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: Arturo J. González

Janet Xiao

Arturo J. González is one of the nation’s top trial lawyers and chair of our Commercial Litigation & Trial Practice Group. One federal judge said his “trial advocacy skills were superior,” while a federal magistrate described his trial skills as “phenomenal.” He is sought after by America’s largest companies, in part because of his ability to communicate with increasingly diverse juries.

Arturo has had great success representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He may be the only lawyer in the country to obtain defense victories for clients in multiple billion dollar matters and also four jury verdicts in excess of $10 million, including verdicts of $39.3 and $13.8 million in trade secrets cases. Arturo is a Fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and an associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates.

In two to three sentences, describe your practice.
I am a trial lawyer. I have tried dozens of cases for plaintiffs and defendants, including Apple, Uber, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, VMware, and Bank of the West. Four times, I have obtained jury verdicts in excess of $10 million; I have also successfully defended a number of cases where plaintiffs sought over $1 billion. I am a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Why did you choose to make MoFo your professional home?
MoFo had a reputation for trying cases and for a commitment to pro bono. Both were important to me.

How do clients benefit from having diverse teams of lawyers working for them?
The 2020 census confirms that “minorities” are becoming the majority in many of the communities where our clients’ cases are decided. In addition, more of the judges and many of the witnesses are women and people of color. Having diverse trial teams enhances the chance that judges, witnesses, and jurors will relate to our clients’ cause.

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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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