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Morrison & Foerster LLP

  • Designation: San Francisco
  • Head Count: 1,010
  • Gross Revenues: $1,000,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $990,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,470,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

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 20 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 20 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 22 -4 Lawyer head count
The A-List 11 2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 16 5 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 9 -1 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 34 22 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 11 65 Summer programs

In the News

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Churn: Dechert and MoFo's Revolving Door, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Morrison & Foerster hires the Justice Department's top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcer Charles Duross, while Dechert's white-collar and securities litigation cochair Benjamin Rosenberg is poised to leave his firm to become the New York County District Attorney's Office's next general counsel. Meanwhile, a Paul Weiss litigation partner is headed for the nonprofit sector. .

Justice Dept. Top FCPA Cop Heads to Morrison & Foerster

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

After four years at the U.S. Department of Justice leading the charge against Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violators, Charles Duross soon will offer his help to Morrison & Foerster clients looking to keep DOJ's FCPA investigators at bay.

In-House Counsel Profile: Erin Lewin, senior vice presidentand general counsel for Avnet Inc.

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Erin Lewin heads a legal department of 114 people, including 23 lawyers and 60 contract managers. Roughly half the attorneys are located outside the United States.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Orrin Harrison III joins Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank as partner in the Dallas office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

DOJ's Top FCPA Cop Heads to Morrison & Foerster

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 27, 2014

After four years at the U.S. Department of Justice leading the charge against Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violators, Charles Duross will offer his help to Morrison & Foerster clients looking to keep the DOJ's FCPA investigators at bay.

MoFo Nabs Top FCPA Prosecutor Charles Duross

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

After testing the waters at about a half-dozen law firms, the Justice Department's outgoing FCPA enforcer is joining Morrison & Foerster to lead the firm's global anticorruption practice.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Breyer blows the whistle … 'Hail Mary' Harriman … McKool Smith lines up in new formation

Slaughter and May Hires Hong Kong Lateral

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

John Moore will become the Magic Circle firm's first lateral partner ever when he joins from Morrison & Foerster next month.

The Churn: K&S Adds Two From Fried Frank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

King & Spalding bolsters its white-collar group by recruiting a pair of partners of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Meanwhile, three Am Law firms open new offices with lateral hires. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements to thechurn@alm.com.

Social Media Cursing Is OK, Under the Right Conditions

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2014

Making a Facebook comment about your boss? It's concerted and protected activity, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

Social Media Cursing Is OK, Under the Right Conditions

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2014

Making a Facebook comment about your boss? It's concerted and protected activity, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

Asia Deal Digest: January 23, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

* S&C, Simpson on Anheuser-Busch InBev's $5.8 billion repurchase of Korea's Oriental Brewery from PE shops* Simpson, S&C again on a $2.5 billion Mitsubishi Motors share sale* Linklaters advises Hong Kong conglomerate Jardine Matheson on an investment in car dealerships in China

A Dozen New Partners at Bradley Arant, All of Them Men

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Birmingham–based Bradley Arant Boult Cummings welcomed 12 of its attorneys to the firm's partnership last week, none of them women. So far, seven Am Law 200 firm have announced new partner classes this year made up entirely of men.

Foley Nabs Seyfarth's L.A. Litigation Chief

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

Intel Channels Help From Three Firms for Sale of TV Unit

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

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

Justices Lift 'Burden of Proof' From Medical Device Company

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 22, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously in favor of the medical device company Medtronic Inc. in a patent dispute over who has the burden of proof in certain infringement lawsuits.

Editorials: What Lawyers And Law Firms Can Do

: The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 22, 2014

When an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, gender-based violence became more frequent as women living in tent camps had little physical barriers to protect them. Jayne Fleming, pro bono counsel at the international law firm Reed Smith, had the unique idea that she would try to help these women secure humanitarian parole in the United States. The alternative, to do nothing, was not really an option.

MoFo Loses Bid to Topple Patent Law Doctrine

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

A state court gambit in the brawl between Palo Alto Networks and Juniper fell flat before Santa Clara Judge James Kleinberg.

MoFo Lands on Two $1.5 Billion M&A Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

The firm nabbed lead roles on cloud computing company VMware's $1.54 billion purchase of mobile security provider AirWatch, and the $1.56 billion sale of Finnish steelmaker Rautaruukki to Swedish rival SSAB. MoFo is advising VMware and the firm teamed up with White & Case and Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyra to represent SSAB. Kilpatrick Townsend and Willkie also have roles in the AirWatch sale.

Will the Asia Shakeout Ever Come?

By Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

What's the solution to the overly competitive market for legal services in Asia? Many international law firms in Asia are simply counting on their weaker rivals to eventually give up and go home, leaving a bigger pie for everybody else. But Asian Lawyer editor Anthony Lin says they shouldn't bet on that scenario.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Big Mac is back … Gibson friends Facebook … Flag on the play

Valley Building Boom Keeps Land Use Lawyers Busy

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Advised by Morrison & Foerster, Apple is embarking on the construction of a new Cupertino headquarters in the shape of a colossal spaceship.

Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 16, 2014

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

MoFo Sidelines Gibson for Lead Role in Apple II Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Harold McElhinny, who led Apple to victory against Samsung in 2012, has taken the reins for the companies' upcoming showdown over newer products.

Amid Practice Leader Losses, Dorsey Plots Turnaround

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

A year after an abrupt management change spurred a firmwide restructuring, three practice group leaders have recently left Dorsey & Whitney for positions elsewhere. Departures aside, Dorsey managing partner Kenneth Cutler tells The Am Law Daily that the firm's gross revenue rose last year for the first time in six years against the backdrop of a shifting legal landscape that has seen leading Minneapolis-based rivals Faegre & Benson and Leonard, Street and Deinard strike merger deals.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Six firms announce promotions, while Karlinsky LLC and Sidley Austin announce new additions and Cozen O'Connor has named Abby Wenzel and Bernard Lee to cochair the firm's real estate practice.

Winner, Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year: Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 14, 2014

Locked in a worldwide patent fight with Samsung, Apple has relied on an army of Wilmer lawyers. Wins for the iPhone giant include the first reversal of an International Trade Commission exclusionary order in more than 25 years.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

Trio of Firms Advise on AMPAC Acquisition

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Nazomi Loses Patent Fight Against Western Digital, Sling

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a prior ruling that Western Digital Corp. and Sling Media Inc. do not infringe two Nazomi patents relating to Java programming. Wiley Rein represented Western Digital. MoFo represented Sling. Pepper Hamilton made the case for Nazomi.

MoFo Fails to Block Hire of Former Reed Elsevier Exec

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

A U.S. district judge in Manhattan denied Reed Elsevier's motion for a preliminary injunction to stop one of its former top technology executives from working for TransUnion Holding under a 31-month non-compete covenant. TransUnion is being represented by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Cadwalader Names Woolery Chairman as of 2015

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

Woolery, a 44-year-old Kentucky native and former business development chair at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, left his role as co-head of North American M&A at JPMorgan Chase last year to become Cadwalader's first deputy chair.

Plaintiffs Seek to Consolidate Target Data Breach Suits

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Attorneys who filed class actions against Target Corp. over its security breach last month have moved to coordinate the swelling tide of litigation, estimated at nearly 50 lawsuits.

Woolery to Take Leadership of Cadwalader in 2015

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has named corporate cochair James Woolery to become head of the firm. Woolery, a Kentucky native and former business development chair at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who left his role as cohead of North American M&A at JPMorgan Chase last year to become Cadwalader's first deputy chair, will succeed W. Christopher White as chairman on Jan. 1, 2015.

Wilson Sonsini, Skadden Advise as Singer Makes Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Elliott Management, the hedge fund founded by billionaire Harvard Law School graduate Paul Singer, has mounted a $3.1 billion takeover bid for Riverbed Technology. Elliott, an activist investor advised by Paul Weiss and New York's Kleinberg Kaplan, has also agreed to drop its opposition to the $8.3 billion sale of Celesio and reached an agreement with Compuware on the removal of a Dickinson Wright chairman emeritus and Honigman Miller partner from its board of directors.

Asia Deal Digest: January 9, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

* Gibson Dunn advising Hong Kong teleco on proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of local rival* Allen & Gledhill, Simpson on GIC's $2.8 billion buyout of Blackstone's stake in a London development* King & Wood Mallesons and Johnson Winter on a proposed Aussie natural gas merger

Special Report: Your Career

Pam Smith : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Future Chief Seen as Forceful Leader on Patent Court

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Your Career: Put Pro Bono in Your Career Development Plan

Rita Lin : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Pro bono work can help keep you motivated, expand your professional network and sharpen your skills, writes Morrison & Foerster partner Rita Lin.

Litigator of the Year: Harold McElhinny

: The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

In 2012, Morrison & Foerster's McElhinny convinced a San Jose federal jury that Samsung Electronics infringed Apple Inc. patents for the iPhone and iPad.

Riding a Late-Year M&A Surge, 2013 Goes Out Like a Lion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

IP Cases From 2013 That Are Worth Bragging About

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

It's worth looking back at some of the decisions that got the IP bar buzzing in 2013. Although the list is far from definitive, here are a handful of cases that had winning lawyers popping champagne corks early.

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

While the U.S. economy struggled to return to health over the last two years, big-ticket litigation was clearly a countercyclical buffer. And these litigators at The Am Law 200 were front and center.

Calif. Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

California-based managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

Intellectual Property Cases Won in 2013 Worth Bragging About

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 31, 2013

It's worth looking back at some of the decisions that got the IP bar buzzing in 2013. Although the list is far from definitive, here are a handful of cases that had winning lawyers popping champagne corks early.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

A slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles in 2013—and made news while doing so.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2013

Change is good—at least that's what wew're told. Last year was a good one to test this proposition, as a slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles—and made news while doing so.

Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

Governor Appoints MoFo's Tucher, 19 Others to State Bench

Vanessa Blum : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Appeal Court Puts Food Lawyers on a Diet

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 24, 2013

FTC Settles Geolocation Case

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 18, 2013

FTC signals to the app development community that material facts involving sensitive data must be disclosed, especially in a context where ordinary users would not expect data collection to take place.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Quinn's flogging … Juiced on Apple … Tani's 'Honest Ask'

Amid Patent Reform Push, Federal Circuit Sounds Ready to Relax Fee-Shifting

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Cahill Tops Cravath Bonuses; Others Reward Top Billers

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Cahill Gordon & Reindel told its associates Friday that they will receive bonuses this year that range from $10,000 to $25,000 above the market scale established by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Kaye Scholer and Schulte Roth & Zabel, meanwhile, plan to treat their highest-billing associates to bonuses beyond the $10,000-to-$60,000 standard.

New Recruitment Method: Buy Out Companies

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 11, 2013

Larger technology companies are buying smaller ones for their personnel

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Abbie Maliniak joins Davis Wright Tremaine's health care practice as of counsel to the Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Samsung Fights Sanctions Over Discovery Leak

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

For the second time in recent weeks, John Quinn defended his firm in court, insisting its breach of a protective order was inadvertent.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Honorable Mention Morrison & Foerster

Vitaly Gashpar : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Recorder : January 06, 2013

See what put these firms at the head of the field in The Recorder's inaugural contest.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: IP Finalist Morrison & Foerster

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

The Churn: In and Out at Kaye Scholer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Kaye Scholer loses a partner on each coast while hiring senior attorneys in its Chicago and Frankfurt offices; the former director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition returns to Boies, Schiller & Flexner; and Gardere Wynne Sewell expands by three in Dallas..

Sharing Privileged Information During Due Diligence

Robert Salerno : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2013

Careful planning and thoughtful legal advice during routine due diligence for an impending transaction can help ensure the continued privilege status of shared information and facilitate closing the deal.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Product Liability Winner Morrison & Foerster

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Apple Wants Samsung to Pay Part of MoFo's $60 Million Bill

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Is Exercising Employee Stock Options Illegal Insider Trading? Maybe

Daniel Nathan and Brian Neil Hoffman : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

Daniel Nathan and Brian Neil Hoffman of Morrison & Foerster write: Stock option exercises may create additional risks of violating the securities laws depending upon how they are exercised. Through careful advance planning and sound legal advice, stock options holders can minimize their risks of committing insider trading and reap the benefits of their stock options.

Few Law Grads Finding Jobs Through Online Match Service

Sara Randazzo : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2013

Widely praised when it launched two years ago, JD Match has so far had little impact on recruiting.

O'Melveny Adjusts to Changing Asia Market

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 02, 2013

The shifting market, a series of departures and leadership changes—in the U.S. as well as Asia—have raised questions about the firm's Asia strategy. But chairman Bradley Butwin insists that O'Melveny's commitment to Asia is as strong as it ever was.

Few Law Grads Finding Jobs Through Online Match Service

Sara Randazzo : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Widely praised when it launched two years ago, JD Match has so far had little impact on recruiting.

Vegas, Baby!

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 01, 2013

Information governance and records management are flirting with electronic data discovery. Expect fireworks.

Minter Ellison Adding Two New Partners

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

The firm has hired Winston & Strawn Beijing managing partner Jem Li and Gide Loyrette Nouel Hong Kong partner Rebecca Silli. They start next month and in January, respectively.

Google's File Cabinet Squares Off Against Oracle's Ann Droid

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Oracle lawyer E. Joshua Rosenkranz wields a new metaphor as computer code copyright fight goes before the Federal Circuit.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

The general counsel of American Express is slated to join Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in April; Morrison & Foerster expands in Washington, D.C., with a hire from O'Melveny & Myers; and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn adds an intellectual property partner. .

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 22, 2013

Lawyer nullification … Pharma-suit-ical … MoFo reads the tea leaves

Friday Six-Pack: Console Wars, Apple's Tax Breaks, a Luxury BlackBerry

Victor Li : Law Technology News : January 22, 2013

Sony's PS4 battles with Microsoft's XBox One. Apple loses one tax break but gets another for its planned construction projects. Would anyone pay $2,350 for a BlackBerry?

Jurors Explain $290M Patent Damages Due Apple From Samsung

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

According to jurors, Samsung's case for why it should only pay $52 million for infringing five Apple patents was full of holes.

Jury Awards Apple $290 Million in Patent Rematch

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

A San Jose jury has decided that Samsung must pay Apple more than $290 million for infringing its patents for smartphones and tablets, capping off the mobile titans' closely watched rematch on damages.

Jurors Explain Apple-Friendly Verdict

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

The damages retrial before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ended in a $290 million award against Samsung.

Asia Deal Digest: November 21, 2013

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster guides Global Logistics Properties on creation of $3 billion fund*Simpson Thacher leads Chinese gaming company Boyaa Interactive's $127 million IPO*Gadens advises PanAust on majority-stake purchase in Papua New Guinea gold and copper mine

Jury Awards Apple $290 Million

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

The weeklong damages rematch before Judge Lucy Koh results in a total award of $930 million for Apple.

Samsung Asks Koh to Suspend Retrial After PTO Voids Key Patent

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

The second day of jury deliberations brought another spat—but no verdict.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses three partners to Greenberg Traurig and gains one in Dallas; Jackson Lewis hires a new managing partner for its San Francisco office; and a longtime Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner joins Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C. .

After Final Blast From Lawyers, Apple-Samsung Jurors Get to Work

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

MoFo Wants to Dump Client in Food Label Case Over Unpaid Bills

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

In motion to withdraw, partner William Stern says Bromley Tea owes his firm nearly $85,000 and won't sign on to a litigation strategy.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Now Everybody Can Write Like the Solicitor General

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

The office of the U.S. solicitor general sometimes takes controversial positions, but most practitioners agree that the quality of its legal briefs is high. Some of the office's style secrets are now available for lawyers to emulate or, in some instances, avoid.

Former Dentons Leader Joins MoFo in London

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Four months after saying he planned to leave the firm now known as Dentons, bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer and former SNR Denton co-CEO Howard Morris has moved to Morrison & Foerster as senior of counsel.

A Southeast Asian Hedge?

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2013

High growth in places like Malaysia and the Philippines continues to draw the attention of international firms. But can a practice focused on such markets really make up for slower growth in China and beyond?

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

MoFo Advises on $3 Billion China Logistics Fund

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2013

Global Logistic Properties will use the fund to build 1.8 million square meters of modern warehouse space in China.

Morrison & Foerster Team Helps 3D Printer Secure Credit Line

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 14, 2013

Apple's New Expert Tallies Damages

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2013

Under questioning from MoFo's Rachel Krevans, a Chicago accountant set Samsung's bill at $380 million.

Asia Deal Digest: November 14, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2013

* Vinson & Elkins on CNPC's $2.6 billion Peruvian oilfield buy* MoFo and Wilson Sonsini take the lead on a $917 million Chinese semiconductor deal* Clifford Chance helps MSG giant Ajinomoto buy into the Turkish sauce market

Tips on Public Service Careers

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2013

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Federal Bar Council hosted a panel Tuesday at the Southern District of New York courthouse at 500 Pearl St. for lawyers interested in switching to careers in public service.

Apple and Samsung Disagree on Patent Infringement Damages by $328 Million

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Apple and Samsung Electronics gave opening statements to a jury that will decide how much the Korean company will pay for patent infringement. Apple's lawyer said Samsung must pay nearly $380 million, while Samsung's attorney aimed for a bargain: $52 million.

In Trial All About Money, Samsung, Apple Split to Tune of $330 Million

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

The rivals' lead lawyers from Quinn Emanuel and MoFo—back for a retrial on damages—sing familiar refrains to a new jury.

Political Scion Preferred Life in the Law

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2013

MoFo, Wilson Sonsini on Chinese Semiconductor Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2013

Tsinghua Unigroup has proposed to acquire U.S.-listed Chinese semiconductor maker RDA Microelectronics for $917 million.

Lawyers for Apple, Samsung Ready for Second 'Trial of the Century'

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

MOFCOM Names Additional Law Firm Panels

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2013

The new panels will advise the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on ITC and other trade disputes.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Celebrity Attorney's Appeal Hinges on Juror's Dismissal

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Celebrity Attorney's Appeal Hinges on Juror's Dismissal

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Regarding what one judge referred to as a “bizarre situation,” lawyers for disgraced attorney-to-the-stars Terry Christensen argued on Monday that a juror who’d been leaning against convicting him of federal wiretapping charges was wrongfully dismissed during deliberations.

Sizing Up an Orrick-Pillsbury Combo

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 01, 2013

Orrick may have finally met its match in James Rishwain Jr.'s energy-rich Pillsbury Winthrop.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Governor Vetting More People for First District Slots

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

Tech Counsel Show Support for 'Patent Troll' Reform

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 30, 2013

At the Association of Corporate Counsel's Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, technology company in-house counsel signaled their support for the patent litigation reforms proposed in the Innovation Act.

Lying, Ranting, and Groping

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 29, 2013

The legal gossip seems a lot juicier in Europe. I don't know if big firm lawyers across the Atlantic are more brazen or if the Americans (at least those in Big Law) are more discreet. Anyway, here's the latest:

The Perils of Keeping FCPA Infractions Under Wraps

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 29, 2013

The message delivered to in-house lawyers at the Association of Corporate Counsel's Annual Meeting in Los Angeles: Failure to report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is more perilous than ever.

Tech Circuit: Vegas, Baby! Edition

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 29, 2013

ARMA International's Conference and Expo 2013 makes it clear that e-discovery is child's play compared to information governance and management.

Building a Supreme Court Practice

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Kannon Shanmugam sits down with to discuss building a practice at a firm that does not have practice groups, amid the competitive and economic pressures of representing clients before the nation's highest court.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Loeb & Loeb gains an advertising specialist; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton hires a new pro bono partner; and a longtime Treasury Department lawyer joins Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Am Law 100 firms Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman are in merger talks that, if successful, would create one of the world's 20 largest firms in terms of attorney head count.

Asia Deal Digest: October 24, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster advises Japan's Softbank on another U.S. telecom investment, worth $1.3 billion*Ropes & Gray acts for Blackstone-led consortium on $625 million purchase of Chinese IT company*Simpson Thacher guides KKR on its first investment into Malaysia

MF Global Fee Dispute Snares Both Dewey and Proskauer

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

The plan administrator in MF Global Holding Ltd.'s Chapter 11 case is asking the court to cut $750,000 from a $3.75 million fee request Dewey submitted for six months of work as counsel to the commodities broker's unsecured creditors committee. This is the second time in two months that Dewey is being accused of charging excessive fees for work it completed on bankruptcy assignments before the firm itself went under.

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

After Deal Talks Falter, Companies Clash on Trade Secrets

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

Two recent trade secrets disputes pitting small ventures against tech titans highlight the risks of sharing trade secrets -- even under the protection of nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements.

Q&A With Kannon Shanmugam: Building a Supreme Court Practice

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Five years ago, Kannon Shanmugam left the U.S. Solicitor General's office to build an appellate practice as a partner at the noted litigation firm Williams & Connolly. He was at the leading edge of a trend that has continued ever since: associates to the solicitor general taking (or sharing) the reins at Supreme Court practices at top firms.

Am Law Firms Line Up for Latest SoftBank Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2013

Just a few days after acquiring a majority stake in Finnish online gaming company Supercell, the Japanese Internet and telecommunications giant has agreed to pay $1.26 billion for a 57 percent stake in Miami-based mobile-phone company Brightstar Corp.

Hogan Nabs L.A. Corporate Partners From Kaye Scholer

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 18, 2013

After Deal Talks Falter, Companies Clash on Secrets

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 18, 2013

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

LeClairRyan absorbs an 11-attorney health care boutique in Maryland; Akerman Senterfitt nabs GrayRobinson's alcoholic beverage practice; and Pryor Cashman gains a trusts and estates lawyer from Chadbourne & Parke. .

Am Law Firms Line Up for Latest SoftBank Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Just a few days after acquiring a majority stake in Finnish online gaming company Supercell, the Japanese Internet and telecommunications giant has agreed to pay $1.26 billion for a 57 percent stake in Miami-based mobile-phone company Brightstar Corporation. Morrison & Foerster is advising SoftBank, while Cleary and K&L Gates provide counsel to Brightstar. Weil is representing Brightstar shareholder Lindsay Goldberg.

Santa Clara Law Makes High Tech Mark

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 18, 2013

Grads populate the top ranks of Valley legal departments in part, says program director Eric Goldman, because technology is "everywhere they turn."

Palo Alto Networks' Jeff True

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 17, 2013

Asia Deal Digest: October 17, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2013

* Japan Airlines turns to K&L Gates for its big Airbus order* Davis Polk and Freshfields on a $748 million Chinese supermarket combination* Jones Day advises three Indonesian businessmen on their purchase of Italian football club Inter Milan