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

  • Defended Uber in the nation’s highest-profile trade secrets case against Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary. The case involved four patents and 121 alleged trade secrets and was a key fight in the heated race to commercialize driverless car technology.
  • Achieved a unanimous verdict in favor of client VMware in the Northern District of California, clearing our client of all claims in a copyright infringement and breach of contract trial involving input/output software.
  • Obtained a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the owner and operator of three airports, including LAX, in a five-week trial in San Mateo County Superior Court that concerned the sale of fire trucks to three of the country’s busiest airports: LAX, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Ultimately, LAWA paid nothing.
  • Secured a victory on behalf of Sandoz Inc. in the first case to interpret the Affordable Care Act’s Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). The federal district court in the Northern District of California ruled in Sandoz’s favor on all issues before the court, adopting Sandoz’s interpretation of the BPCIA in all respects and denying plaintiff Amgen’s motions urging a contrary interpretation and seeking a preliminary injunction. The Federal Circuit later affirmed the key elements of the Sandoz victory.
  • Represented legendary musician Paul McCartney who turned to our Trials team to lead a declaratory judgment lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York against Sony/ATV over copyright interests in hundreds of Beatles songs under the U.S. Copyright Act. We resolved this matter on behalf of McCartney with a confidential settlement agreement.
  • Delivered a complete victory for SoftBank Corporation — Japan’s largest telecom company — in connection with claims that sought first to enjoin a transaction between Sprint and Clearwire and then sought hundreds of millions in alleged damages arising from Aurelius’s investment and appraisal action against Clearwire Corporation.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the University of California, Davis in a dispute regarding strawberry breeding and plant patent rights with a finding of conversion and patent infringement by the defendants, allowing UC Davis to continue its strawberry-breeding program, which accounts for around half of California’s $2.6 billion revenue from strawberries.
  • Won dismissal of all claims against Etsy, Inc. and its officers and directors in a shareholder class action in federal court in New York. The Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal.
  • Secured a major victory for Monster Energy Company defeating plaintiffs’ bid for a nationwide class alleging they were misled by statements on can labels of Monster Energy drinks. Also represented Monster in various lawsuits and consumer class actions brought under unfair competition, false advertising, and product liability laws.
  • Secured a series of victories on behalf of a Symantec subsidiary, Blue Coat Systems, in a ten-patent case pending in the Northern District of California, including summary judgment on two patents, convincing plaintiff Finjan, Inc. to drop two patents after a favorable ruling on a motion to strike, a jury verdict of noninfringement on two patents, a jury verdict of infringement with very low damages on two patents, and a favorable settlement on the final two patents before the trial began.
  • Won a bench trial in California state court on behalf of Lumber Liquidators, which was accused of failing to warn consumers that 26 of its laminate flooring products contained cancer-causing formaldehyde. The judge ruled that the plaintiff “failed to sustain its burden of proof to prove that Lumber Liquidators failed to provide ‘clear and reasonable’ warnings to California consumers.”
  • Won a jury verdict of infringement, validity, and reasonable royalty damages for plaintiff Microscan Systems, Inc. in a patent case filed in the Southern District of New York related to barcode scanners.
  • Obtained defense victory for Sandoz in a Hatch-Waxman case regarding the company’s application to sell an injectable oncology drug. We successfully eliminated all but two claims before trial, and, after a five-day bench trial, the court invalidated the remaining two claims.
  • Served as co-lead counsel in a high-profile patent case leading to a $120 million jury verdict.
  • Obtained favorable defense verdict for the nation’s largest HMO in a case where the plaintiff alleged trade-secrets misappropriation, breach of contract, and other claims.
  • Ensured defense jury verdict in favor of Cessna Aircraft Company in a three-and-a-half-week personal injury trial in in the District Court of Douglas County, Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Secured defense verdict for a major law firm after a five-day jury trial in which a businessman sought to hold our client vicariously liable for the actions of one of its senior of counsel lawyers, who served as an escrow agent for a transaction that turned out to be a Ponzi scheme. The jury determined that the lawyer was not the cause of the plaintiff’s loss. As a result, our client was not vicariously liable.
  • Mistrial following a two-week trial for Palo Alto Networks in a high-stakes patent case involving firewall technology brought by its competitor Juniper Networks.
  • Acted as co-lead counsel in a high-profile patent case securing the largest patent verdict of 2013 (sixth-highest verdict overall).
  • Successfully tried an adversary proceeding against Residential Capital’s junior secured noteholders, defeating their claims of entitlement to hundreds of millions of dollars of post-petition interest.
  • Secured victory on behalf of 16 food manufacturers in a Proposition 65 lawsuit claiming that baby foods, 100% fruit juices, and packaged fruit and vegetable products should carry health warnings because of trace levels of lead. After a five-week bench trial, the judge rejected the plaintiff’s health warning arguments, as well as the “one day” enforcement policy advanced by the California attorney general and environmental groups. This decision is considered to be one of the most potentially significant trial court decisions in the statute’s 25-year history.
  • Obtained defense verdict for Alaska Airlines in a case brought by a group of first-class passengers who were removed from a flight from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Las Vegas. After a three-week trial, the jury of seven returned a unanimous defense verdict on all counts.
  • Achieved defense victory for Monier Group after an eight-week jury trial in a case seeking more than $250 million in compensatory damages plus punitive damages on behalf of 128,000 potential class members over allegations of false advertising. After deliberations, the jury awarded $7.4 million but the judge set aside the jury verdict, finding that the statistical sampling method used by the plaintiffs’ expert to determine class size, liability, and damages could not be supported.
  • Secured judgment in favor of a financial services company in a putative EFTA consumer class action following a two-day bench trial.
  • Served as lead defense counsel for founder and former CEO of a high-tech company in DOJ and SEC proceedings alleging stock option backdating and improper revenue recognition. Two jury trials resulted in acquittal on six counts and a hung jury on the remaining count.
  • Acted as lead counsel in a high-profile smartphone case leading to a jury verdict of over $1 billion.
  • Obtained defense verdict on behalf of Sandoz in a patent dispute in the District of Delaware. Allergan brought suit against Sandoz regarding an extended-release treatment for overactive bladder condition, yet had all six of the patents-in-suit ruled invalid due to obviousness following the trial.
  • Secured “take nothing” defense jury verdict in favor of Cessna Aircraft Company in a four-week trial in the Northern District of Texas. The jury concluded that the crash of a Cessna Caravan 208B aircraft piloted by the plaintiffs' decedent was primarily caused by pilot error. The plaintiffs sought over $75 million in damages.
  • Achieved a victory on behalf of  Sandoz in an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation case in the District of New Jersey. Hospira alleged that Sandoz’s new product, dexmedetomidine, would infringe two patents. After an eight-day trial, the court ruled in favor of our client.
  • Secured a $60 million verdict in a wrongful death trial.

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.’”

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." 

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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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