In a recent ranking of U.S. litigation practices by Law360, Morrison & Foerster was named a Litigation Powerhouse for its impressive record of client wins at trial and on appeal. This is the latest in a series of recognitions that affirms the 500-lawyer litigation team as a leader in:

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Working Together to Serve Your Interests

The secret to MoFo’s success, Law360 notes, is the collaborative approach lawyers bring to serving client needs.

“There’s no internal competition at MoFo. We’re all on the same team, pulling the oars in the same direction for our client,” explains Deanne Maynard, co-chair of the firm’s Appellate & Supreme Court Practice. “That gets back to the way we staff matters — putting the best team together. The feeling here is that we’re all stronger working together toward one end.”

MoFo recently strengthened its litigation bench with the addition of three former prosecutors: Carrie Cohen, who previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York; James Koukios, who served as the senior deputy chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and Chuck Duross, who is the former head of the DOJ’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit.

In addition, the firm significantly expanded its Government Contracts & Public Procurement Practice in April with the addition of eight new partners in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Taking a Long View

When cases go to trial, MoFo develops a long-term strategy in representing the needs of its clients.

"If it’s not in the record, it didn’t happen,” Ben Fox, co-chair of the firm’s global Litigation Department, tells Law360. “We take the long view with our cases. If we don’t win at trial, we want to win at appeal. And if we do win, we want to preserve it.”

This strategy has proven successful for clients, resulting in stunning jury verdicts in courts across the country, dramatic upsets on appeal, and precedent-setting wins.

Within the last year, MoFo litigators worked on 1,500 new litigation matters.

Significant highlights include:

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. – After two rounds in the Federal Circuit and a win on a claim construction issue in the U.S. Supreme Court, the MoFo litigation team won the right for Sandoz to begin marketing generic versions of an in demand multiple sclerosis drug
  • Global Community Monitor v. Lumber Liquidators – Amid a California state court trial that sought tens of billions in civil penalties against Lumber Liquidators for alleged failure to disclose chemicals in flooring, MoFo convinced a judge the plaintiffs had failed to prove their case, ending the trial and sending stock prices soaring
  • Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. v. NuVasive Inc. – Brought in on appeal, MoFo’s team convinced the Federal Circuit to vacate a $101 million patent verdict against NuVasive in a dispute over devices and implants used in spinal surgeries
  • Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt – MoFo teamed up with the Center for Reproductive Rights to provide legal muscle in a high-profile case challenging Texas abortion restrictions, winning an injunction in the trial court and eventually convincing the U.S. Supreme Court the law placed an undue burden on access to abortion
  • Sweet v. LinkedIn Corp. – Staving off a potentially disastrous precedent for LinkedIn that could have been accompanied by large penalties, MoFo trial lawyers shut the door on a putative class action in California federal district court that argued the company was considered a consumer reporting agency under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

“With a remarkable record of trial and appellate successes, the firm’s litigators are even more remarkably free of ego,” concludes Law360.

MoFo is “an environment where collaboration trumps competition, where egos take a back seat to client service and where law is a profession first and a business second.”

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