Morrison & Foerster

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Morrison & Foerster
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Headquarters 425 Market Street
San Francisco
United States
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)[1]
Date founded 1883
Founder Alexander Morrison
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.[2]


As of September 2013, Morrison & Foerster has 17 offices:

The Tokyo office formed a joint operation with the Japanese law firm of Ito & Mitomi in 2001.[3] It is noted as one of the few successful Japanese law practices within an international law firm.[4]

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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?"


  1. ^ "The 2012 Global 100: Most Revenue". The American Lawyer. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  2. ^ "The A-List 2011 | The American Lawyer". Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  3. ^ "事務所について | モリソン・フォースター外国法事務弁護士事務所 伊藤 見富法律事務所(外国法共同事業事務所)". Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  4. ^ Brennan, Tom (15 July 2013). "Foreign Firms Stumble Going Local in Japan". The Asian Lawyer. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Crystal Scripps McKellar". Morrison & Foerster. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. 
  6. ^ Beck, Susan (29 July 2013). "The American Lawyer's Top 50 Innovators". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

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