Morrison & Foerster LLP at a Glance


  • “Casual and fun atmosphere”
  • “Good part-time policies and family-oriented culture”
  • “Great training both formal and informal”


  • “Billable hours requirement”
  • “Firm sometimes can nickel and dime with expense reimbursement”
  • “Hours worked vary significantly by associate”

The Buzz

  • “Great IP practice”
  • “Hip”
  • “Quirky”
  • “Stronger in California”

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 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.


March 2015

Changing the Healthcare Landscape
MoFo secured a win for Sandoz that will likely impact the future of U.S. health care. On March 19, a federal district court issued a decision that interpreted the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) that became law under the Affordable Care Act, fully adopting Sandoz's interpretation of the BPCIA in a dispute over the launch of a biosimilar drug that can help fight infection in cancer patients. In recognition of MoFo's role in this victory, The American Lawyer named the MoFo team its Litigators of the Week.

Effective Strategists
A California appeals court issued a unanimous decision affirming a trial victory won by MoFo in a closely watched Proposition 65 lawsuit. Prop 65 requires businesses to warn consumers about possible exposure to any one of 800 chemicals, regardless of the amount of actual risk or exposure. Because the case involved first impression questions and fact patterns typical in Prop 65 litigation, the ruling will likely have a broad impact. The MoFo team earned Litigator of the Week honors from The American Lawyer for successfully developing and executing a strategy that wins at trial and on appeal.

December 2014

Global Expansion
MoFo advised Global Logistic Properties (GLP) in a co-investment to buy one of the largest logistics real estate portfolios from The Blackstone Group. The $8.1 billion deal marks the first foray into the United States by GLP, the leading provider of modern logistics facilities in China, Japan, and Brazil. MoFo also recently advised GLP on a landmark $2.5 billion investment by a consortium of strategic partners, one of the largest-ever corporate real estate transactions in China, and GLP's $1.4 billion portfolio acquisitions of 34 assets in Brazil.

November 2014

FinTech Innovators
MoFo's Technology Transaction and Financial Services Groups teamed up to advise Square on a collaboration with Snapchat for a new feature called Snapcash. The feature seamlessly integrates Square's person-to-person money transfer service into Snapchat's messaging app. The first-of-its-kind deal drew on MoFo's technology, IP, and regulatory bench strength.

October 2014

Saying "I Do" to Marriage Equality
MoFo, together with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to lift a stay that prevented same-sex couples in Idaho from exercising their newly recognized right to marry. Building on the precedent established in Idaho, MoFo went on to score an historic victory in a Montana marriage equality case filed with the ACLU as co-counsel. The district court granted the firm's motion for summary judgment, lifting the state's discriminatory ban and making Montana the 35th state to permit same-sex marriage.

September 2014

Making History
A cross-office team represented SoftBank, as a 32 percent owner of Alibaba, in Alibaba's U.S. IPO-the largest IPO in history. MoFo also represented SoftBank, a long-standing client, in the carve-out and restructuring of Alibaba's financial services businesses in preparation for the IPO. Throughout the year, the firm advised SoftBank on key strategic transactions, including a partnership with Legendary Entertainment, an investment in Snapdeal, and the acquisition of the remaining outstanding shares of Brightstar to complete SoftBank's $1.56 billion acquisition of the company.

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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 2015: 998

  • 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
    72 out of 75 (2014)

  • 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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