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: Nate Mendell

Nate MendellNathaniel (Nate) Mendell is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Investigations + White Collar Defense Practice Group and was the former Acting U.S. Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. He represents companies, financial institutions, boards, and executives through all phases of investigation and litigation involving allegations of corporate healthcare fraud, securities and other financial fraud, public corruption, criminal intellectual property theft, and international money laundering. After almost two decades of service in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Nate offers deep experience and insider perspectives in white collar defense, internal investigations, and government enforcement actions.

In two to three sentences, describe your practice.
My practice is focused on internal investigations and criminal matters, with an emphasis on healthcare fraud statutes, including the False Claims Act and the Anti-kickback Statute. I represent clients in federal criminal investigations and counsel them on compliance, and I also represent clients in all types of matters brought in the District of Massachusetts – including civil litigation.

Why did you choose to make MoFo your professional home?
MoFo is a positive and supportive firm where teamwork and good humor are rewarded. The prospect of building the criminal litigation practice in Boston is especially appealing to me after all my work in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

How do clients benefit from having diverse teams of lawyers working for them?
Diversity of experience, perspective, and thinking tends to foster creativity and ingenuity. For that reason, diverse teams yield better decisions and better outcomes.

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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.

 Jina Choi, Securities Litigation Partner

Arturo González, Co-Chair, Commercial Trial + Litigation Group

Kristen Mathews, Privacy Partner

Lisa Phelan, Co-Chair, Global Antitrust Law Practice

Penny Preovolos, Litigation Senior Counsel

Julia Schwalm, Head, Berlin Litigation Department

Stacey Sprenkel, Chair, Global Ethics + Compliance Practice

John Smith, Co-Chair, National Security Practice

Louise Stoupe, Co-Head, Tokyo Litigation Department

Christine Wong, Co-Chair, Global Litigation Department

Chie Yakura, IP Litigation Partner