Morrison & Foerster LLP at a Glance


  • “Amazing clients”
  • “Commitment to diversity and pro bono”
  • “Partners who care about work/life balance”


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  • “Inconsistency in work allocation”
  • “Hardcore hours expectations”

The Buzz

  • “Technology powerhouse”
  • “Kings of San Francisco”
  • “Oddball attorneys”
  • “Cravath of the West”

About Morrison & Foerster LLP

In 1973 those cats in San Fran approved "MoFo" as Morrison & Foerster's official nickname, accentuating the firm's unconventional modus operandi. Still, the firm is distinguished by much more than its rebel epithet. MoFo complements its expertise in IP, finance, life sciences, technology and litigation with a long reach across the Pacific Rim. And staying true to its roots in a city of peace and love, the firm's pro bono commitment is deeply held.

Fastest Guns in the West

More than 120 years ago, Alexander Morrison and Thomas V. O'Brien founded the firm that became today's Morrison & Foerster. Due to the philanthropic work of Morrison's widow, the firm's name is woven through the fabric of Bay area community life. May Treat Morrison's early 20th century bequests, augmented by her late husband's law firm, are responsible for libraries, lecture series, endowed chairs at Berkeley and Stanford, scholarships and a planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences.

It wasn't until the early 1960s that the firm ventured away from Northern California, hopping on for the ride when one of its major San Francisco clients, Crocker National Bank, decided to open an L.A. office. In the second half of the 1980s the firm grew swiftly, sprouting offices across the Bay area, and in 1987, the firm merged with New York firm Parker Auspitz Neesemann & Delehanty. That same year, MoFo became one of the first American law firms to practice in Japan, unveiling a Tokyo office-a 2001 joint enterprise with Japanese firm Ito & Mitomi made Morrison & Foerster the largest international firm in Tokyo. MoFo was also one of the first into China. The firm's Asian-based clients include such household names as Hitachi, Minolta, Nikon and Toshiba.

Globally, Morrison & Foerster now numbers more than 1,000 lawyers and counts on its client list such companies as Apple, Bank of America, Intel, Lucasfilm, Oracle, Toshiba, Hitachi, Yahoo! and Sprint Nextel.

Socially Accelerated

In addition to its high-tech clients, MoFo itself has been an industry leader in adapting to new technologies and social media. While other firms were only just beginning to take notice of phenomena such as Facebook, MoFo sprinted ahead, publishing articles on a wide range of developing cyberlaw issues.

Green is Gold

Sustainability is no longer a movement, it's a major market opportunity. Morrison & Foerster's cross-discipline "green" Cleantech practice group addresses the needs of players and industries focusing on regulatory and technological issues relating to climate change, energy conservation and clean technologies. Serving alternative fuel, solar, carbon and other green-tech companies, as well as the Fortune 500, MoFo provides project finance, corporate, IP/patent, regulatory, land use and environmental services. The firm also advises venture capital and private equity firms interested in investing in alternative technologies.


December 2013

Exit Strategy
MoFo scored a significant win for Residential Capital when Judge Martin Glenn of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York confirmed ResCap's chapter 11 plan. With more than $15 billion in assets and liabilities prior to filing, ResCap was one of the world's largest real estate mortgage origination and servicing companies. The case was among the most closely watched since the financial crisis began in 2008. Judge Glenn called it "the most legally and factually complex case" that he has presided over in his seven years on the bench.

November 2013

The opening of MoFo's Berlin office represented the firm's first office in Germany, third in Europe, and 17th worldwide. The Berlin team quickly made a splash with its representation of Axel Springer, one of Europe's largest media companies, in Axel Springer's acquisition of N24 Media. The deal received front-page coverage in the German press, and JUVE-the country's leading source of legal news-highlighted MoFo's "prestige mandate."

Family Reunion
MoFo won asylum for a lesbian activist and humanitarian parole for her family after they received death threats when word got out about the activist's appearance in a documentary about Cameroon's LGBT community. While she was in L.A. for the film's screening at Outfest, another LGBT activist was murdered in Cameroon. Working with public officials and a civil rights group, MoFo secured asylum for the activist and humanitarian parole for her partner and their baby as it became clear that their lives were in danger. The family was reunited in San Francisco the week of Thanksgiving.

August 2013

Tech Trial Titans
MoFo saw impressive successes from its IP litigation group, including a high-profile smartphone trial win in the Northern District of California and before the ITC. Also on behalf of Ubiquiti Networks, MoFo obtained a permanent injunction and final judgment of copyright and trademark infringement against Kozumi USA, which shut down an international counterfeiting scheme.

July 2013

Game Changer
The landscape of the U.S. cellular market was transformed when SoftBank closed its $21.6 billion acquisition of a 76% stake in Sprint Nextel. MoFo, which acted as SoftBank's lead M&A, litigation, and antitrust counsel in the deal, also represented SoftBank in connection with Sprint Nextel's acquisition of Clearwire. Throughout the merger process, MoFo helped SoftBank prevail over DISH Network, which had actively bid for both Sprint and Clearwire. The Wall Street Journal called the award-wining transaction, "one of the most complex and unusual deals in the annals of takeovers."

June 2013

Promoting Women
Approximately 150 women lawyers attended the 2013 MoFo Summit for Women In-House Counsel in Tarrytown, New York. In addition to 60 senior lawyers from MoFo's U.S., European, and Asian offices, 90 women from 60 different companies attended this annual event by and for women about substantive legal issues. According to one attendee, the summit is "truly reflective of a firm that promotes the successes of women." That commitment was also the driving force behind the launches of the MoFoWomen Twitter feed and MoFo Women newsletter. 

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2482
Phone: (415) 268-7000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Larren M. Nashelsky
  • Hiring Partner: Craig Martin
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 1,071

  • Employment Contact
    Anand David
    Director of Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 468-8039

  • Base Salary
    All U.S. offices and U.S. practice attorneys in international offices 1st year (classes of 2012 and 2013): $160,000
    2nd year (class of 2011): $170,000
    3rd year (class of 2010): $185,000
    4th year (class of 2009): $210,000
    5th year (class of 2008): $230,000
    6th year (class of 2007): $250,000
    7th year (class of 2006): $265,000
    8th year (class of 2005): $280,000
    9th year (class of 2004): $290,000

  • Summer Associate Offers
    76 out of 80 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Competition Law
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Capital Markets
    Financial Services
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Land Use & Natural Resource
    Life Sciences
    Mergers & Acquisitions (Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances, Private Equity Funds, Public Companies & Corporate Governance, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, REITs)
    Project Finance & Development
    Real Estate
    Securities & White Collar Defense
    Technology Transactions

Major Office Locations

  • Denver, CO
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • McLean, VA
  • New York, NY
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Brussels
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
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