Morrison & Foerster regularly tries cases: our 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.
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.
Our team includes four members of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and six fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Recent Trial Experience
Chambers USA In 2019 and 2018, our New York practice was named “Highly Regarded” for General Commercial Litigation and our California practice was ranked “Band 2” in General Commercial Litigation.
Chambers Asia Pacific In 2019 and 2018, we were ranked in the Top Tier in Japan for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property.
Legal 500 US In 2019 and 2018, we received over 50 practice rankings with Arturo González also being recognized among the leading trial lawyers in America.
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific In 2019 and 2018, we were ranked in the Top Tier for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property.
Best Lawyers in America In 2019 and 2018, over 50 of our litigators were recommended among the best in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers In the 2019 and 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings, we ranked in the Top Tier nationwide in 12 litigation practice areas: Antitrust Litigation, Appellate, Banking & Finance Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Labor & Employment Litigation, Patent Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation, Securities Litigation, and Tax Litigation.
Here is what clients and others are saying about us:
Chambers USA 2019
"excellent in client service; they provide very specialized and tailored advice; they do outstanding legal work, and their thinking and strategies are excellent."
"I think MoFo has an amazing lineup - it's an incredibly deep bench."
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.”
"It is one of the few firms that are capable of handling complex, hi-tech matters on a global scale.”
Legal 500 US 2019
“Arturo González is known for his 'energetic and emotive' victories in the courtroom.”
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.’”
MoFo Diversity:Trial Lawyers
Ranked Top Tier in 12 litigation practices nationwide in US News & World Report Best Lawyers
Four members of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Six fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
“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.” Chambers USA 2018
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