential power.

Court: No Bar on Retired Judges Taking Public-Sector Jobs

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

In a case closely watched by the state bench, the California Court of Appeal ruled Friday that the law doesn't require judges to wait out their full terms before seeking public-sector employment.

Squire Patton Adds Asia-Focused Partners in Los Angeles

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2014

Kenji Funahashi and Hiroki Suyama are joining from Jones Day and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, respectively.

McKesson Bumps Associate GC to Top Legal Spot

Alexandra Wilson : Corporate Counsel : January 25, 2014

With its GC leaving to head up AmEx's legal department, the McKesson Corporation is promoting Lori Schechter to general counsel.

Reach of Supreme Court's 'Aereo' Ruling Seen as Limited

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 25, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Wednesday handing a major copyright victory to network broadcast companies over the upstart Aereo streaming service was widely seen as narrow and unlikely to stifle new technologies.

Shire Scores in Patent Fight Over ADHD Drug

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 25, 2014

Drugmaker Shire plc announced a big win Wednesday in a patent fight that's pitted the company's lawyers at IP boutique Frommer Lawrence & Haug against a phalanx of larger firms.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 23, 2014

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

Am Law 100 Trio Leads on Starwood's Hotel Buy

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Latham, MoFo and Morgan Lewis are advising on the private equity firm's purchase of Fargo, N.D.-based TMI Hospitality, which operates 188 hotels in 26 states, including Marriott Residence Inn and Comfort Inn.

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

The Churn: Greenberg Adds Two Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Greenberg Traurig raids Patton Boggs and Dentons for new practice chairs in Washington, D.C., and London in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Shook Hardy Set to Sublease Hometown Space

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is downsizing in a Kansas City, Mo., office tower built to house the firm a decade ago. And in seeking to sublease three floors of space in the building where it serves as anchor tenant, Shook Hardy is just the latest Am Law 200 firm to reduce its real estate needs amid an evolving market for legal services.

MoFo Adds Shanghai Real Estate Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Maria Wang was previously a counsel with Allen & Overy in Shanghai.

The Churn: Husch Blackwell Hires Again in Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Husch Blackwell becomes the latest large Midwestern firm to bulk up in the Rockies; Dechert raids Wilmer to launch a life sciences practice in Frankfurt; Sidley Austin shutters its office in Germany's financial capital and other moves from around The Am Law 200.

International Law Firm Mergers Bring Rebound

Leigh Jones : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

The biggest upswing since the recession comes from marriages of U.S. and foreign operations.

Associates Are Doin' It for Themselves

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

For young lawyers, carving out practice niches can be a path to partnership or new careers outside the law.

Suits Mount Over Underwear With Alleged Shape-Enhancing Powers

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Makers of undergarments infused with minerals and nutrients that are promised to improve the wearer's physique and skin tone are feeling the squeeze of litigation.

MoFo Seizes on Supreme Court Rulings in Fee Fight

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

In its latest effort to force Samsung to cover a chunk of its $60 million legal bill to Morrison & Foerster, Apple points to pair of recent Supreme Court rulings giving district judges more discretion to award attorney fees under the Patent Act.

MoFo Seizes on Supreme Court Rulings in Fee Fight

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Partner Rachel Krevans says Apple's litigation with Samsung "must be viewed as exceptional" in light of shifting case law.

The Churn: Akin Gump, Buchanan Ingersoll Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Akin Gump adds more Patton Boggs refugees, Buchanan Ingersoll becomes the latest firm to head for the Rockies and more lateral hires from across the Am Law 200.

Network Security Rivals End Patent War

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Palo Alto Networks, represented by Morrison & Foerster partner Michael Jacobs, agreed to pay Juniper Networks about $175 million to resolve pending suits.

Network Security Rivals End Patent War

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Palo Alto Networks, represented by Morrison & Foerster partner Michael Jacobs, agreed to pay Juniper Networks about $175 million to resolve pending suits.

D.C. Circuit Finds Abuses by 'Porno-Trolling Collective'

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

The disbanded Prenda Law firm, once denounced by a judge as a “porno-trolling collective,” committed discovery abuses and could face sanctions for additional misconduct, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on Tuesday.

D.C. Circuit Finds Abuses by 'Porno-Trolling Collective'

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

The disbanded Prenda Law firm, once denounced by a judge as a "porno-trolling collective," committed discovery abuses and could face sanctions for additional misconduct, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on Tuesday.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Second Circuit Applies 'Morrison' to Reject 'Listing Theory'

Joel C. Haims, Jamie A. Levitt, and James J. Beha II : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Joel C. Haims, Jamie A. Levitt, and James J. Beha II analyze a recent decision that confirms that foreign issuers do not subject themselves to liability under U.S. securities laws for transactions on a foreign exchange by virtue of cross-listing their securities on U.S. exchanges.

Asia Deal Digest: May 22, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

* Allen & Overy guides India's Bharti Airtel on a $2 billion bond issue* Skadden and Davis Polk lead on $1.3 billion Tencent investment in JD.com* Milbank and Latham on a $1.17 billion Indonesian geothermal plant financing

Gateway Settles Computer Warranty Claims

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

An estimated 1.7 million consumers will be eligible for a year's free warranty coverage for their Gateway computers under a settlement of a 2009 putative class action alleging the company left them in the lurch.

After Taking On Apple, Patent Holder Gets Stuck With Ruling It Regrets

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

U.S. District Judge William Orrick III said he won't vacate a claim construction order that sided with Apple on eight of nine disputed terms.

Raskin Takes on President's Role at City Bar

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

As Debra Raskin prepares to assume the role of president of the New York City Bar Association, her to-do list includes access to justice and an effort to broaden membership within the organization.

Open Slot on D.C. Superior Court Draws 19 Candidates

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

Nineteen lawyers, magistrates and administrative law judges are applying for an open seat on the District of Columbia Superior Court, including the wife of the chief judge.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 19, 2014

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

Which German Cities Are Best—or Worst—for Law Firms?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2014

The answer depends on your firm's strategy, strongest practice areas and client base.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

A joint venture of Savanna and KBS Capital Advisors has acquired 110 William St. from Swig Equities and Dubai Investment Group for $261.1 million. Also, retail real estate firm RKF has expanded its midtown New York City headquarters at 521 Fifth Ave.

The Churn: Ballard Spahr Bulks Up in Delaware, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Ballard Spahr snags a leading litigator from the First State, Reed Smith hires Fried Frank's energy head and other lateral moves from around The Am Law 200.

Federal Circuit Revives Oracle Copyrights in Google IP Brawl

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Federal Circuit Revives Oracle Copyrights in Brawl with Google

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Oracle's case against Google threatened to become the biggest litigation flop to emerge from the smartphone wars. But with an appellate turnaround led by Orrick's Josh Rosenkranz, Oracle has vindicated its intellectual property and put Google back on the defensive.

Yahoo Accuses Ex-Employee of Taking Patent, Trade Secrets to Startup

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

Linklaters' Top Bengoshi Joins MoFo

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2014

Akihiro Wani, who served as joint managing partner of Linklaters' Tokyo office from 2005 to 2012, is joining Morrison & Foerster as a senior counselor.

Asia Deal Digest: May 8, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2014

* Simpson Thacher taking China's Alibaba public in the U.S.* Morrison & Foerster helping Chinese train maker test Hong Kong IPO waters* King & Wood Mallesons and Minter Ellison on $1.6 billion Newcastle port lease

MoFo Advising Chinese Train Maker on IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

State-owned China CNR Corp. Ltd. is hoping to raise as much as $1.5 billion through its planned Hong Kong listing.

Alibaba Files for U.S. IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The prospectus filed by the Chinese e-commerce giant Wednesday morning gives the full list of counsel who will be participating in its highly anticipated U.S. initial public offering.

Orrick Puts Would-Be Partners Through Business Boot Camp

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

It's "critically important for legal advisers to understand the business of clients," said firm Chairman Mitchell Zuklie.

Jury Foreman Explains Apple-Samsung Verdict

Julia Love : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

For the eight-member panel, the deposition of a Google Inc. lawyer buttressed Samsung's argument that it was caught in the crosshairs of a larger fight between Apple and Google.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Lateral moves in this week's column.

Jury Foreman Explains Apple-Samsung Verdict

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

Apple walked away with a bigger prize, but it was the story line Quinn Emanuel put forward for Samsung that seemed to stick.

Recorder Names Corporate Practices of the Year

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Jury Awards Apple $119.6 Million in Mixed Verdict

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

The panel, which found infringement on both sides, also awarded $158,400 to Samsung.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 02, 2014

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

Where Is Your Data When You Wear It?

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 02, 2014

With the use of wearable devices set to skyrocket in the next few years, legal professionals need a plan to make sure data is safe.

Jury Awards Apple $119.6 Million in Mixed Verdict

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

A jury determined that Samsung must pay Apple $119.6 million for patent infringement, a fraction of the nearly $2.2 billion that Apple sought in the latest round of the companies' protracted patent battle.

The Art of Hiring

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Three savvy law departments take different approaches to choosing and training, but each yields excellent results.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

In a string of new leases, several investment companies will join the roster at Boston Properties, 250 W. 55th St., at Eighth Avenue. Also, media group Thomson Reuters, headquartered at 3 Times Square, has signed an expansion lease with at Waterfront Corporate Center II in Hoboken, N.J.

Apple-Samsung Lawyers Fire Final Salvos

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

As their latest patent trial drew to a close Tuesday, lawyers for Apple and Samsung took a stab at answering a question that's perplexing some observers: Why are they still going at it?

The Churn: SDNY Prosecutors Join Am Law Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

Brown Rudnick and Ropes & Gray both announce additions of prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office for New York's Southern District.

Apple-Samsung Lawyers Fire Final Salvos

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

As their latest patent trial drew to a close, attorneys took a stab at answering a question at the top of observers' minds: Why are they still going at it?

Mintz Levin Adds IP Partner in Life Sciences Group

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 28, 2014

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

Federal Circuit Patent Ruling Disrupts Apple-Samsung Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Judge Lucy Koh gave each side an hour to contend with a new claim construction for Apple's "quick links" patent.

Federal Circuit Patent Ruling Disrupts Apple-Samsung Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Judge Lucy Koh gave each side an hour to contend with a new claim construction for Apple's "quick links" patent.

Chinese Antitrust Regulators More Than a Speed Bump for Deals

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Nine months after it was announced, the Microsoft-Nokia deal closed last week. The delay, those involved said, was China's emerging antitrust regime.

How IBM, Google and Microsoft Hire In-House Lawyers

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

Three savvy law departments take different approaches to choosing and training, but each yields excellent results.

Initial Public Offerings Are Booming

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 23, 2014

Do we thank the JOBS Act or favorable external factors for the increase?

Google Lawyer Details Defense Pact With Samsung

Julia Love, The Recorder : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

Apple's trial team, led by Morrison & Foerster's Harold McElhinny, plays deposition testimony on Android indemnity agreement.

Google Lawyer Details Defense Pact With Samsung

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Apple's trial team, led by Harold McElhinny, plays deposition testimony on Android indemnity agreement.

Amid IPO Wave, Firms Ride Rising Fee Tide

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

The Am Law Daily looks at Am Law 100 firms reaping fees for new listings, which have soared in recent years.

Head of IP at Altera Moves to Dolby Labs

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Brian Way will oversee patent licensing and advise on IP strategy.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

The Careerist: Wachtell Lipton Is Family Friendly?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 21, 2014

The ultimate high-intensity firm is also sensitive to personal needs?

The Churn: Patton Boggs Trio Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Three more partners have left struggling Patton Boggs for new endeavors.

Morrison & Foerster Adds Singapore Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Shirin Tang was previously a counsel in the Singapore office of Shearman & Sterling.

Dealmakers of the Year: Gary Lee, Morrison & Foerster

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 17, 2014

To get bankrupt mortgage servicer Residential Capital back on its feet, Lee looked beyond the Second Circuit for a precedent.

Judge Awards Fees in Apple Warranty Litigation

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Over objections from Apple, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg approved a payout topping $13 million.

Samsung Experts Take Aim at Apple Patents

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Apple patents covering universal search, slide to unlock and quick linking features are all invalid, Samsung witnesses insisted Tuesday.

Samsung Experts Shoot Down Apple Patents

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Apple patents covering universal search, slide to unlock and quick linking features are all invalid, Samsung witnesses insisted Tuesday.

The Churn: Bingham Hedge Fund Duo Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Two prominent hedge fund partners and a privacy practice cochair have left Bingham McCutchen.

Settlements Pending for Los Angeles Schools, Homeless

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Pro bono organization Public Counsel has inked two class action settlements that would reinstitute funds to struggling schools and homeless residents in the Los Angeles area affected by California’s budget crisis.

Google Engineers Take Stage in Apple-Samsung Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

They testify about their role in creating phone features that Apple says it invented.

Google Engineers Take Stage in Apple-Samsung Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

A trio of Google engineers testified Monday in Apple and Samsung's latest trial over smartphone and tablet technology, sending the message that they came up with the Android operating system all on their own.

12 on 12: Technology Spring-Cleaning Tips

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 12, 2014

Spring is finally signaling its arrival. What better time to declutter your technology.

Davis Polk, Cahill, S&C Handle Year's Biggest IPO to Date

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Three years after first filing to go public in a bid to repay a $17.2 billion federal government bailout, Ally Financial, the former finance arm of auto giant General Motors, raised nearly $2.4 billion in an IPO Thursday that sees principal investor the U.S. Treasury Department slash its stake in the company. Davis Polk & Wardwell, Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the offering, the latest to hit surging U.S. capital markets in recent weeks.

Ware Whacked for Rubber-Stamping Apple Settlement

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

A Ninth Circuit panel seems likely to reject a 2012 class action settlement, and $3.1 million fee award, OK'd by former U.S. District Judge James Ware.

Apple Settlement Comes Under Fire at Ninth Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

A Ninth Circuit panel seemed likely to reject a 2012 class action settlement, and a $3.1 million fee award, that was approved by former U.S. District Judge James Ware.

Apple Expert Backs $2 Billion Damages Demand

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

Teva Asks High Court to Block Generics Ahead of Copaxone Ruling

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

could usher in a new era of deference to trial judges in patent cases. But Teva's lawyers reminded the Supreme Court on Monday that there's real money at stake in the case as well.

Target Data-Breach Litigation Coordinated in Minnesota

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

A federal panel has ordered about 100 consumer class actions filed against Target Corp. over its data breach transferred to Minnesota, where lawyers in related derivative shareholder actions have moved to appoint lead counsel.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 04, 2014

McElhinny sticks with favorite formula … Quinn shakes things up for Samsung … LinkedIn GC cashes out

Samsung Lawyer Grills Apple Exec About Google 'Holy War'

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

William Price of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan confronted one witness with a memo from Apple's late CEO, Steve Jobs, insisting the company must "catch up to Google."

Asia Deal Digest: April 3, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

* HWL Ebsworth advises restructuring Aussie mall developer Westfield on $20 billion in loan facilities* Slaughter and May and Freshfields on Singapore bank's proposed $5 billion Hong Kong acquisition* Skadden guides Chinese antivirus software maker on $300 million U.S. IPO

Three Partners Join Zhong Lun in Shanghai

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The trio includes former King & Wood Mallesons and Morrison & Foerster partner Edward Li.

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 02, 2014

A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Bowser wins DC mayoral primary; GM hires Kenneth Feinberg; Apple and Samsung in trial again.

EDD School House: Corporate Risks of Social Media

Gerline Fleury Johnson : Law Technology News : January 02, 2014

Compelling, daylong Practicing Law Institute course hit the mark, but danced around e-discovery issues.

Yee Hires a New Defense Attorney in Corruption Case

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Meanwhile, court's CJA unit takes on task of finding local lawyers to defend others charged.

MoFo CMO Is Moving On

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

In Apple-Samsung Feud, Fresh Trial Opens on Familiar Note

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

Morrison & Foerster partner Harold McElhinny largely stuck to themes that have worked for Apple with two previous juries, while Samsung lawyer John Quinn made some adjustments.

News Corp, Murdoch Beat Investor Claims Over Hacking Scandal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

With help from Skadden, News Corp. and its CEO, Rupert Murdoch, have dodged a proposed securities fraud class action over the company's phone-hacking scandal—at least for the time being.

HP Reaches $57 Million Deal to End Class Action Over WebOs

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

Hewlett-Packard shocked investors when it pulled the plug on the company's much-touted WebOs operating system and signaled a wholesale shift in business strategy. Now HP and its lawyers at Morgan Lewis and Gibson Dunn have agreed to a $57 million settlement to make investor claims over the episode go away.

Lawyers Strike Some Familiar Notes in Apple-Samsung Openings

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

Morrison & Foerster partner Harold McElhinny largely stuck to themes that have worked for Apple with two previous juries, while Samsung lawyer John Quinn made some adjustments.

U.S. Supreme Court Enters Another Sticky Wicket of Patent Law

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

Accepting its first patent case for the 2014 term, the court agreed to review , a case that addresses the standard of review for claims construction.

Cover Story: Dealmakers of the Year 2014

: The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

A dozen attorneys who distinguished themselves with their work on the year's most notable transactions.

Apple v. Samsung: The Sequel

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Both sides have had a chance to retool and they're back with a vengeance.

Panel Weighs Venue in Target Data Breach

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Minnesota is one obvious place to coordinate approximately 100 lawsuits filed over Target Corp.’s data breach, but a divided gathering of plaintiffs lawyers argued Thursday for alternative jurisdictions in Illinois, California, Louisiana and Colorado.

It's Different There: Hiring and Firing in the EU

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 26, 2014

General counsel often face a plethora of differing labor and employment laws in the European Union, making it difficult to stay within the lines during hiring and firing.

Financial Reform

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "The Volcker Rule's Impact on Incentive Compensation," "Targeted Returns Under FINRA's Communication Rules," "'Banking in the 21st Century: Navigating Uncharted Waters," and "FDIC Issues 'Single Point of Entry' Resolution Strategy."

In-House Counsel Profile: Adobe Systems Inc.'s Mike Dillon

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Mike Dillon joined Adobe in 2012, attracted by what he describes as its culture of creativity and openness. "I feel like one of the guys who goes to Reno and pulls the lever and hits five cherries," he said.

The Global Lawyer: The Noose Tightens on Chevron Litigation Backers

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Chevron's case against online poker magnate Russell DeLeon over his funding of the Lago Agrio pollution case is gaining traction. Any funder or lawyer involved in the business of enforcing foreign judgments would be wise to pay attention.

Banking in the 21st Century: Navigating Uncharted Waters

Anna T. Pinedo and Oliver I. Ireland : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Anna T. Pinedo and Oliver I. Ireland of Morrison Foerster write: It is still unclear how the different regulatory requirements will interact to shape bank balance sheets and how they will affect access to financial services for banks' commercial customers. It is clear, however, that these requirements will have significant impacts on how banks finance, how they invest, the business that they conduct, and their willingness to lend.

The Score: March Madness Edition

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

With the field set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, others can agonize over their brackets. The Am Law Daily's focus is on the lawyers and law firms with ties to the NCAA and the nation's top college sports conferences.

Asia Deal Digest: March 13, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

* MoFo advises Singapore's GLP on its $1.4 billion purchase of Brazilian warehouse space* Chinese auction house Poly Group turns to Clifford Chance for $331 million IPO* Davis Polk and Skadden on Tencent's strategic alliance with online retailer JD.com.

Recent FINRA Action Highlights Commitment to Protecting Elderly

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 10, 2014

A recent Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's enforcement action against Matrix Capital Group related to variable annuity sales practices highlights securities regulators' renewed commitment to protecting retirees. reports.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Jennifer Weiss joins Goulston & Storrs' tax practice as partner in the Boston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

MoFo Advises Global Logistic Properties on Brazil Deal

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The Singapore-based company is buying 34 warehouses, most of which are in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, from commercial real estate investor BR Properties SA.

Wilmer Beats Ricoh Bid to Undo Kodak Jury Win

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Ricoh and its lawyers at Quinn Emanuel failed Thursday in their attempt to knock out a portion of the $75.8 million the company owes Eastman Kodak Company in a patent licensing dispute.

Pro Bono Award Goes to Microsoft GC, Legal Department

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2014

The Pro Bono Institute has named general counsel Brad Smith and Microsoft Corporation's department of legal and corporate affairs as the joint recipients of its 2014 Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award.

Federal Circuit Revives Apple Patent Case, Hears $368M VirnetX Appeal

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

One Federal Circuit panel issued a decision reviving a patent infringement lawsuit against the company in California, while another heard arguments in the appeal of a whopping $368 million jury verdict that Apple lost to VirnetX Inc. in 2012.

Appellate Elites Learn to Love Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

With big money at stake, lawyers known for Supreme Court advocacy, such as Hogan's Neal Katyal, are appearing more often in the Federal Circuit.

Appellate Elites Learn to Love Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

With big money at stake, lawyers known for Supreme Court advocacy, such as Hogan's Neal Katyal, are appearing more often in the Federal Circuit.

The Clients Are Real, the Pitches Are Just for Practice

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

In-house IP counsel from the likes of Apple, Cisco, Nike and Facebook teamed up to help junior women lawyers learn the art of selling themselves.

The Hurdles to Virtual Wallet Implementation

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

Regulatory and legal issues make using mobile payments less than smooth.

SEC to Provide More Scrutiny of Investment Advisers

Isobel Markham : Law.com : January 27, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a new initiative aimed at investment advisers who are registered with the agency but have never been scrutinized.

Feds Issue Rules for Banks and Pot Businesses

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 26, 2014

Among other things, the rules for reporting suspicious activity don't go up in smoke with the legalization of marijuana.

Judge Dismisses Investor Suit Against Zynga

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 26, 2014

Plaintiffs lawyers will have a chance to revise charges that executives hid problems at the gaming company to personally profit.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Kaye Scholer, Revenue Dips Again

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Kaye Scholer saw its gross revenue decline for the third straight year in 2013, but the firm managed to eke out small gains in revenue per lawyer and profits per equity partner thanks to an accompanying contraction within its attorney ranks, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Chadbourne, Proskauer Lose Supreme Court Bid to Block Stanford Class Actions

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2014

In a highly anticipated decision interpreting the reach of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, the court green-lighted investor claims against Chadbourne & Parke, Proskauer Rose and other advisers of convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford.

The Churn: Latham Adds from Ropes in Boston, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

A Boston-based white-collar litigator jumps to Latham & Watkins from Ropes & Gray; Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck gains five intellectual property lawyers; and Morrison & Foerster welcomes back a former partner from the Obama administration.

Senate Confirms Two for Northern District Judgeships

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Beth Labson Freeman and James Donato will fill seats vacated by judges Jeremy Fogel and James Ware.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

'Phantom Income' Haunting Ex-Howrey Partners

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

A $41 million settlement reached by the Howrey estate and Baker & Hostetler last year may have been a windfall for the defunct firm's creditors, but it will result in substantial tax bills for former Howrey partners—three of whom insist they shouldn't have to pay.

Federal Bankruptcy Judge to Join Global Law Firm

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

After presiding over the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, former Southern District Bankruptcy Judge James Peck will become co-chairman of Morrison & Foerster's global business-restructuring and insolvency group.

Settlement Reached to Curb Solitary Confinement Abuse

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

The agreement arose from a class action lawsuit filed by the NYCLU, alleging that the Department of Community Corrections used confinement sanctions to penalize a disproportionate number of black and mentally ill prisoners for behavior that did not endanger other prisoners.

MoFo Takes Role in New York Deal on Solitary Confinement

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Under a settlement negotiated with lawyers from the New York Civil Liberties Union and pro bono counsel at Morrison & Foerster, the New York State Corrections Department agreed this week to change the way it uses solitary confinement to punish prisoners.

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

* Weil and MoFo on Chinese consortium's $2.5 billion logistics investment* Clifford Chance advising China's Dongfeng Motor Group on a proposed $1.1 billion investment in French automaker Peugeot* Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker & McKenzie on $1.37 billion Aussie utility deal

Weil, MoFo on $2.5 Billion Logistics Investment

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2014

A group of Chinese investors is buying a stake in Singapore-based warehouse operator Global Logistics Properties.

The Churn: MoFo Lands Judge Peck, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

MoFo hires the federal bankruptcy judge who oversaw Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 case; nine securitization and structured finance attorneys leave Jones Day to join Chapman and Cutler; and Latham adds its third private equity partner from Clifford Chance in the past year.

Commercial Division Enforces Forum-Selection Bylaw

Joel C. Haims and James J. Beha II : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Morrison & Foerster's Joel C. Haims and James J. Beha II write that the Delaware Chancery Court's 2013 decision in 'Boilermakers' made clear that, as a matter of Delaware law at least, forum-selection bylaws are permissible and enforceable. But it will be up to courts in other jurisdictions to actually enforce them.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

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

British Firms Not Conceding on U.S. Law Work in Asia

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Slaughter and May's recent recruitment in Hong Kong of its first-ever lateral and first-ever U.S. law partner underscores the importance of U.S. law in Asia capital markets in particular. Though top British firms have notably failed to flourish in New York, they are determined to not let U.S. law become their Achilles heel in Hong Kong, where they face stiff competition from actual American firms.

Big Law Tax Partner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

S.F.'s James Kleier faces a year in prison after admitting he didn't file returns while earning $1.3 million at Reed Smith.

Samsung Fights Apple's $15.7 Million Fee Request

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Despite winning at trial, Apple can't meet the high bar for recouping legal fees, argues Samsung's counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Samsung Fights Apple's $15.7 Million Fee Request

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Despite winning at trial, Apple can't meet the high bar for recouping legal fees, argues Samsung's counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A string of New York securities litigators are on the move; Bingham loses two Los Angeles–based lawyers to Winston and a partner in San Francisco to Manatt; and a former U.S. ambassador rejoins Jones Day.

Warner Bros. Names Deputy GC to Focus on Franchising

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2014

Former MoFo lawyer and Warner veteran Ana de Castro will lead licensing and properties programs.

IP Dealmaker Exits Orrick for MoFo

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Legislation Afoot To Guard Against Target-Type Consumer Data Leaks

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 12, 2014

The massive security breach that compromised the information of tens of millions of Target shoppers has spawned lawsuits around the country and legislation aimed at protecting consumers from similar catastrophes.

As Feds Release Cybersecurity Framework, State Eyes Tougher Data Rules

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

$2.1 Million in Sales Tax Upheld for Hustler Club

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

The Hustler Club in Manhattan sells "sexual fantasy," not artistic performance, and the scrip purchased by patrons to buy lap dances and tip strippers is subject to state sales and use taxes, an administrative law judge has concluded.

Judge Rebukes MoFo Over Apple v. Samsung Closing

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh delivered a stern rebuke to Apple's lawyers for seemingly appealing to nationalism and xenophobia at the company's damages retrial against Korean rival Samsung.

In a Challenging Economy, Some Firms Pulled Away From the Pack

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Richard Dickson's Fenwick, along with Cooley, saw gains in all the major metrics, but other firms fell flat or faltered.

Apple, Samsung Disclose Pared Down Infringement Charges

Lisa Holton : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

In advance of their next court showdown, Apple and Samsung exchanged final lists of the patents and devices they intend to focus on at trial.

MoFo Helps Pharma Client Craft $4.3 Billion Development Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Legal Team Throws Out the Usual Playbook

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The experienced litigators at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg knew just when to use unusual trial strategies last year to catch their courtroom opponents off guard.

The Careerist: Don't Look for Absolution in Law

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 03, 2014

News about fabulist Stephen Glass, the English Maiden, and Dilworth's new chairman.

The Lateral All-Stars

Hillary Flynn, Tom Brennan, Chris Johnson and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

Wheeling and Dealing

Julia Love : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Apple tries to get Samsung to pay some of its fees.

For MoFo, a Flat Year

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

MoFo Launches @MoFoWomen

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 31, 2014

Twitter feed promotes the success of women in the legal profession.

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

Judge Rejects Fee Bid in $20 Billion Sprint M&A Challenge

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

A gaggle of top plaintiffs firms that challenged a $20 billion deal involving Sprint got some disappointing news this week when a Kansas judge denied their bid for $8 million in fees.

Asia Deal Digest: January 30, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

* Stephenson Harwood guides a Vietnamese budget airline in for a $9 billion jet order* Weil advises Lenovo and Cleary guides Google on their $2.9 billion smartphone deal* Cleary has its turn acting for Lenovo on its $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM's low-end server business