Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

1K - 1.5K


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

140total (89 2Ls; 51 1Ls)


Base Salary

Base Salary (2022) (U.S. Associates, U.S. Practice)

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About the Firm

Associate Reviews

  • “The firm's culture is the best part about being a MoFo attorney. Everyone (in my office) is very laid-back and easy to talk to. Mentoring is treated seriously here, and there are tons of opportunities to foster relationships with senior associates and partners.”
  • “I have never met a kinder, more brilliant, hardworking, and caring group of attorneys. The partners, counsel, associates, and paralegals foster an incredibly collaborative and positive environment, which extends far beyond individual practice groups. I know that I can count on others to cover for me on matters when personal issues or events come up, and people are very respectful of those situations. We also handle cutting edge and extremely interesting matters for a wide range of clients. I'm continually impressed every day, and I feel very lucky to work here.”
  • “Congenial, light hearted with people, but serious with work. I feel like my colleagues are more well rounded than most stereotypical lawyers. Everyone has hobbies and/or families and are not ashamed to discuss them.”

Why Work Here

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.

Diversity at Morrison & Foerster LLP

"Diversity has long been a core value of Morrison & Foerster. More than 20 years ago, we formally implemented our diversity mission statement, which continues to define the firm's cultural values today. We understand that fostering an environment of inclusion enables us to offer a wide range of perspectives to provide exemplary services to our clients. In short, we aim to make our firm a model of diversity that others will follow. Our Legal Professionals • 19 percent of partners, 38 percent of associates, and 22..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “Academic achievements (e.g., school attended and GPA), work history, and clerkships are important factors.”
  • “The firm looks for qualified, intelligent candidates with excellent resumes, but also puts a high emphasis on hiring people who fit with and appreciate the firm's culture and values and are personable, kind, and easy to get along with. The firm values individuality and the unique skills and personality traits each new hire brings to the firm.”
  • “The hiring process varies by office. Grades (and school) are obviously big factors, but beyond that I think MoFo emphasizes cultural fit. There are feeder schools. There [has been] training [since before] I started interviewing years ago...”

Practice Area Q&A’s

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Privacy & Data Security

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Clean Tech/Renewable Energy

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Intellectual Property

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