Marshall L. Small

Senior of Counsel | San Francisco | (415) 268-7161
(415) 268-7161

Marshall Small serves as Senior of Counsel to the firm. Mr. Small has been engaged in a diversified business practice, which includes counseling boards of directors and serving as special counsel to board committees, compensation arrangements, and corporate and other public disclosure and securities law matters.

Mr. Small is a member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has served as a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Corporate Governance Project from 1982 through its completion in 1993.  He is a member of, and has served as a Business Law Advisor to, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  He served as a member of the Section’s Committee on Corporate Laws from 1974 to 1982.  As a member of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Functions and Responsibilities of Directors, he participated in the preparation of the Committee’s original “Corporate Directors’ Guidebook” and “The Overview Committees of the Board of Directors.”  Mr. Small has also lectured and written extensively in the fields of corporate and securities law.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Small served as Law Clerk to Justice William O. Douglas at the U.S. Supreme Court, and thereafter, served on active duty as an officer in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. Following a brief period on the faculty of Stanford Law School as an Acting Assistant Professor of Law, Mr. Small joined Morrison & Foerster in 1954, was a partner from 1961 through 1992, and has served as Senior of Counsel to the firm since 1993. Mr. Small has also served as General Counsel to the firm and presently serves as General Counsel Emeritus.

Mr. Small received his A.B. from Stanford University and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law, where he served as Notes Editor of the Stanford Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif.

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