Spotlight on Diversity

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: Darío Avram

Darío Avram

Darío Avram is a partner in MoFo’s Finance and Private Equity Buyouts & Investment Group. His practice focuses on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a variety of complex U.S. and cross-border financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts, refinancings, and restructurings. Darío has led transactions covering a range of industries, including technology, financial services, industrials, professional services, and consumer products.

  • Briefly describe, in two or three sentences, your practice. I am a private equity / finance partner based in our San Francisco office, and my primary focus is on working with private equity sponsors. I represent these sponsors in all types of transactions, from leveraged buy-outs to portfolio company financings and restructurings.


  • Why did you choose to make MoFo your professional home? I chose to make MoFo my professional home because of the opportunity to help build the firm’s West Coast private equity practice. MoFo offered so many great things that drew me here; part of it was the name and brand in Northern California, and another part is certainly the value that’s placed on culture. The amount of emphasis placed on diversity and inclusion impressed me. Ultimately, it is not just the people who work here but also the clients and the practices—MoFo checks all the boxes.

  • How do clients benefit from having diverse teams of lawyers working for them? Diversity is important for many reasons, but I think the most important benefit is that diversity of thought brings a level of creativity to each transaction that might not otherwise exist. Having a group of people who come from different backgrounds, genders, races, ethnicities, and religions all working together in one group fosters a much more imaginative and collaborative process to advising clients. Clients appreciate (and, increasingly, expect) diversity, but more importantly, it helps us create a cohesive working environment with all of these different voices coming together into one melting pot.
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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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