Press Release

Leading Trial Attorney Jane Barrett Joins Morrison & Foerster


Jane Barrett joins Los Angeles office along with colleague Angela Dotson; both bring extensive big-case experience; Ms. Barrett was first woman member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association


Los Angeles, May 2, 2006– Morrison & Foerster announced that prominent trial lawyer Jane H. Barrett has joined the firm along with Angela E. Dotson.  Ms. Barrett and Ms. Dotson join as partners in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Ms. Barrett has more than 25 years’ experience handling significant cases for Fortune 100 companies.  She is a well-known litigator in a number of fields, including intellectual property and complex business disputes.  Ms. Dotson, who has worked alongside Ms. Barrett for the last four years, has handled a broad range of commercial matters.

Ms. Barrett and Ms. Dotson join Morrison & Foerster from the Los Angeles office of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, where they were partners. 

Morrison & Foerster Chair Keith Wetmore said of their arrival:  "We are delighted to welcome Jane and Angela to the firm.  Jane is a highly regarded trial attorney in Southern California with tremendous commercial litigation experience.  Together, Jane and Angela will make an immediate impact for the firm and add further depth to our nationally recognized litigation practice."

Lori Schechter, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, added:  "Jane brings a distinguished reputation and a record of courtroom success on large commercial matters.  She and Angela will be invaluable resources for our clients, and we are excited to have them join our team."

Ms. Barrett has experience arguing cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States.  "I have long admired Morrison & Foerster, and I look forward to being a part of its premier litigation practice," she said.

Ms. Barrett is active in state and national bar associations.  She was the first woman to be elected to the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA) and was member of the ABA Commission for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession as well as its Federal Judiciary Committee.  She is a past president of the American Bar Endowment and is currently on the Loyola Board of Regents and serves on the United States District Court disciplinary committee.  Ms. Barrett is listed in Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in commercial litigation.  She received her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1972. 

Ms. Dotson has a commercial litigation practice representing Fortune 500 companies before state and federal courts at all levels, including on appeal and at trial.  She also has experience handling matters through alternative dispute resolution, including mediations and arbitrations.  Ms. Dotson received her J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 1995.

Morrison & Foerster has 450 litigators located around the world who represent defendants and plaintiffs in federal and state courts, as well as before other tribunals.  The firm’s litigation group covers a broad array of practice areas, including securities, antitrust, white collar crime, product liability, and patent and trademark.  The firm has experience in individual and class action litigation involving advertising and unfair competition, insurance coverage, and labor and employment matters.




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