Derek Foran is a partner in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. He specializes in complex business litigation, with a focus on trial work. He has represented numerous public and private companies in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts. Mr. Foran has been recognized multiple times by Super Lawyers magazine as a Northern California Super Lawyer.
Mr. Foran graduated summa cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2002, where he was second in his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school Mr. Foran received the Kerr Memorial Prize for distinguished academic performance and multiple West Publishing Company Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Awards. He also served as Book Review Editor for the Cornell Law Review. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Foran clerked for the Honorable Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.
Mr. Foran has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2013, and his work has been recognized in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, and is an Executive Committee member of the Civil Litigation Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association. He is also a member of the board of directors of Bay Area Legal Aid.
Mr. Foran is originally from Ireland. He received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Patrick’s College in 1991, and a Graduate Diploma in Irish folklore from University College Dublin in 1993.
Mr. Foran has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2013 to 2017 and a California Rising Star in 2012. His work has also been recognized in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.
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