Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Elevates 24 to the Partnership


SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (January 7, 2008) – Morrison & Foerster LLP has named 24 new partners from its associate and of-counsel ranks for 2008.  

The two dozen partners are resident in 10 offices and represent a continuing investment in deepening a number of the firm’s major litigation and business practices, including corporate and securities, intellectual property, life sciences, technology, financial institutions, real estate, land use and environmental, products liability and privacy law, federal tax, and state and local tax.

“We are pleased to welcome our newest group of partners, all of whom have shown tremendous commitment and exceptional practice success in their still-young careers,” said Morrison & Foerster chair Keith Wetmore

“While high-profile lateral partners tend to generate the most attention, we’re especially proud of those attorneys who have come up through the ranks here at Morrison & Foerster.  Seven of the members of this class were our summer associates.  Women make up one-third of the new class.”  Mr. Wetmore added, “This class also has a large concentration of lawyers with significant international, government, and company experience.  The energy, experience, and skill contributed by these younger partners make a critical contribution to success for our clients.”

San Francisco

  • Jason Bartlett  – IP Litigation; J.D. Hastings College of Law (1998); B.A. University of California, Davis (1995)
  • Derek Boswell – Real Estate;  J.D. University of California, Davis (1997); B.S. California Polytechnic (1993)
  • Shane Brun – IP Litigation; J.D. Hastings College of Law (1995); B.S. University of Arkansas (1990)
  • Melissa Jones – Securities Litigation; J.D. University of California, Davis (1999); B.A. California State University, Chico (1995)
  • Andres Vallejo – State and Local Tax; J.D. Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley (1999); B.S. University of California, Riverside (1996)

New York

  • Gabriel Meister – Technology Transactions/Outsourcing; J.D. Harvard Law School (1998); B.A. Brown University (1993)
  • Shamir Merali – Federal Tax; J.D. Harvard Law School (1999); M.Sc. McGill University (1996); B.A. Dartmouth (1991)
  • Rachel Wertheimer – Litigation; JD (1998) and M.A. (1996) University of Michigan; B.A. University of Vermont (1993)

San Diego

  • Erin Bosman – Products Liability Litigation; J.D. (1999) and B.B.A. (1994) University of San Diego
  • Taylor Stevens –  Corporate/Securities; J.D. and MBA  Santa Clara University(1998); B.A. University of California, Berkeley (1993)

Palo Alto 

  • Christine Lyon – Employment Litigation and Privacy; J.D. Stanford (1999); B.A. University of Iowa (1996)
  • Mika Mayer – Patent/Medical Devices/Venture Intellectual Property; J.D. Boston University (2002); B.S. University of Arizona (1999) 
  • Dawn Smith –  Corporate/Securities; J.D. Stanford (1996); MBA Providence College (1993); B.S. U.S. Naval Academy (1986)
  • Jie Zhou – Patent/Biotech; J.D. University of San Francisco (2001); Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Davis (1990); B.S. Beijing University (1986 )

Los Angeles 

  • Mehran Arjomand – Patent/Electronics, Software and Telecom; J.D. Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley (1995); B.S.M.E. University of California, Berkeley (1991)
  • Nicole Smith – IP Litigation; J.D. University of Chicago (1994); B.A. (1991) University of Illinois

Washington, D.C.

  • Brian Matsui – Appellate/U.S. Supreme Court; J.D. (1999) and B.A. (1995) Stanford
  • Andrew Smith – Financial Services and Privacy; J.D. William & Mary (1994); B.A. (1987) Williams College    

Northern Virginia 

  • Erik Velapoldi – Corporate/Securities; J.D. (1995) and B.A. (1992) University of Virginia            

Walnut Creek, CA

  • Mitchell Randall – Land Use; J.D. Hastings College of Law (1997); B.S. University of Colorado, Boulder (1988)


  • Kei Amemiya – Corporate/Antitrust; LL.M. University of Michigan Law School (1998); Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan (1993); LL.B. Chuo University (1989)
  • Taro Isshiki – IP Litigation; J.D. George Washington University Law School (1998); B.A. Cornell (1995)
  • Daniel Levison – Litigation/Internal Investigations; J.D. University of Pennsylvania (1997); M.Sc. London School of Economics (1994); B.A. Cornell (1993)


  • Gregory Tan – Real Estate; LL.B. University of Bristol, England (1994)



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