DENVER (May 18, 2010) – Morrison & Foerster announced today that Steven M. Kaufmann, a litigation partner in the firm’s Denver office, has been appointed Chief of Staff at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Created by the U.S. Congress in 2004, the MCC is an independent U.S. Government foreign aid agency that seeks to reduce poverty through long-term investments in poor countries committed to their own development.
Mr. Kaufmann joined Morrison & Foerster in 1986, and served from 2007 to 2010 as chair of Morrison & Foerster’s 500 lawyer global Litigation Department. Prior to this, Mr. Kaufmann served as managing partner of the Denver office for ten years.
“Over his nearly 25 years with the firm, Steve has been a skilled and admired leader,” said Keith Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster. “Under Steve's leadership, the department maintained its focus on being the world's best team of trial lawyers, but also embraced the development of strong specialized practices. We thank Steve for his tremendous efforts on behalf of the firm, wish him the greatest success in his new role.”
Whitney Holmes, Managing Partner of the firm’s Denver office, said: “Steve’s management contributions have been invaluable to our office, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation will be gaining an outstanding, innovative leader. Those in our office and across the firm will miss him, and we look forward to his continued friendship.”
“It was an important personal decision for me to join the Millennium Challenge Corporation,” said Mr. Kaufmann. “I am excited about the new responsibilities I will take on, but I will certainly miss the firm and my colleagues.”
Through his career, Mr. Kaufmann has litigated a number of complex disputes before juries, courts, and arbitrators, including consumer class actions, antitrust cases, and securities litigation, representing clients from a wide range of industry sectors. He is a past recipient of the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s "Individual of the Year" award as a top lawyer in the area of business litigation, and the "2008 Outstanding Contribution Award" for his longstanding support and his extensive contributions.