Morrison & Foerster
|Morrison & Foerster|
|Headquarters||425 Market Street
|No. of offices||17|
|No. of attorneys||1004|
|Major practice areas||Mergers and acquisitions, litigation and arbitration, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, securities, banking, project finance, energy and infrastructure, antitrust, tax, intellectual property, life sciences|
|Key people||Larren M. Nashelsky (Chair)|
|Revenue||$963.5 million (2012)|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Morrison & Foerster LLP (MoFo) is a large, full-service law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in 17 offices. The firm was founded in San Francisco in 1883, and its largest office is still located there. It was founded by Alexander Francis Morrison, a graduate of the UC Hastings College of Law. Its lawyers have experience in a broad range of practice areas, including corporate transactions, financial services and regulation, life sciences law, and IP litigation. Morrison & Foerster was the chief international counsel for the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games. Furthermore, in 2013, Morrison Foerster represented Apple in its successful lawsuit against Samsung for patent infringement.
Morrison & Foerster was recently named Chambers Global's 2013 USA Law Firm of the Year. The firm has been consistently ranked on the American Lawyer's A-List. In 2005 the firm was ranked #11, in 2006 #6, in 2007 #16, in 2008 #20, in 2009 #8, and in 2011 #13.
As of September 2013[update], Morrison & Foerster has 17 offices:
- Drew S. Days, III, who served as the U.S. Solicitor General from 1993 to 1996, and who currently is of counsel
- Beth Brinkmann, who was the Assistant to the Solicitor General of the U.S. from 1993 until 2001, and who until 2009 was a partner
- Tony West, currently Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States
- Ketanji Brown Jackson, currently of counsel at the firm and also a commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission
- Crystal McKellar, former child actress who played Becky Slater in the hit series The Wonder Years, former associate with the firm
- Shirley Hufstedler, first U.S. Secretary of Education from 1979-1981, who currently is a senior of counsel.
- James M. Peck, who served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for Southern District of New York - presided over the Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy and is currently Global Head of the firm's Business Restructuring and Insolvency practice
- Keith Wetmore, served as Chairman of Morrison & Foerster from 2002 to 2012 and named among the Top 50 Big Law Innovators in the Last 50 Years.
The firm's nickname is "MoFo." During the dot-com era of the 1990s, when it was fashionable for American companies to appear irreverent, the nickname was prominently featured in the firm's advertising, both online and offline. It gained further notoriety through a bit by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Leno joked that the firm's clients could shout, "Get me my MoFo lawyer!"
Additionally, the home board game Trivial Pursuit has a question circulating in current versions asking "What four-letter nickname is used by the law firm Morrison & Foerster?"
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