Morrison & Foerster is one of the leading banking and financial services law firms in the world, advising domestic and foreign banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, mortgage bankers, investment banks, investment management companies and investment advisers, and other financial institutions on regulatory and litigation, as well as transactional, matters.

Our clients tell us that the current financial and regulatory environment make it more important than ever for their law firms to have sophisticated bank regulatory capabilities, an in-depth understanding of the financial markets, and industry-specific litigation expertise. And they tell us that the breadth of our practice and this combination of expertise and experience is among the key reasons why they have come to rely on us.

Many of the largest financial institutions in the world turn to us for advice on bank regulatory matters. Our bank regulatory and financial services practice is one of the largest in the U.S. On any given day, we will provide advice to clients on privacy, money laundering, consumer financial services, commercial and retail banking, and regulatory capital issues.

It is fair to say that we have played an important role in shaping the evolution of financial services law in the United States. We have been involved in every federal legislative and regulatory initiative involving or affecting banking over the past 30 years, including proposals addressing bank powers, the regulation of consumer lending, fair lending, mortgage lending reform, privacy and information sharing, electronic fund transfers and other payment systems, capital requirements, and other matters affecting the banking industry.

The firm is particularly experienced in the regulatory and compliance requirements for credit cards, debit cards, and other payment products. The firm also has an unparalleled retail banking practice that includes assisting clients in the development of a broad range of innovative banking and mortgage products, and the expansion of financial activities by non-traditional financial service companies. In the wholesale banking area, the firm is well-known for its representation of a large number of foreign banks in their U.S. activities. We are, quite possibly, the most experienced U.S. law firm in the area of privacy and data security.

There are very few firms in the United States that have combined expertise in financial services, with highly evolved work in capital markets, debt trading, derivatives, financial product structuring, investment management, and restructuring. We are one of those few.

The firm represents banks and other financial services clients throughout the United States in both federal and state court matters. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of consumer class action litigation in the financial services industry, successfully representing banks and other financial services companies in numerous suits involving deposit and checking accounts, credit cards, real estate, mortgage transactions, consumer loans, loan-related fees, mortgage insurance, auto loans, ADR clauses, and other consumer relationships.

The consistent quality and efficacy of our work in the financial institutions and financial services has been well-recognized by rankings and directories, including Chambers, IFLR1000, Legal 500, and PLC Global 50.

Chambers USA 2016
Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance): Nationwide
Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance): Nationwide
Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation): Nationwide


Financial Times: US Innovative Lawyers
One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Enabling Clients Business, 2015
One of five firms ranked "Standout" in the category of Finance, 2012


IFLR1000 2017
United States: Financial Services Regulatory
United States: Banking


Legal 500 US 2016
Financial Services Regulation: National


Women in Compliance Awards
Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year, 2015 and 2016


Operational Risk & Regulation Awards 2013
Law Firm of the Year


Thomson Reuters Accelus Compliance Awards 2012, 2014
One of Four Firms Shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year


U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2017
National: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
National: Litigation – Banking & Finance (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
New York City: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
New York City: Litigation – Banking & Finance (Tier 1)
New York City: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 3)
San Francisco: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
San Francisco: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 2)
San Francisco: Litigation – Banking & Finance (Tier 2)
Washington D.C.: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Litigation – Banking & Finance (Tier 2)


U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Law Firm of the Year 2014
Financial Services Regulation Law

Rick Fischer
Senior Partner
Washington D.C.
(202) 887-1566

Oliver I. Ireland
Partner
Washington D.C.
(202) 778-1614

Barbara R. Mendelson
Partner
New York
(212) 468-8118

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