Exemplary work is standard at MoFo, but as its nickname suggests, the firm—and its lawyers—don’t take themselves too seriously. MoFo excels in many practice areas, including IP and privacy, and is a stand-out in the pro bono area, assisting in a wide range of matters. MoFo complements its expertise in IP, finance, life sciences, technology, and litigation with a long reach across the Pacific Rim and, more recently, into Europe.
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Teamwork is key to MoFo’s culture, and as a result, the firm focuses on recruiting team players who will mesh with the firm’s laid-back vibe. Candidates should prepare to answer behavioral interview questions, as well as the ever-important “Why Morrison & Foerster?” The firm is welcoming, and lawyers are eager to socialize with each other—including on Zoom throughout the pandemic. Partners value associates, and it shows both through their commitment to mentor and their openness to associate questions and opinions. Associates have mixed reviews on transparency, with some feeling certain areas—such as partnership—are murky. Overall, associates feel partnership is a tough road, though they don’t feel the firm is up or out for those who don’t make it to the top—and they feel s...
Morrison & Foerster is a global firm of exceptional credentials, recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on groundbreaking matters that are redefining industries. We are proud to be part of The American Lawyer’s 2021 A-List ranking, which names the top 20 most wel...
In 1973, those cats in San Fran approved “MoFo” as Morrison & Foerster’s official nickname, accentuating the firm’s unconventional modus operandi. Still, the firm is distinguished by much more than its rebel epithet. MoFo complements its expertise in IP, finance, life sciences, technology, and litigation with a long reach across the Pacific Rim and, more recently, into Europe.
From the Golden Gate to the Great Wall
More than 120 years ago, Alexander Morrison and Thomas V. O’Brien founded the firm that became today’s Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. It wasn’t until the early 1960s that the firm ventured away from Northern California, hopping on for the ride when one of its major San Francisco clients, Crocker National Bank, decided to open a...
The world of MoFo
Morrison & Foerster is an international firm with over 1000 lawyers in key technology and financial centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Founded in 1883, the firm’s dedication to clients is reflected in the firm’s mantra that it is every lawyer’s responsibility to provide clients with “legendary service.” Clients include some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, investment banks and technology and life science companies. The firm is consistently included as one of America’s top 20 law firms in The American Lawyer’s A-List. Their practitioners are recognized by their peers in reference guides including IFLR1000, PLC Cross-border Handbooks, Chambers Global and Legal 500. The firm is consistently recognized for its commitment to the community and pro bono, recently honored by the Pro Bono Institute's John H. Pickering Award, given in recognition of the firm's unwavering commitment to pro bono. PBI highlighted the firm's recent pro bono victories, including a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court protecting juveniles from life sentences without parole in non-homicide offenses, and another case securing the release of a man wrongly imprisoned for 20 years.
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