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Legal 500 US Recognizes MoFo Practices, Lawyers Among Top in Nation

11 Jun 2021

The Legal 500 United States, has once again recognized Morrison & Foerster as a leading law firm by including 45 of the firm’s practices and 146 of its lawyers in its newly released 2021 edition, which ranks and recommends law firms and lawyers in the United States. The rankings are based solely on feedback from in-house peers and The Legal 500’s independent research.

Of the practice area rankings, the firm received four Tier 1 distinctions, including Cyber Law (including Data Protection and Privacy); Government Contracts; Patents: Licensing; and Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action – Defense: Consumer Products (including Tobacco). The firm also entered the rankings this year in both Real Estate and International Trade.

Underscoring the wide range of talent at Morrison & Foerster, The Legal 500 recognized 146 of the firm’s lawyers, eight of whom are included on the publication’s highest distinction: the “Hall of Fame” list, which honors lawyers who have received constant praises from their clients for continued excellence. The Morrison & Foerster lawyers on the 2021 “Hall of Fame” list include:

  • Arturo González, Leading Trial Lawyers
  • Brian Busey, Patents: Litigation (International Trade Commission) 
  • Deanne Maynard, Appellate
  • Kristen Mathews, Cyber Law: Data Privacy and Data Protection
  • Michael Ward, Patents: Prosecution (including Reexamination and Post-grant Proceedings)
  • Miriam Wugmeister, Cyber Law: Data Privacy and Data Protection
  • Vivian Hanson, Outsourcing
  • William Schwartz, in both Technology Transactions and Telecoms & Broadcast Transactions

In addition to the “Hall of Fame” distinction, a number of other Morrison & Foerster lawyers received praises from The Legal 500 with seven partners tapped as “Leading Lawyers” in their field.

Leading Lawyers:

  • David Churchill, Government Contracts
  • Erin Bosman, Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action - Defense: Consumer Products (including Tobacco)
  • Joseph Palmore, Appellate
  • Julie O’Neill, Cyber Law: Data Privacy and Data Protection
  • Mark Edelstein, Real Estate Finance
  • Thomas Fileti, Real Estate Finance
  • William Schwartz, Patents: Licensing

The firm has also been recognized by The Legal 500 and broader market for our commitment to up-and-coming lawyers. Speaking to the material difference they’ve made to their practice, five lawyers were recognized as “Next Generation Partners” and one received “Rising Star” rankings.

Next Generation Partners:

  • Damien Specht, Government Contracts
  • Eliot Adelson, Antitrust: Cartel
  • Jennifer Marines, Restructuring (including bankruptcy): Corporate
  • Julie Park, in both the Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action - Defense: Consumer Products (including Tobacco) and the Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Defense
  • Keith Print, Real Estate Finance

Rising Stars:

  • Melissa Crespo, Cyber Law: Data Privacy and Data Protection
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