Legal Expertise in Sustainability Drives High Rankings for MoFo on the FT 2018 Innovative Lawyers Report

12/17/2018

Susan H. Mac Cormac

Energy, Life Sciences, Private Funds, Social Enterprise + Impact Investing, and Technology Transactions

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The Financial Times announced the winners of its FT 2018 North America Innovative Lawyers awards in its annual report, released on December 11. Among the winners, Morrison & Foerster was ranked first in the category for “Enabling Business Growth and Transformation” and as a commended firm in the category for “Creating a New Standard.” In addition to the individual category rankings, Morrison & Foerster was ranked in the top 20 for “Most Innovative Law Firms 2018: Legal Expertise”—moving up four spots from last year’s rankings.

High rankings for the firm in this year’s publication were driven by a commitment to partnering with organizations dedicated to environmental and agricultural sustainability. 

Morrison & Foerster partner Suz Mac Cormac was commended for her work with The Carbon Endowment, a nonprofit partnership designed to retire coal deposits responsibly while alleviating the disadvantages to communities dependent on the coal mining industry. For our lawyers’ involvement in advising the structure and launch of The Carbon Endowment, Morrison & Foerster was the top-ranking firm in the “Enabling Business Growth and Transformation” category, earning 25 out of a possible 30 points. 

The firm also earned a commendation in the “Creating a New Standard” category for our collaboration with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research on a research and development initiative known as Crops of the Future. Morrison & Foerster lawyers, led by San Francisco of counsel Scott Carter, developed a flexible legal structure that allows new projects to be financed over time and increases new partnerships, while protecting the intellectual property of its members.

In partnership with RSG Consulting, founder of the report and award series, FT 2018 North America Innovative Lawyers Report is dedicated to recognizing the most innovative lawyers, private practice, and in-house legal departments in North America. The report committee received well over 500 submissions from 94 law firms and 105 in-house legal teams. In August, RSG began the process of researching and interviewing nearly 500 clients, senior lawyers, and executives to arrive at the final rankings.

View the full list of the FT 2018 North America Innovative Lawyers Report rankings.

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