Morrison & Foerster is no stranger to complex, high-stakes and bet-the-company 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 more than 450 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 team includes more than 130 lawyers and patent agents 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.
Morrison & Foerster is consistently ranked for its litigation capabilities throughout the United States, Asia and Europe by leading directories such as Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. In the 2020 edition of BTI Consulting’s Litigation Outlook report, MoFo was named to its list of “Awesome Opponents,” one of 10 firms that in-house counsel most feared seeing across the table in litigation. Additionally, Financial Times recognized MoFo as one of the Most Innovative Law Firms in North America and Asia-Pacific in each region’s most recent Innovative Lawyers report, which assess lawyers on their innovation for clients and the broader legal industry. Our litigators are frequently recognized in their respective fields by Law360, Daily Journal, National Law Journal and The American Lawyer.
Leading Trial LawyersWe 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 JournalThe 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:
“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.”
“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.”
MoFo Diversity:Trial Lawyers
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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