2024 Vault Rankings
- New York#25
At a Glance
“Transparency with management, commitment to development and work/life balance. Plenty of opportunities to take on new work.”
“Compensation, interesting clients, advancement/exit opportunities, ability for growth, and the partners I work with.”
“Sometimes not enough substantive work to go around at the bottom, and lack of follow-up debriefs due to time constraints at the top.”
“The normal things about BigLaw—unpredictable hours, clients who can be demanding.”
About Morrison & Foerster LLP
In 1973, those cats in San Francisco 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.
From the Golden Gate to the Great Wall
More than 140 years ago, Alexander Morrison and Thomas V. O’Brien founded the firm that became today’s Morrison Foerster in San Francisco. 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 LA 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. The firm has also had a presence in China for more than 40 years.
Green is Gold
MoFo provides counsel across a variety of practices, including business and finance, IP, international, litigation, regulatory, and tax. The firm is well known for its experience in IP matters and has been among the top 10 Best Firms for Intellectual Property in Vault’s ranking. The firm’s regulatory practice is also highly respected, especially with regard to privacy and data security—in fact, the firm is among the top 5 firms in Vault’s Privacy & Data Security ranking.
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.
Pro Bono Champions
MoFo’s pro bono roots run deep to its founder Alexander Morrison, who was a founding member of The Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. The firm has long been a leader in pro bono—it was one of the first law firms to have full-time pro bono counsel and also was a charter signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge in the ’90s—an initiative it continues to adhere to today. The firm has been recognized by the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List multiple times and is among the top 25 firms for pro bono in Vault’s rankings. Pro bono matters at the firm are wide ranging, including everything from reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights to voting rights and immigration to literacy and special education—as a small sample.
News & Awards
- Represented Apple in its litigation against Samsung that spanned nine countries in 11 jurisdictions, including an initial jury verdict for Apple of >$1.1 billion.
- Served as lead counsel to Sprint and SoftBank in the landmark $59 billion merger between Sprint and T-Mobile and Sprint’s related sale of ~$5 billion in pre-paid assets to DISH Network, one of the most significant telecommunications transactions since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
- Represented the motion picture industry in the On Command Video case, which established that on-demand video systems require a license under the copyright’s public performance right.
- A-List Top 10, 2022—The American Lawyer
- Mansfield Rule “Certification Plus”, 2022—Diversity Lab
- Best Law Firms for Women, 2022—Seramount
- Most Diverse Equity Partners (601+ attorney law firms), 2022—Law360 Pulse Diversity Snapshot
- Gold Standard Certification, 2022—Women in Law Empowerment Forum
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 268-7000
Managing Partner: Eric T. McCrath
Hiring Partner: Jeff Jaeckel
Hiring Partner: Jennifer L. Marines
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Base Salary (2023) (U.S. Associates, U.S. Practice)
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $8,958.33 (semi-monthly)
Director of Attorney Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 10
No. of International Offices: 8
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Appellate + Supreme Court
Business Restructuring + Insolvency
Class Actions + Mass Torts
Commercial Litigation + Trial
Emerging Companies + Venture Capital
Employment + Labor
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
FCPA + Global Anti-Corruption
Financial Services & FinTech
Intellectual Property & Patent
Life Sciences + Healthcare
Mergers + Acquisitions & Private Equity
National Security, CFIUS, FARA, Sanctions + Export Controls
Privacy + Data Security
Securities Litigation, Securities Enforcement, Investigations + White Collar Defense
Social Enterprise + Impact Investing
See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.