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Morrison & Foerster LLP

  • Designation: San Francisco
  • Head Count: 941
  • Gross Revenues: $979,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,040,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,555,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Morrison & Foerster is a San Francisco-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Morrison & Foerster has 941 attorneys and is the 28th largest firm in the United States.  With $979,500,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 28th on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2015 Global 100 survey, Morrison & Foerster ranked as the 36th 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 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 28 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 25 -3 Lawyer head count
The A-List 19 -2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 8 15 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 12 -2 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 34 22 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 11 65 Summer programs

In the News

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 11, 2016

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

MoFo Suit Would Block Sale of Storied Plum Island

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : July 08, 2016

Federal property off Long Island coast houses an animal disease research lab long shrouded in mystery.

Tech Continues to Drive Growth at Calif. Firms

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : July 08, 2016

Valley specialists like Gunderson saw head counts surge, while firms with more general practices like Latham & Watkins also saw an uptick in the state and nationally.

Increasing Role Seen for States in Privacy, Information Security Laws

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : July 07, 2016

Part of the reason for the state involvement is that the federal government often is not enacting laws on these subjects, Morrison & Foerster's Andrew Serwin says.

Allen & Overy China IP Head to Leave for Alibaba Affiliate

Frances Ivens : Legal Week : July 05, 2016

Allen & Overy's China IP head Benjamin Bai is leaving the firm to join China's Ant Financial as vice-president and chief IP counsel.

Orrick Hires Silicon Valley Vet with International Credential

Scott Graham : The Recorder : July 04, 2016

After managing the patent system for the UN, James Pooley goes back to Big Law to help clients with trade secret cases.

Japan Still Sees Fewer Female Law Firm Partners

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 04, 2016

The number of female lawyers in Japan has been growing steadily for the past 25 years, accounting for just above 18 percent of the country's lawyer population. The challenge now is how they can advance their careers more.

Client Has No Claim to Lawyer's Communication With Firm GC

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : July 01, 2016

Discussions between a law firm's attorneys and the firm's general counsel about ethical obligations in representing a client can be withheld from the client based on attorney-client privilege, a Manhattan appeals court ruled Thursday.

Big Suits

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : July 01, 2016

Client Has No Claim to Lawyer's Communication With Firm GC

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : June 30, 2016

Discussions between a law firm's attorneys and the firm's general counsel about ethical obligations in representing a client can be withheld from the client based on attorney-client privilege, a Manhattan appeals court ruled Thursday.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Latham Duo for New Frankfurt Office

Rose Walker : The Am Law Daily : June 30, 2016

On the heels of the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union, two corporate partners are leaving Latham & Watkins, including the latter's Frankfurt office leader, to open a new outpost for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

June Laterals: Firms Snap Up Ex-Government and White Collar Litigators

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 29, 2016

Many of June's most notable lateral hires involved litigators exiting the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Other significant moves featured lawyers who specialize in being adverse to the government. Thanks, Uncle Sam.

Cooley Raids Pillsbury, MoFo for Two Big IP Hires

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : June 28, 2016

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's trademark practice leader in L.A. and a young IP partner at MoFo in Silicon Valley have decamped for Cooley.

GoPro Sues Polaroid Over Patent Infringement

Ross Todd : The Recorder : June 28, 2016

Adventure camera company GoPro Inc. is going after the companies behind a rival Polaroid-branded camera with claims of patent infringement.

Brexit Won't Affect Current Patent Cases, But It Might Kill European Patent Court Plans

Scott Graham : Law.com : June 28, 2016

The United Kingdom's Brexit vote won't disrupt current patent practice in Europe, practitioners said Friday, but it will surely cause further delays—and possibly even kill—plans for a unified European patent court.

Supreme Court Will Hear Antitrust Case Over ATM Fees

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : June 28, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear an antitrust case that accuses Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and three major banks—Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo—of conspiring to inflate ATM access fees.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Wants Case to Stay Open

: The Associated Press : June 27, 2016

After 20 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit, Richard Rosario was about to get the charges dropped Friday. Until he said no.

What Brexit Means for Patent and Trademark Practices

Scott Graham : The Recorder : June 27, 2016

The vote is likely to delay, and even kill, plans for a Unified Patent Court, and may require EU trademark holders to refile in the UK.

Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 27, 2016

While Friday's Brexit vote has likely cast a potential shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union.

Did Wilson Sonsini Dictate Terms to Microsoft?

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 24, 2016

That's one way to understand a data analysis that found the firm's fingerprints all over the agreement to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

Orrick on JD.Com's $1.5B Deal With Walmart

Frances Ivens : Legal Week : June 21, 2016

The Chinese ecommerce company will take over the Chinese online business Yihaodian and in exchange give a 5 percent stake to the American retailer.

Covington, Slaughter and May on Tencent's $8.6B Gaming Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 21, 2016

The Shenzhen-based technology company is leading a consortium to buy an 84.3 percent stake in game developer Supercell from Japan's SoftBank and the game maker's employees. The deal, Tencent's largest-ever acquisition, values Supercell at $10.2 billion.

Associate Salary Hikes Are Hard to Swallow, Some GCs Say

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 17, 2016

Some general counsel in Silicon Valley question the need for the recent wave of salary hikes for associates at leading California firms.

MoFo Doubled Down on IP Summer Program

Rebecca Cohen and Scott Graham : The Recorder : June 17, 2016

Morrison & Foerester has reaped the rewards of a two-year summer program for students interested in IP and the firm's big tech clients.

Those Challenging Bronx Delays Lack Standing, State AG Argues

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : June 16, 2016

Plaintiffs in a class action suit against New York's court system claiming that long delays and backlogs in Bronx Criminal Court are violating their rights lack standing to bring the suit because there are currently no pending charges against them, a government attorney said on Wednesday.

Skadden Hires Tokyo Partner From MoFo

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 13, 2016

Corporate lawyer Kenji Taneda advises on initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

No Simple Formula: How Chinese Law Firms Pay Their Partners

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 13, 2016

In the second installment of a two-part article, we look at partner compensation at Chinese law firms. In recent years, many firms have overhauled their compensation systems, trying to balance growth with integration.

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 13, 2016

Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Calif. Firms Slow to the Draw in Salary Wars

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : June 10, 2016

It took several days for news of Cravath's associate salary hikes to cause California's largest firms to act.

Stanford Rape Judge Is Why We Need Judicial Elections

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 08, 2016

Here's one good reason why we should elect our judges: it's a way to get rid of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky.