Morrison & Foerster tries more cases on a regular basis than most large law firms. Our current team of trial lawyers has first-chaired more than 750 jury trials across the country. In addition, we have tried hundreds of cases to arbitrators and administrative bodies.
We have four members of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and six Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Trial Preparation Philosophy
In an ideal world, all of our clients’ cases would be resolved without a trial. Litigation and trials, in particular, are stressful and expensive. From the moment we begin working on a case, we are looking for ways to resolve the dispute. The most cost-effective way to achieve our clients’ goals is to prepare each case as if it were going to trial. We focus on the key issues, witnesses, and documents at the outset so our clients can assess their case strengths and weaknesses early on. If a matter does not settle, this planning leaves us well positioned to present our client’s case to a judge or jury.
Our trial attorneys have one mission—to achieve the best results for our clients. We do this in two ways: (1) training our lawyers to have the skills essential to successfully trying a case, and (2) managing our resources and experiences so that we efficiently and effectively prepare for trial. We are able to staff our cases with trial teams that reflect the diversity of the jurors who will decide our clients’ cases because of our long-standing commitment to recruiting, training, and advancing women and lawyers of color.
Recent Trial Experience
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 2013 and 2012 editions of the Intellectual Property Hot List, a selection of 20 firms that “demonstrated creative, formidable talent in litigation, patent prosecution and deal-making.” 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’.”
BTI Names MoFo a Top 10 Litigation Powerhouse
Arturo González Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
Michèle Corash Named American Lawyer Litigator of the Week
Rachel Krevans and Grant Esposito Share Spotlight as American Lawyer Litigators of the Week
NLJ Names Jamie Levitt a "Winning" Litigator
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