Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Elects 14 Partners

1/9/2004

San Francisco -- (January 8, 2004) -- Morrison & Foerster LLP is pleased to announce that 14 lawyers from eight offices were elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2004. The new partners represent the London, Northern Virginia, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and Washington, D.C. offices, and the practice areas of corporate, labor, land use and environmental, litigation, and technology transactions.

The 2004 partnership class comprises individuals with rich background experience, including two former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, a former Assistant to the Solicitor General, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, a former Special Assistant Attorney General for California, and a former U.S. Patent Examiner. Among the class are a CPA, a former technology company General Counsel, and other individuals bringing an impressive range of experience.

Keith C. Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster, said of the new partnership class, "They exemplify the firm's values and strengths -- intelligence, integrity, commitment to superior client service, and expertise in the areas of greatest importance for our clients. Morrison is delighted to open the New Year with the announcement of such an outstanding partnership class."

The new partners are:

Rick Bergstrom
Mr. Bergstrom is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Department and resident in the firm's San Diego office. His practice focuses on representing employers in discrimination and wrongful termination litigation, trade secret and unfair competition litigation, and access litigation. He also regularly counsels employers on a variety of topics, including wage and hour issues, accommodating disabilities, and leaves of absence. Mr. Bergstrom received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Pepperdine University Law School in 1993, where he served as the California Supreme Court Survey Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2000. (Associate)

Beth S. Brinkmann
Ms. Brinkmann is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on litigation in the Supreme Court of the United States and other appellate matters. In April 2002, Ms. Brinkmann argued before the Supreme Court in a case involving educational privacy rights. During the past two years, she has filed more than 15 briefs in the Supreme Court. Ms. Brinkmann served as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States from 1993 to 2001. During that time, she argued 18 cases before the Supreme Court involving a wide range of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory issues. She has argued more cases before the Supreme Court than any other woman in practice today. Ms. Brinkmann received her J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1985, where she served as Note Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as law clerk to the Honorable Phyllis Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and to the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. She joined Morrison & Foerster in 2002. (Of Counsel)

Roger E. Collanton
Mr. Collanton is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's Walnut Creek office. He practices complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on energy, breach of contract, business torts, and unfair competition cases. Prior to law school, Mr. Collanton was a practicing Certified Public Accountant concentrating in financial accounting. He received his J.D. degree from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, in 1995, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Collanton joined Morrison & Foerster in 1999. (Associate)

Steven E. Comer
Mr. Comer is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's Orange County office. He practices intellectual property litigation, with a focus on patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret cases, particularly in the life sciences arena. He teaches trial and deposition skills for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Mr. Comer received his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1991, where he was Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2000. (Of Counsel)

Peter J. Davis
Mr. Davis is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's Northern Virginia office. He has special expertise in patent litigation, high-stakes patent prosecution including reexaminations and reissues, patent interferences, intellectual property licensing, and strategic counseling. Mr. Davis was a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 1990 to 1991. He received his J.D. degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1993, and he is a registered patent attorney. Mr. Davis joined Morrison & Foerster in 2000. (Of Counsel)

Dorothy L. Fernandez
Ms. Fernandez is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's San Francisco office. She practices securities litigation, with the majority of her cases federal class actions, and has defended numerous issuers and related parties in shareholder lawsuits. She also has represented clients in derivative actions, SEC investigations, and complex civil litigation. Ms. Fernandez received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1996, where she served as a member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and was co-chair of HLS Lambda. She joined Morrison & Foerster in 1999. (Associate)

Neil E. Foster
Mr. Foster is a member of the Corporate Group and resident in the firm's London office. He represents companies, venture capitalists, and investment banks in all aspects of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, inward investment, and corporate finance. He also advises on restructurings, pan-European launches and structures, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. He graduated from the College of Law, England, in 1994 with Commendation and qualified as a Solicitor in 1996. Mr. Foster is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. (Of Counsel)

Alicia Guerra
Ms. Guerra is a member of the Land Use and Environmental Law Group and resident in the firm's Walnut Creek office. She practices land use and natural resource law, including land use planning and development, state and federal environmental review requirements, wetlands and endangered species regulation, water rights and air quality, and water quality permitting. Prior to and during law school, Ms. Guerra worked for nine years as a planning and environmental consultant. She received her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1996, and joined Morrison & Foerster later that year. (Associate)

John C. Hou
Mr. Hou is a member of the Technology Transactions Group and resident in the firm's Palo Alto office. He specializes in transactions involving the licensing, sale, distribution, development, and exploitation of high technology and intellectual property with a focus on semiconductors, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, networking, and the Internet. Mr. Hou received his J.D. degree from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, in 1995, where he served as Articles Editor of the California Law Review. Mr. Hou first joined Morrison & Foerster in 1995, and then returned in 2001 after serving as General Counsel of a start-up company. (Of Counsel)

James R. McGuire
Mr. McGuire is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's San Francisco office. He practices complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on the defense of consumer class actions against financial services companies. He received his J.D. degree, with great distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 1996, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as a staff writer and articles editor of the Pacific Law Journal. Mr. McGuire clerked for the Honorable Eugene A. Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 1997. (Associate)

Andrew D. Muhlbach
Mr. Muhlbach is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's San Francisco office. He practices complex civil litigation with an emphasis on the defense of consumer class actions, and has litigated claims involving lender liability, breach of contract, business torts, fraud, unfair competition, products liability, the Government Tort Claims Act, and inverse condemnation. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, where he served as a member of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Mr. Muhlbach joined Morrison & Foerster in 2000. (Associate)

Stuart C. Plunkett
Mr. Plunkett is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's San Francisco office. He specializes in litigating complex commercial disputes in a variety of areas, including antitrust, unfair competition, and breach of contract matters. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1995, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Plunkett clerked for the Honorable Walter J. Cummings of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2000. (Associate)

Alison M. Tucher
Ms. Tucher is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's San Francisco office. She practices complex civil litigation and has handled patent cases, matters for financial institutions, and criminal matters. Ms. Tucher was a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County from 1995 to 1998. She received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1992, where she was Book Review Editor of the Stanford Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. Ms. Tucher clerked for the Honorable David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court. She joined Morrison & Foerster in 1998. (Associate)

Tony West
Mr. West is a member of the Litigation Department and resident in the firm's San Francisco office. He practices civil litigation and criminal law and represents clients in a variety of legal matters, including securities litigation and federal civil and criminal investigations. Mr. West served as an Assistant U.S Attorney in the Northern District of California from 1994 to 1999, and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. from 1993 to 1994. In 1999, Mr. West was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for California. Mr. West received his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1992, where he served as President of the Stanford Law Review. He Joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. (Of Counsel)

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