Morrison Foerster’s diverse, LGBTQ+, and women lawyers hold key leadership positions throughout the firm. They serve on committees that define the firm’s strategy, run our global offices, and lead our best-in-class practices, including commercial litigation, intellectual property, corporate finance, private equity investments and buyouts, consumer products, retail, financial services, employment and labor, life sciences, outsourcing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Our lawyers are united in their passion for what they do and their dedication to our clients and communities. Each month we will feature one of our diverse, LGBTQ+, or women lawyers who calls MoFo home.

Partner Spotlight: Trevor James

james trevor blogTrevor James is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Global Tax Group. He has over 30 years of experience providing corporate and international tax advice on a broad range of cross-border transactions, including public and private M&A, debt and acquisition finance, fund formation, and corporate restructuring. He has particular experience advising clients in the technology sector and IP-rich companies.

From 2008 to 2015, Trevor served as managing partner of MoFo’s London office—the first partner of color appointed to the role. He is chair of the London Diversity Committee and an active and longstanding member of the firm’s global Diversity Strategy Committee. In addition, Trevor sits on the board of directors of The Morrison & Foerster Foundation—the firm’s charitable foundation.

In two to three sentences, describe your practice.

My practice involves advising clients on the tax aspects of global M&A transactions, financing, and exploitation of intellectual property assets. I also advise companies on international tax issues and employee equity participation.

Why did you choose to make MoFo your professional home?

I joined the firm more than 18 years ago for a number of reasons. The firm has a stellar reputation in the technology sector, acting for some of the world’s leading companies. The opportunity to advise such clients was too good to miss! I was also attracted to the values of the firm – diversity, pro bono, and the great work we do via The Morrison & Foerster Foundation.

How do clients benefit from having diverse teams of lawyers working for them?

Global clients require global lawyers. We advise clients from all over the world on their complex transactions and problems. Having diverse teams and an environment where everyone has a voice, results in us approaching issues from different perspectives, which in turn gives the client better and more creative solutions.

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Video Spotlight: Leading the Way

We know our differences make us stronger. At Morrison & Foerster, we not only celebrate our differences, but call upon them to better serve our clients, communities, and teams.

Whether tackling complex disputes, winning high-stakes litigation for our clients, or leading the charge on landmark pro bono cases, our global team of litigators use their strengths to make a difference where it counts.

We are MoFo lawyers, leading the way.

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Stacey Sprenkel, Chair, Global Ethics + Compliance Practice

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Christine Wong, Co-Chair, Global Litigation Department

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