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Morrison & Foerster Elects Three to Firmwide Leadership Forming New Management Team

San Francisco Partners Anna Erickson White and Craig D. Martin share responsibilities for managing the firm’s 11 U.S. and European offices, while Eric J. Piesner is responsible for overseeing the firm’s four Asian offices.

17 Oct 2012

SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO – October 17, 2012 – Morrison & Foerster LLP announced today that San Francisco litigation partners Craig D. Martin and Anna Erickson White and real estate partner Eric J. Piesner  begin their terms as firmwide Managing Partners reporting to newly elected Chair and Chief Executive Partner Larren M. Nashelsky.  Mr. Martin and Ms. White share responsibilities for managing the firm’s nine U.S. and two European offices, while Mr. Piesner is responsible for overseeing the firm’s four Asian offices.

“Anna, Eric, and Craig bring proven leadership, strategic thinking and an unwavering commitment to the success of Morrison & Foerster,” said Larren Nashelsky, incoming Chair of Morrison & Foerster. “I am confident they will be a formidable team, with a very broad and real understanding of the firm’s practices, clients, culture, and economics, aptly poised to face the competitive challenges of today’s legal market.”

The group succeeds Pamela J. Reed, who served as firmwide Managing Partner for 13 years. During Ms. Reed’s term the firm has been included on The American Lawyer A-List for nine straight years and has strengthened its global platform, particularly in Asia, where it is the leading international firm in Tokyo and has a robust China practice. As noted by The American Lawyer in its 25th anniversary edition of the Am Law 100, Morrison & Foerster is one of only eight firms from the original Am Law 100 with at least 1,000 percent growth in gross revenue and 500 percent growth in profits per partner. Ms. Reed will be broadly engaged in the transition to new leadership over the next year.

“MoFo owes Pam a tremendous debt of gratitude for her tireless commitment to the firm during the past decade,” outgoing firm Chair Keith C. Wetmore said. “The firm has never been stronger, which can be directly attributed to Pam’s management, planning, persistence, and diligence.”

Ms. White, a firmwide Managing Partner from 2006 to 2009, is a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement + White-Collar Defense Group. She also chairs the Business Review Committee, which advises the firm on conflicts and strategy issues. She returns as a Managing Partner with responsibilities that include deepening ties with the firm’s existing clients and developing new relationships with potential clients.

“Having served as Managing Partner in the past, I know the rigors and tremendous rewards of the job,” Ms. White said. “I look forward to working with our clients and firm leaders to fine-tune our practice to evolving client needs.”

Ms. White represents public companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, derivative suits, internal investigations, SEC investigations, and general commercial disputes. Ms. White earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Before attending law school, Ms. White was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Mr. Martin, also a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement + White-Collar Defense Group, represents clients in SEC enforcement and DOJ matters, corporate investigations, and private securities litigation.

“By all measures our firm is thriving. Financially we are having one of our best years ever, and our lawyers are busy with market-shaping matters across the globe,” Mr. Martin said. “Our success reflects our clients’ confidence that Morrison & Foerster is home to some of the best lawyers in the world. We remain focused on providing the highest quality client service, every day.”

Over the last five years, Mr. Martin has conducted more than a dozen internal corporate investigations involving complex accounting and disclosure issues, whistleblower claims, and potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Martin also serves as personal counsel for executives and directors in SEC and DOJ matters involving allegations of accounting fraud, reporting failures, and insider trading. Mr. Martin is a veteran of the SEC’s San Francisco office. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School and B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Piesner is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, is head of the firm’s Asia real estate practice, and is the global Co-Chair of the firm’s 550-lawyer Business Department.

“As MoFo approaches its 25th Anniversary in Tokyo, we’re incredibly proud of the growth and success we’ve had in Japan, as well as China,” Mr. Piesner said. “The firm’s strategic objective is to continue to represent the top companies in these markets in their most significant matters, whether corporate or litigation, and I’m looking forward to growing our practices to support client needs.”

Mr. Piesner’s practice focuses on the representation of funds, banks, REITs and other institutional clients in all major aspects of real estate-related transactions in Japan, China, India, Australia and other markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Most recently Mr. Piesner counseled Global Logistic Properties Limited, in its $1.6 billion joint venture with a sovereign wealth fund for the acquisition of 15 logistics properties in Japan from a fund managed by LaSalle Investment Management. The deal was awarded Real Estate Deal of the Year by Asian Legal Business, Japan Law Awards 2012. Mr. Piesner earned his J.D. and M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, and his A.B. from Colby College.

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