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Recognized as one of the top 20 firms on its 2023 A-List based on a combination of factors, both financial and cultural. MoFo was also ranked #5 on its 2024 Diversity Scorecard. This is the 14th consecutive year that the firm has earned a top 10 spot.

Asian Legal Business consistently highlight Morrison Foerster as a leading firm in Asia, including naming MoFo as one Asia's Top 15 ESG Law Firms in 2023 and awarding the group Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year at the Asian Legal Business’ 2023 Japan Law Awards.

Morrison Foerster was named to the 2023 Best Places to Work List, an exclusive ranking of the Massachusetts companies that have built outstanding work environments for their people. This is the fourth consecutive year that the firm has been included.

Year after year, Morrison Foerster receives significant recognition in Chambers & Partners’ various guides including GlobalUSAAsia-PacificEuropeUKLatin AmericaCrisis Management, and FinTech Legal. In 2023, the firm received nearly 160 practice area rankings and over 250 individual recognitions. Of note, 30 practices were ranked Band 1, highlighting the firm’s experience in areas such as Agency Finance, Corporate/M&A; Corporate Investigations and Anti-Corruption; Dispute Resolution; Export Control and Sanctions; Government Contracts; Intellectual Property; Outsourcing; Privacy & Data Security; Real Estate; Technology Transactions; and Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT).

Additionally, MoFo has received the following recognition:

  • Awarded the “Outstanding Firm for Diversity & Inclusion” as part of the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: USA 2023.
  • Named Intellectual Property Firm of the Year by Chambers USA in 2023.
  • Named Japan International Law Advisers of the Year by Chambers Asia-Pacific nine times since the award was created in 2011. 
  • Named as the firm with the highest ratio of female/male ranked lawyers in the Chambers USA 2022 guide.

Morrison Foerster was named Firm of the Year in five practice practice area rankings in 2023, including Data protection and data privacy, Taxation, Fintech and blockchain, Real estate and REITs, and Technology and telecoms.

Received “Mansfield Certification Plus” recognition for 2023, joining a select group of firms to receive the honor every year since Diversity Lab’s launch of the Mansfield Rule in 2017. Certification Plus indicates that we have at least 30% women, minority, LGBTQ+, and lawyers with disabilities representation across notable leadership roles within the partnership and lateral hires, as well as in the talent pools from which we select talent for leadership and lateral recruiting opportunities.

Named "Women in Business Law International Firm of the Year" and "Firm of the Year: U.S. – West" at the Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2024 for the second consecutive year. MoFo was also named the "Diverse Women Lawyers International Firm of the Year" and "Pro-Bono Work International Firm of the Year." The awards recognize high achieving woman lawyers and progressive law firms that best support women in law.

Morrison Foerster is consistently named as one of Most Innovative Law Firms in the US and Asia by the Financial Times in their annual FT law firm index. Recent results include:

  • Top 15 in FT law firm index — North America 2023
  • Top 20 in FT law firm index — Asia-Pacific 2023.
  • Top 20 in FT law firm index — North America 2022.
  • Top 15 in FT law firm index — Asia-Pacific 2022.
  • Top 10 Most Innovative Law Firm in North America – Practice of Law in 2021.
  • Top 15 Most Innovative Law Firm in North America – Business of Law in 2021.

Morrison Foerster was recognized as an Elite Firm in the GDR 100 2023 edition. In addition to its recognition as one of GDR’s Elite Firms for data, Morrison Foerster was also ranked #1 in Litigation, with GDR highlighting Morrison Foerster’s “outstanding practice on the contentious side of things,” both in Europe and in the United States; the firm is ranked #4 in the Advisory category and #9 in the Investigations category.

Morrison Foerster was named on GIR’s list of top 30 Investigations practices in 2023. The assessment identifies leading firms from around the world that are best situated to handle sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations.

Morrison Foerster was honored with a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2023 Corporate Equality Index, marking the 20th year of inclusion as one of the best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality.

IFLR1000 recognized Morrison Foerster in 52 practice areas globally in its latest edition, including Banking and Finance; Capital Markets; Corporate and M&A; Derivatives; Financial Services Regulatory; Investment Funds; M&A; Private Equity; Project Development; Project Finance; Real Estate; and Restructuring and Insolvency, among many others.

The leading career platform for young legal professionals in Germany recognized Morrison Foerster with the Innovation Award in recognition of the office’s innovative and holistic wellbeing program.

Ranked first overall among firms with 601+ lawyers in Law360's 2023 Diversity Snapshot for the third year in a row. MoFo pushed past benchmarks for the ranking, which is based on the pipeline score methodology, by more than three points.

Morrison Foerster has also been awarded Practice Group of the Year for Capital Markets (2023), FinTech (2023), Life Sciences (2023), Compliance (2022), Private Equity (2021) and Real Estate (2019). MoFo was also named a California Regional Powerhouse in 2021. Additionally, Law360 has named several lawyers to its MVP of the Year and Rising Stars series over the years.

The Legal 500 consistently recognized Morrison Foerster as a Leading Law Firm globally, with the firm receiving 120+ practice area rankings and over 550 individual recognitions in its various regional guides in 2023. As of this year, 21 lawyers were named to the publication’s Hall of Fame, honoring those who have received constant praise from their clients for continued excellence.

Morrison Foerster was named the Singapore Law Firm of the Year for 2020 and 2021 at The Legal 500’s inaugural Southeast Asia Law Awards. MoFo was also named a finalist in the Innovative Law Firm of the Year category at Legal 500's Southeast Asia Awards 2023.

Consistently named to its Appellate Hot List, including most recently in 2021. The firm has also been named to the Pro Bono Hot List six times, including most recently in 2021.

Recognized as one of the Best Law Firms for Women for the 14th time, including every year since 2014. We are one of the few law firms that has been recognized more than 10 times, which, as of 2019, earned us a designation on the Hall of Fame list. Additionally, the firm has been ranked in the top five every year since 2018.

Underscoring Morrison Foerster’s wide range of talent, Best Lawyers highlighted 181 MoFo attorneys with 276 individual recognitions in its 2024 edition, with 25 lawyers being recognized for the first time this year.Morrison Foerster was named Law Firm of the Year for Financial Services Regulation Law in 2024 and Information Technology in 2023, marking the fourth time and eighth time, respectively, that MoFo has received those honors in the last decade. Additionally, the firm has been named Law Firm of the Year in various other categories during that period, including Technology Law (2021); Litigation – Banking & Finance (2019); Litigation – Securities (2016); Litigation – Tax (2016); Banking & Finance Law (2013), among others. 

Morrison Foerster was recognized among the top 25 most prestigious law firms in Vault Law 100’s national rankings. The firm has consistently appeared among the top firms nationally since the inception of Vault’s rankings in 1997. MoFo was also highly successful in the Best Law Firms by Region rankings, where it was ranked #1 in Northern California and listed among the top 25 in Boston, Mountain States, New York, Southern California, and Washington, D.C.

MoFo was recognized in the top 30 across eleven practice areas, notably achieving top 10 rankings in Privacy and Data Security, Intellectual Property, and Emerging Companies & Venture Capital.

The firm earned further recognition in the Best Law Firms to Work For and Best Law Firms for Diversity categories, notably scoring #13 for Pro Bono and in the top 20 for all diversity rankings.

Among the 29 U.S. firms awarded Gold Standard Certification by WILEF in 2023. WILEF recognizes firms where women have a strong presence in the equity partnership and firm leadership and are among the most highly compensated partners in the firm. MoFo has received the honor every year since the WILEF award program started in 2011.

Morrison Foerster was recognized as the Top Firm for Diverse Leadership in Yale Law Women’s Sixteenth Annual Top Firms for Gender Equity & Family Friendliness Report.

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