Litigation


Morrison & Foerster is no stranger to complex, high-stakes disputes. Our clients, whether they are Fortune 100 multinationals or early-stage tech companies, turn to us for help with their most difficult legal issues. We work closely with them to understand their businesses, identify potential areas of legal exposure, devise strategies to manage risk, and, where appropriate, resolve disputes short of trial.

If it comes to trial, Morrison & Foerster litigators win. Our clients have prevailed in hundred of cases before judges and juries. We have 120 lawyers with first-chair trial experience, and 10 members of the most elite U.S. trial organizations: the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Our 400 litigators include some of the top trial and appellate lawyers in the U.S., Japan, China, and the UK, with leading practitioners in intellectual property, securities, commercial litigation, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, product liability, class actions, unfair competition, financial services, trade secrets, privacy, and employment litigation. Our clients include such leading companies as Bayer Corporation, Clorox, EchoStar, Gap, JPMorgan Chase, McKesson Corporation, Novartis, Oracle, Target, U.S. Bank, and Yahoo!  Our team includes more than 150 lawyers with technical degrees and experience as engineers and other technical professionals. This experience provides our clients with a competitive edge in analyzing claims and defenses with respect to technology, life sciences, financial services, and consumer products.

Our firm is consistently ranked as one of the top litigation practices in the country by The American Lawyer, the Chambers guides, The National Law Journal, and Benchmark Litigation. The U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” ranks the firm in the top tier nationally in 12 separate litigation practices. We are also the only law firm to have four lawyers on the National Law Journal's annual "Winning" list four years running. That's four different trial lawyers from one of the deepest litigation benches in the world.

Leading Trial Lawyers
We have seven members of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and eight fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).


National Law Journal
We were named to the 2016, 2013, and 2012 editions of the Intellectual Property Hot List, a selection of 15 firms that “demonstrated creative, formidable talent in litigation, patent prosecution and deal-making.” In 2016, our work cleared the way for Sandoz's Zarxio to become the first biosimilar drug available in the United States. In 2014, we were named to the 2014 Appellate Hot List, which recognizes law firms with "outstanding achievements before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state courts of last resort.”

In 2014, NLJ named Jamie Levitt a "Winning" litigator for her trial win on behalf of Residential Capital. This marks the fifth year a MoFo lawyer has been named to this prestigious list since 2008. Michael Jacobs was named in 2011 for his win on behalf of Novell, Inc., David Doyle in 2010 for his win on behalf of Applied Biosystems, Arturo Gonzalez in 2009 for his victory on behalf of Hansen Medical Inc., and Jim Bennett in 2008 for his success on behalf of JDS Uniphase Corp.


U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers
In the 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings, we ranked in the Top Tier nationwide in 10 litigation practice areas: Antitrust Litigation, Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Labor & Employment Litigation, Patent Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation, Securities Litigation, and Tax Litigation.


Chambers USA
In 2015, we received 21 practice rankings, including Top-Tier rankings in General Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Securities Litigation.


Chambers Asia Pacific
In 2015, we were ranked in the Top Tier in Japan for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property.


Legal 500 US
In 2015, we received 21 practice rankings, including a Top-Tier ranking in Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Aerospace and Aviation. Arturo González was also recognized among the top trial lawyers in America.


Legal 500 Japan
In 2015, we were ranked in the Top Tier for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property.


The Recorder
We were named the 2013 California Product Liability Firm of the Year. We also received an honorable mention in the overall California Litigation Department of the Year category and were a finalist in the California Intellectual Property category.


Law360
In 2013, we were named White Collar Group of the Year. In 2012, we were named Practice Group of the Year for Appellate, Employment and Intellectual Property.


BTI Consulting
In 2013, we were one of only three U.S. firms ranked by in-house counsel as a “Powerhouse” in IP litigation, the highest honor in the field. BTI also ranked us as a “Standout” law firm in securities and finance litigation and placed the firm on the “Honor Roll” for complex commercial litigation and complex employment litigation. We were also named one of the “Most Feared Litigation Law Firms.”


Best Lawyers in America
In 2014, 62 of our litigators were recommended among the best in the nation.


Here is what they say about us:

Chambers USA 2015

“They are able to staff any matter appropriately so they can bring in huge resources whether that be back office or front office support, the right research, or the right drafting.”

“They have done an outstanding job in handling a large matter with multiple elements.”

“They are extremely smart and manage complex situations with multiple clients very effectively.”

Legal 500 US 2015

“The team at Morrison & Foerster LLP ‘provides excellent practical advice and is responsive and sensitive to important issues’.”

“Morrison & Foerster LLP provides ‘outstanding service and spot-on advice’ honed by ‘a very practical approach and a good eye to managing costs’.”

“Morrison & Foerster LLP is ‘rated very highly’ for its ‘business acumen’ and its provision of ‘practical, straightforward advice that helps the client address real-world business problems’.”

Grant J. Esposito
Partner
New York
(212) 468-8166

David F. McDowell
Partner
Los Angeles
(213) 892-5383

Corporate Council


Law360
Litigation Powerhouse 2016


Chambers USA 2016
“Their best qualities are a high degree of skill and they're excellent litigators that know their audience.”


Chambers Asia 2016
“They were amazing. They understood the clients’ work, the response rate is fast and their work content was also wonderful.”


Chambers USA 2015
“They are able to staff any matter appropriately so they can bring in huge resources whether that be back office or front office support, the right research, or the right drafting.”


Legal 500 US 2016
“They do an outstanding job at gaining knowledge of their clients’ industries and the specifics of their businesses.”


Legal 500 US 2015
“Rated very highly for their business acumen and provision of practical, straightforward advice that helps the client address real-world business problems.”

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