Morrison & Foerster’s litigators are recognized for their ability to succeed in high-stakes, complex cases. The firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement and White-Collar Defense Practice Group is one of the leading practices in the country, with particular strength in key jurisdictions in California and New York.

The group has significant experience with federal and state securities class actions, derivative litigation, merger litigation, U.S. Attorney and SEC enforcement investigations and litigation, white-collar criminal defense matters, internal investigations and other complex litigation and counseling involving shareholder suits and corporate governance. Chambers USA 2016 recognized Morrison & Foerster as a leading firm for both Corporate Crime & Investigations and Securities Litigation in the United States. Legal 500 US 2016 recognized the firm as one of the leading firms in the nation for securities litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

We offer a comprehensive platform of legal services, with experienced litigators across our United States, Europe and Asia offices, to best serve clients across the rapidly expanding global economy. Our team also includes in-house accounting professionals with decades of public accounting experience. The firm’s Forensic Accounting Services Group focuses on cases involving the securities laws and on providing assistance with internal investigations. We frequently handle shareholder and derivative litigation and concurrent criminal, civil enforcement and legislative investigations. Given these resources, we have a proven record of success for our clients and a stellar reputation for outstanding client service. Our successes include dozens of early dismissals and numerous trial victories, such as in the largest securities class action jury trial in history.

We communicate with our clients on important news affecting their legal needs, including court decisions, legislation and trends. We also deliver a wide array of reports, white papers, newsletters, blogs and other resources to help clients stay informed. At the request of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the firm has authored several InfoPAKs (white papers) on topics such as Conducting Internal Investigations, Derivative Litigation and M&A Litigation.

Pearlstein v. BlackBerry Limited
(S.D.N.Y.) Representing BlackBerry Limited and its former officers in securities class action in the Southern District of New York related to BlackBerry’s accounting for its sales of BlackBerry 10 devices; all claims dismissed with prejudice.
Smilovits v. First Solar, Inc.
(D. Ariz. and Del. Ch.) Representing First Solar, Inc. and certain officers and directors in securities class actions and related derivative litigation in Arizona and Delaware.
In re Level 3 Communications, Inc. Securities Litigation
(D. Colo.) Successful dismissal of securities class action, with prejudice, against Level 3, as well as current and former officers, affirmed by the Tenth Circuit.
In re Level 3 Communications, Inc. Derivative Litigation and Iron Workers District Council of Tennessee Valley & Vicinity Pension Plan v. Crowe et al.
(Colo. Dist. Ct. and D. Colo.) Obtained voluntary dismissal of state and federal derivative claims.
ACP Master, Ltd. et al. v. Sprint Corp. et al.,
(Del. Ch.) Serve as SoftBank Corporation’s litigation counsel in connection with fiduciary duty and appraisal claims relating to Sprint Corporation’s acquisition of Clearwire Corporation.
Representing several former Bear Stearns officers in securities litigation relating to Bear Stearns-issued residential mortgage-backed securities.
In re Yahoo! Securities Litigation
(N.D. Cal.) Representing Yahoo! Inc. and its directors and/or officers in securities class actions and derivative actions. The federal securities class action was dismissed with prejudice.
In re LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Securities Litigation
(N.D. Cal.) Representing LeapFrog and certain of its directors and officers in connection with a securities class action pending in the Northern District of California.
Representing a social gaming company and its officers and directors in securities class actions and related litigation pending in the Northern District of California, San Francisco Superior Court, and Delaware Chancery Court.
In re Sprint Merger Litigation
(D. Kan.) Represented SoftBank Corporation in litigation that sought to prevent its $21.6 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Sprint Nextel Corporation. Plaintiffs ultimately withdrew their request for a preliminary injunction after oral argument and then voluntarily dismissed their claims after the transaction closed.
In re Oracle Derivative Litigation
(N.D. Cal.) Represented Oracle Corporation in derivative actions and “books and records” action in state and federal courts in California.
In re Capital One Derivative Litigation
(E.D. Va.) Represented Capital One and its officers and directors in derivative litigation in the Eastern District of Virginia. We moved to dismiss, which the court granted without leave to amend.
In re InterCLICK, Inc. Shareholder Litigation
(Del. Ch.) Represented Yahoo! Inc. in connection with its $270 million acquisition of InterCLICK, Inc.
Todd v. STAAR Surgical, et al.
(C.D. Cal.) Defending medical device manufacturer in securities class action litigation regarding allegations related to the company’s compliance with FDA regulations.
Defended health care provider and certain of its officers and directors in a consolidated shareholder derivative action in the District of Colorado for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the Company’s alleged violations of the False Claims Act and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Obtained favorable settlement.
In re JDS Uniphase Securities Litigation
(N.D. Cal.) Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of JDSU and former executives in a securities class action seeking $20 billion for alleged securities fraud and illegal insider trading in the largest securities class action jury trial in history.
In re IPO Securities Litigation
(S.D.N.Y.) Served as court-appointed liaison counsel for more than 300 issuers and 1,000 individual defendants; also directly represented over 30 issuer defendants and approximately 200 individual defendants.

Chambers USA 2016
National: Securities Litigation
National: FCPA
National: Corporate Crime & Investigations
California: Securities Litigation
California: General Commercial Litigation
New York: General Commercial Litigation
New York: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations


Legal 500 US 2016
National: Securities Litigation Defense
National: White-Collar Criminal Defense


Legal 500 UK 2015
Fraud: Civil and Regulatory Investigations
Fraud: Corporate Crime
Commercial Litigation


U.S. News Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2016
Law Firm of the Year: Litigation - Securities
National: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
National: Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (Tier 1)
National: Litigation - Securities (Tier 1)
National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1)
National: Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions (Tier 3)
Los Angeles: Litigation - Securities (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Securities Regulation (Tier 1)
New York: Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Tier 1)
New York: Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (Tier 1)
New York: Litigation – Securities (Tier 1)
San Francisco: Corporate Compliance Law (Tier 1)
San Francisco: Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Tier 1)
San Francisco: Litigation – Securities (Tier 1)


BTI Litigation Outlook 2015
Standout: Securities and Finance Litigation


FT's 2014 U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report
Commended for Securities Litigation


Law360
2013 White Collar Practice Group of the Year


Here is what they say about us:

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

They are very responsive and client service-oriented.
Chambers USA 2016

Major player in the securities and commercial litigation spheres with the capacity to take on national and international cases. Adept at handling high-profile disputes for clients in a range of industries, including health care, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Retains strength in securities class action work as well as investigations and derivative actions.
Chambers USA 2015

Offers a broad range of representation in corporate criminal defense and government investigations. Combines notable trial experience with significant regulatory expertise when handling domestic and international proceedings.
Chambers USA 2015

The firm is excellent. They provide the hard advice, but also manage complex global investigations seamlessly.
Chambers USA 2015

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


“Major player in the securities and commercial litigation spheres with the capacity to take on national and international cases. Adept at handling high-profile disputes for clients in a range of industries, including health care, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Retains strength in securities class action work as well as investigations and derivative actions.”
(Chambers USA 2015)


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