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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

Glassdoor Fights Subpoena Seeking Identity of Commenter

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 08, 2016

The owner of a Chicago design firm, represented by Morrison & Foerster, says proving his ex-girlfriend posted negative comments is crucial to defending a defamation suit.

Federal Judge Blocks Release of Anti-Abortion Videos

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 06, 2016

In order granting a preliminary injunction, Judge William Orrick III wrote that secretly recorded videos were "misleadingly edited" and obtained through fraud.

Behind-the-Scenes of Latham's IP Litigation Surge

Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 05, 2016

A disciplined, multi-year hiring spree that brought in partners Douglas Lumish, Richard Frenkel and Jeffrey Homrig helped turn around a listless practice.

Fantasy Sports Class Actions Consolidated in Boston Court

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : February 05, 2016

More than 80 class actions filed against FanDuel and DraftKings alleging that their online sites are rigged have been coordinated into an MDL in Massachusetts. Both companies said that district was the favored venue.

Women's Rights Lawyer to Make SCOTUS Debut in Texas Abortion Case

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : February 03, 2016

As an "argumentative little kid," Stephanie Toti, who will make her first U.S. Supreme Court argument in this term's abortion case, always wanted to be a lawyer, but she found her niche in the law itself in her grandmother's greatest regret in life.

Q&A: Morrison & Foerster Takes On Abortion Foes

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : February 02, 2016

Partner Demme Doufekias discusses her victory in a Louisiana abortion rights challenge, the upcoming Supreme Court showdown in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, and her firm's pro bono advocacy for women's reproductive rights.

On the Move

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 01, 2016

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Lateral All-Stars: The Splashiest Hires of 2015

James Schroeder : The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Twenty-five of last year's most notable and intriguing lateral moves.

Survey: Skadden Is Best-Known U.S. Legal Brand Among GCs

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

Jones Day remains a stable second and DLA Piper and Morgan Lewis are moving up, according to a survey of general counsel by Acritas Research.

Firms See Super Bowl as a Super Bust

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 29, 2016

Davis Polk's Alan Denenberg thought it would be fun to take clients to the game—until he saw the prices.

New DLA Piper Pro Bono Counsel in D.C. Marks Expansion in the Area

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2016

One of the rarest areas for lateral hires has a new face: Suzanna Brickman joined DLA Piper as full-time pro bono counsel. Brickman becomes one of the global firm's seven pro bono lawyers. Generally, full-time pro bono attorneys at firms don't move around much, as there are so few of them. Some firms have one or two. Many large firms have no dedicated pro bono counsel.

Bar, Bench Weigh In on New Discovery Rules

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 28, 2016

Figure out what you want, what you really, really want, advises Fenwick's Laurence Pulgram.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2016

Quinn Emanuel, Robins Kaplan and Greenberg Traurig announce new hires, while Morrison & Foerster has elected three to partner.

WARF Lawyers Shut Down Royalty Claims Over Drug Patent

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 27, 2016

U.S. District Judge Gregory Sleet ruled that Washington University waited to loo long to complain about its share of income from a blockbuster kidney disease treatment.

Houston Hiring Market Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2016

Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Many Customers Won't Hold a Data Breach Against You

Stephanie Forshee : Corporate Counsel : January 26, 2016

Consumers are undoubtedly concerned with data privacy. But they also understand that any company can be prone to data breaches or other privacy violations.

One-in-Three U.S. Consumers Have Made Purchasing Decision Based On Privacy: Survey

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : January 26, 2016

The Morrison & Foerster survey also found that identity theft is an increasing concern for consumers.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Asia Legal Awards 2016

The Asian Lawyer : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2016

For our third annual Asia Legal Awards, we have selected a short list of 27 categories of deals and matters from the region's leading firms and practitioners. Winners will be announced on Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

Montana's $100K Fee Settlement in Marriage Case Pushes National Total to $13.6M

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2016

Montana officials in October agreed to pay $100,000 in legal fees to lawyers who successfully argued against the state's same-sex marriage ban, according to a copy of the agreement recently obtained by The National Law Journal.

Ex-Polycom CEO Settles With SEC Over Lavish Spending

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 22, 2016

Andrew Miller, who resigned in 2013, will pay $450,000 to resolve securities fraud and other charges.

Deal Watch: Rough Times in the Oil Patch

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2016

Unrest in the oil and gas industry and more microchip merger madness have yielded roles for several Am Law 100 firms in The Am Law Daily's look at the latest round of billion-dollar transactions.

Plaintiffs Bar Notches a Rare Win From the Supreme Court

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 20, 2016

Ruling 6-3 in 'Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez,' the high court held that a defendant can't moot a class action by offering full payment to the lead plaintiff.

Courts Still Torn Over Whether Facebook Posts Can Be Discoverable

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 19, 2016

The defendant asked for all photos posted on Facebook. The scope of what was discoverable was limited on appeal.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2016

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

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2016

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

IP Partner Joins MoFo Leadership Ranks

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 10, 2016

Tessa Schwartz has been named to one of four firmwide managing partner posts.

Dickstein's LA Leader Leaves Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2016

An L.A. boutique adds four from Dickstein Shapiro; Barclays bags a Jenner & Block partner; Latham & Watkins lands a chief judge; Locke Lord hires from Volkswagen; Louis Freeh leaves Pepper Hamilton; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Settlement Modifies Handschu Surveillance Guidelines

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2016

The New York City Police Department has agreed to hire an attorney as a civilian representative to monitor its counterterrorism operations under a settlement agreement with civil rights groups that accused the department of unfairly surveilling Muslims.