Morrison & Foerster LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Flexible work schedule”
  • “Quality of work”
  • “Good people”

Downers

  • “Work distribution can be unpredictable”
  • “The time commitment”
  • “The unpredictable lifestyle”

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, more recently, into Europe. 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 firms in China. The firm's Asia-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 AIG, Autodesk, Bank of America, Fujitsu, Global Logistics Properties, Mitsui, Nikon, Novartis, SoftBank, Toshiba, Yahoo!, and UPS.

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" Clean Tech + Renewable Energy 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.

IN THE NEWS

April 2018

MoFo served as lead counsel to Sprint Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp., the controlling shareholder of Sprint, on 2018's largest technology, media, and telecommunications deal to date and one of the largest telecommunications deals in history: Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US, Inc.'s merger agreement. The industry-changing deal, which combined two of the largest wireless carriers in the U.S., gave Sprint an implied enterprise value of approximately $59 billion, and the combined company an aggregate value of approximately $146 billion.
 
February 2018

MoFo represented Uber throughout its widely reported trade secrets matter against Waymo, the self-driving offshoot of Google parent Alphabet. The "Trial of the Century" was settled in what was a positive outcome for Uber as it allowed its engineers to continue to develop autonomous vehicles.
 
January 2018

MoFo served as sole counsel to SoftBank in its multi-billion-dollar investment in Uber, the largest-ever private secondary transaction in the technology space.
 
October 2017

MoFo made history when it represented Toshiba in the $18 billion sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Toshiba Memory Corporation to a consortium of purchasers led by Bain Capital and including SK Hynix, HOYA Corp., Apple, Seagate, Kingston, and Dell. The deal was the largest private equity deal ever in Asia.
 
September 2017

MoFo represented Wells Fargo and a consortium of lenders in connection with a $1.5 billion construction loan for the 3-million-square-foot office and retail tower at 50 Hudson Yards in New York that will be occupied by BlackRock. At $4 billion, the tower is the most expensive office building ever constructed.
 
June 2017

MoFo secured a unanimous Supreme Court victory for Sandoz in a closely watched case involving the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, which provides a streamlined approval path for biosimilars. The Court agreed with Sandoz that the Federal Circuit had erred by delaying introduction of all biosimilars by 180 days, and that the BPCIA's procedural steps may not be enforced through federal injunctions.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Larren M. Nashelsky
  • Hiring Partner: Craig Martin
  • Total No. Attorneys 2018: 1,022

  • Base Salary
    All U.S. offices/U.S. practice attorneys in international offices
    1st year: $190,000
    2nd year: $200,000
    3rd year: $220,000
    4th year: $255,000
    5th year: $280,000
    6th year: $305,000
    7th year: $325,000
    8th year: $340,000
    Summer associate: $3,654/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    75 out of 76 (2Ls) (2017)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust • Appellate • Business Restructuring & Insolvency • Capital Markets • Clean Tech & Alternative Energy • Commercial Litigation • Compensation Benefits & ERISA • Consumer Class Action • Corporate Finance • Employment & Labor • Emerging Companies & Venture Capital • Environment & Energy • Financial Services Litigation • Federal Tax • Finance & Projects • Financial Services • Fund Formation & Operations • Government Contracts • Intellectual Property • Investment Management • Life Sciences • Mergers & Acquisitions • Patent • Privacy & Data Security • Private Equity • Real Estate • Securities Litigation • State & Local Tax • Technology Transactions • White-Collar Defense

Major Office Locations

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