“ As the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office, I have the privilege and opportunity to see our teams in daily action – and I am unfailingly impressed.
Philip Besirof is General Counsel to Morrison & Foerster, Managing Partner of the San Francisco office, 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:
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 serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, ex officio, and chairs the firm’s Risk Management Committee.
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 the past Chair of the Board of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to promote health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV.