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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 2014 Global 100 survey, Morrison & Foerster ranked as the 35th 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

Apple Beats iMessage Intercept Suit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : December 01, 2015

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said claims of missing text messages don't fit under the Wiretap Act.

Sidley Adds MoFo Partner to Growing Tech & IP Transactions Team

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : December 01, 2015

Russell Weiss, who represents clients in the entertainment and media industries, has joined Sidley Austin's Los Angeles office.

A New Brazil Base for Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Paul Hastings adds an energy and project finance partner to open in São Paulo; Hogan Lovells makes three new hires; Northwestern nabs a Jenner & Block practice leader; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Am Law All-Stars Seek to Avert Daily Fantasy Sports Shutdown

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : November 25, 2015

Boies Schiller, Debevoise and Gibson Dunn took the lead for the two leading daily fantasy sports companies—DraftKings and FanDuel—in their bid to beat back New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's bid to ban them from operating in the Empire State.

INADMISSIBLE: Former Patent Board Judge Goes In-House

: The National Law Journal : November 23, 2015

The former chief judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is coming clean. James Smith has joined Ecolab Inc., a Fortune 500 chemical company that promotes sanitation in everything from hospitals to drinking water to farm animals. Plus more in this week's column.

Pillsbury Mines Fees from Enviro Group's Novel Coal Plan

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 23, 2015

In a first-of-its-kind deal, a team of Pillsbury lawyers helped a Virginia conservation group get into the coal mining business.

Deal Watch: Cleary Gottlieb, Wachtell Light Up on Big Gas Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2015

Five years after a nasty takeover battle, industrial gas distribution giant Airgas and its lawyers from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz present another acquisition to shareholders.

Litigator of the Week: Steven Thomas of Thomas, Alexander & Forrester

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : November 19, 2015

The Sullivan & Cromwell partner turned plaintiffs lawyer says a verdict he won against Ernst & Young may be his most significant yet.

Litigation Partner Becomes Eastern District Judge

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : November 18, 2015

LaShann DeArcy Hall, a Morrison & Foerster partner, was confirmed as an Eastern District judge on Monday by the U.S. Senate, filling a position that opened when Judge Nicholas Garaufis took senior status in October 2014.

K&L Gates Expands Abroad and Shutters in Spokane, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2015

New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.

MoFo Urges Judge to Toss Malpractice Case Over Puda Coal Offering

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2015

Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank's ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it'll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.

Valley's New GCs Snag Millions in Equity

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 18, 2015

At HP Inc., Kim Rivera's package is all in restricted stock, while new GCs at eBay and PayPal received a mix of options and RSUs.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for Emerging Markets Awards 2015

: The Asian Lawyer : November 18, 2015

Both regional and international firms alike took home trophies for their work on the most innovative and creative deals and disputes in Southeast Asia and India. Here's the full list of winners.

Autodesk Scores Apology in Copyright Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : November 18, 2015

As part of a settlement secured by Morrison & Foerster and Freshfields, China's ZWCAD Software Co. issued a public apology and agreed to remove infringing products from the market.

Morrison & Foerster Adds Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 17, 2015

Former Proskauer Rose associate Jason Nelms has joined the San Francisco-based firm's funds group.

Governor Appoints 25 to State Bench

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : November 17, 2015

Five Bay Area lawyers are among the new crop of state judges.

The 2015 Appellate Hot List: Winning Big Cases, Changing the Law

: The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

The 20 firms on these pages represent appellate advocacy at its strongest.

Morrison & Foerster

Michael Moline : The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

It's been one year since Joseph Palmore joined fellow U.S. Solicitor General's Office veteran Deanne Maynard as co-leader of Morrison & Foerster's 10-attorney appellate practice.

White & Case Retrenches in Germany With Munich Closure

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2015

The shakeup of the German legal market continues, with White & Case set to close its Munich office in early 2016.

Sports Sites Blitzed by Suits

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. are facing about 40 class actions claiming that the online daily fantasy sport sites fraudulently enticed customers into participating in illegal gambling.

Why Snapchat, the Service That 'Disappears' Your Video, Is a Success

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : November 11, 2015

A Morrison & Foerster lawyer offers his opinion on why the popular disappearing-act app has garnered such a following.

Dickinson Wright Debuts Health Care Venture, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2015

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Apple Appeals PTO Denial of Touchscreen Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : November 07, 2015

Company complains that the agency took years to render its conclusory rejection.

Patent Suit Claims GoPro Copied Polaroid Camera's Look

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : November 04, 2015

GoPro Inc., a maker of cameras used in surfing and other sports, has been accused in a patent infringement suit in federal court in Newark of copying the design of a small, cube-shaped Polaroid camera.

MoFo Team Tapped for Suit Against GoPro

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 03, 2015

C&A Marketing, maker of Polaroid brand cameras, accuses GoPro of copying the design of its Polaroid Cube.

Seyfarth Shaw Taps nQueue to Strengthen Efficiency and Reduce Paper

Mike Susong : Legaltech News : November 03, 2015

Automated scanning and routing software a perfect fit for Seyfarth culture and processes.

Shout-Out: Cooley Kills $380M Antitrust Suit

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : November 02, 2015

“Expensive, bitter, time‐consuming and hard‐fought.” That's how a federal judge in Miami described a $380 million antitrust battle between two pharmaceutical manufacturing and marketing companies.

A Holland & Knight Partner Heads to Cambodia, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : November 02, 2015

A United Nations war crimes tribunal for former members of the Khmer Rouge reels in a Holland & Knight partner; Kilpatrick Townsend sets up shop in Texas; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Trolling the Jury: Voir Dire in the Digital Age

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : October 30, 2015

Social media opens new frontiers—and poses new questions—in jury selection.

Sanctuary for Families Awards

: New York Law Journal : October 29, 2015

Sanctuary for Families presented a leadership award to Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, New York City's senior advisor on gender equity, at its 13th annual Above & Beyond Pro Bono Awards. The organization also recognized firms for providing pro bono staffing to New York City's Human Trafficking Intervention Courts.