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At a Glance

Uppers

“Firm culture is strong; work is interesting and substantive; well thought out mentorship and training; compensation is market.”

“I feel valued. Partners, associates, and staff go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. I feel like my opinion, whether client-related or firm-related, matters.”

Downers

“The hours. It can be a grind at times.”

“Client expectations are sometimes hard to manage.”

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. 

From the Golden Gate to the Great Wall

More than 120 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 35 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

NOTABLE CASES

Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

Sprint/SoftBank / TMobile

On Command Video

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certified, 2021—Diversity Lab

A-List, 2021—The American Lawyer

Best Law Firms for Women, 2021—Seramount

Top Firms for Diverse Leadership, 2021—Yale Law Women

California Regional Powerhouse, 2021—Law360

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Larren M. Nashelsky
Hiring Partner: Craig Martin
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
13

Base Salary

Base Salary (2022) (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)

Employment Contact

Nicole Wanzer
Director of Attorney Recruiting
(415) 268-7320
fwattorneyrecuiting@mofo.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 9

No. of International Offices: 8

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Beijing
Berlin
Brussels
Hong Kong
London
Shanghai
Singapore
Tokyo

Major Departments

Appellate
Business Restructuring & Insolvency
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Environmental Law
FCPA, Anti-Corruption, Investigations, & White Collar
Financial Services & FinTech
General Commercial Litigation
General Corporate
Intellectual Property
Life Sciences
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patent
Private Equity
Privacy & Data Security
Project Finance
Securities/Capital Markets
Securities Litigation
Social Enterprise + Impact Investing
Technology Transactions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.