Philip T. Besirof

Partner and General Counsel | San Francisco | (415) 268-6090
(415) 268-6090
As General Counsel to the firm, I have the privilege and opportunity to see our global teams in daily action – and I am unfailingly impressed.

Philip Besirof is General Counsel to Morrison & Foerster and a partner in our Securities Litigation and Securities Enforcement groups. He is a go-to advisor for companies and their directors and officers in the areas of securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and regulator inquiries and investigations. Philip has a long track record of securing successful outcomes, including winning at trial, winning at the pleading stage and on summary judgment, and prevailing on appeal.

Philip’s clients represent a broad range of industries, including:

  • computer hardware
  • consumer products
  • energy
  • financial services
  • gaming
  • technology
  • telecommunications
  • pharmaceutical distribution

He has successfully defended dozens of firms and individuals, including McKesson, Oracle, UPS, Zynga, Infineon, Capital One, and JDSU and its former executives, where he contributed to the complete defense verdict in a securities class action jury trial seeking $20 billion in damages for alleged securities fraud and insider trading.

Philip maintains his active practice while serving as the firm’s General Counsel. As the firm’s principal lawyer, he advises firm leadership and attorneys at all levels on governance, policy development, client intake, ethics, data management and security, and insurance issues. He also chairs the firm’s Risk Management Committee and serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, ex officio.

Philip is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits.

Philip is on the Board of the San Francisco SPCA, a nonprofit organization that protects animals, provides care, and advocates for their welfare. He is the past Chair of the Board of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV.

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