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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 hundreds 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 four members of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and eight fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). 


The Daily Journal
The Daily Journal named three Morrison & Foerster partners to its list of 2018 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers, including Palo Alto partner Catherine Polizzi and San Francisco partners Stefani Shanberg and Michael Ward.


U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers
The 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings recognized as Top Tier nationwide the following litigation practice areas: Antitrust Litigation, Banking & Finance, Environmental, ERISA, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Patent, Regulatory Enforcement, and Securities.


U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers
In the 2017 “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 2018, we received 44 practice rankings, including Top-Tier rankings in California Corporate/M&A, Transactions, and Privacy + Data Security.


Chambers Asia Pacific
The 2018 rankings included: Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Technology, Media, and Telecoms. We also received recognition in the Top Tier for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property in Japan.


Chambers Asia Pacific
In 2017, we were ranked in the Top Tier in Japan for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property.


Legal 500 US
2018’s edition recognized MoFo as a top tier firm in four practice areas, including areas of IP and Cyber Law where our firm continues to excel. These are just a few of the 49 practice rankings we received that included Patent Litigation, Real Estate, Tax, and Financial Services Regulation. In addition, almost 200 of our lawyers were recommended nationwide, fifteen of those individuals being recognized as some of America’s leading trial lawyers.


Legal 500 Global
In 2017, we were ranked in Japan in the Top Tier for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property. 

 


Best Lawyers in America
117 of our lawyers were ranked in the 2018 edition, including ten individuals recommended as Lawyers of the Year.


Best Lawyers in America
In 2017, over 50 of our litigators were recommended among the best in the nation.


Here is what they say about us:

Chambers USA 2018

“They have an outstanding track record in litigation; they achieve success on some of the most complex litigation there is. They are thoughtful counselors and seek creative, cost-effective solutions for their clients."

“Accomplished group of trial lawyers with broad civil litigation expertise, which includes handling high-value privacy, IP and product liability disputes.”

“Recommended for high-stakes litigation”

"They're very strong at strategic analysis and thinking about it in a global way."

Legal 500 US 2018

“Powerful patent practice with an impressive client list featuring big names in technology, biotechnology and consumer electronics. Maintains a fine reputation for its strengths in high-stakes litigation and well supported by a deep bench of seasoned trial lawyers. Also possesses significant expertise in rights strategy and prosecution work, alongside deep experience in appellate proceedings."

“Skilled advocates, able to present highly technical issues and arguments to the judges.”

In 2018, we received 44 practice rankings, including Top-Tier rankings in California Corporate/M&A, Transactions, and Privacy + Data Security. 
Chambers USA 2017

“They have really been a great strategic partner for us, they have gone above and beyond."

“They combine intellectual firepower with a tremendous investigative and analytical ability, and they are brilliant on the tactical and strategic level.”

“MoFo is an excellent firm. The individuals we have worked with have shown a very strong legal acumen, excellent business judgment, wonderful customer service and, above all, availability.”

Legal 500 US 2017

“Clients praise Morrison & Foerster LLP for its ‘subject matter expertise and clear communication with clients’, calling it ‘outstanding in all respects.’”

“A great, highly efficient service.”

“Knowledgeable and strategic.”

In 2018, we received 44 practice rankings, including Top-Tier rankings in California Corporate/M&A, Transactions, and Privacy + Data Security. 

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Corporate Council


Law360
Litigation Powerhouse 2016


Chambers USA 2018
"They are extremely business-minded and wonderful partners. They are efficient, effective and provide actionable advice."

"It is one of the few firms that are capable of handling complex, hi-tech matters on a global scale."


Legal 500 US 2018
“An extremely high level of service, responsiveness and strategic advice.”


Chambers USA 2017
“They combine intellectual firepower with a tremendous investigative and analytical ability, and they are brilliant on the tactical and strategic level.”

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