Firm Profile

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Headquarters

250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019-9601
United States
(212) 468.8000

Firm Details

With approximately 1,000 lawyers in 16 offices, Morrison & Foerster is a preeminent global law firm dedicated to delivering business-oriented results to clients across the United States, Europe and Asia. Dynamic technology and life science companies, large financial institutions, leading consumer product companies and other market leaders come to MoFo for knowledge, innovation and business aptitude. MoFo handles some of the world’s largest crossborder transactions and resolves major disputes across multiple jurisdictions. The firm has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work and social justice.

Main Areas of Practice:

Antitrust & Competition: The firm’s global antitrust lawyers are recognized leaders who resolve complex antitrust cases through dispositive motions, but are capable of taking any case to trial. They draw on a deep well of experience to obtain successful results in criminal investigations and merger reviews.

Business Restructuring & Insolvency: MoFo is counsel to debtors, creditors’ committees, secured lenders and other participants in the distressed markets in large, complex matters. The firm is a market leader in the restructuring of financial institutions, crossborder insolvencies, distressed real estate, creditors’ committee representation, insolvencies involving key intellectual property and hedge fund failures.

Capital Markets: The firm is a pioneer in developing synthetic products, hybrid securities, structured products and derivatives. MoFo ranks as one of the leading firms for issuer and underwriter representations for initial public offerings, international offerings, REIT offerings, as well as offerings of debt, hybrid, preferred and structured securities. The firm advises in connection with private placements, PIPEs, IPOs, 144A/Reg S offerings, continuous issuance programs, including MTN,CP and covered bond programs.

Financial Services: MoFo has one of the most recognized and most experienced banking and financial services regulatory practices in the United States, with more than five decades of work in the field. The firm represents domestic and foreign banks, credit card and other payment systems companies, savings associations, industrial loan companies and other financial services organisations.

Finance: The firm’s financial transactions practice provides a wide range of services to both lenders and borrowers, with leading lawyers in finance, investment management, debt trading and infrastructure finance. The firm handles virtually every type of real and personal property secured and unsecured financing transaction.

Intellectual Property: MoFo has one of the largest and highest-rated intellectual property practices in the world.The firm provides a full range of services, including counseling, prosecution, litigation, dispute resolution, trade secrets and licensing transactions in patent, trademark and copyright matters.

Litigation: The firm’s litigators are renowned for their success in high-stakes, complex cases worldwide.MoFo has some of the top trial and appellate lawyers in the United States, as well as leading practitioners in antitrust, securities,white-collar criminal defense, products liability, class action defense, unfair competition, employment, financial services, international arbitration, intellectual property, trade secrets and patents. The firm is noted for its US Supreme Court and appellate practice. MoFo is the only international law firmin Japan with a full-service litigation capacity.

Mergers & Acquisitions: Morrison & Foerster has a leading global M&A practice. The depth and breadth of the practice, including a strong focus on cross-border transactions, reflects the dynamic nature of clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, private equity sponsors, investment banks and privately held companies. Lawyers work as an integrated team with colleagues with deep experience in key areas such as IP, antitrust, litigation, tax, labor and benefits, finance and bankruptcy, real estate, environmental law and securities.

Project Finance & Development: The firm’s project finance lawyers assist clients in all aspects of the development, construction, financing, restructuring and purchase and sale of infrastructure projects around the world with a focus on energy, alternative energy and renewable resources. They also provide political risk insurance counseling.

Real Estate: MoFo is a recognized leader across a broad spectrum of real estate activities, including development deals, acquisitions and dispositions, leases, market standard and complex financings and restructurings. Its clients include lenders, developers, equity investors and REITs.

Tax: MoFo’s tax practice enjoys a global reputation for innovative tax planning and the successful resolution of important tax controversies. The group advises on state and local tax, federal tax, compensation, benefits and ERISA, and trusts, estates and nonprofit organizations.

Management

Craig D. Martin
Managing Partner
Eric J. Piesner
Managing Partner
Paul T. Friedman
Managing Partner
Tessa J. Schwartz
Managing Partner

Top Listed National Awards

  • Top Listed in the United States in Information Technology Law with 6 lawyers

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in California in Corporate Compliance Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in New York in Information Technology Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in California in Information Technology Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in California in Privacy and Data Security Law with 3 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in San Francisco in Corporate Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in McLean in Corporate Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in San Francisco in Information Technology Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in New York in Information Technology Law with 2 lawyers

Awards

  • M&A Advisor International Firm of the Year
  • Managing IP West Coast Patent Contentious Firm of the Year
  • Chambers Asia 2013 Japan Law Firm of the Year
  • Benchmark Litigation California Firm of the Year
  • Benchmark Litigation Intellectual Property Firm of the Year - West
  • Law360 Appellate Group of the Year
  • Law360 Bankruptcy Group of the Year
  • Law360 IP Group of the Year
  • Law360 Privacy & Consumer Protection Group of the Year
  • Silver Pearl Award for the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of MoFo Tech
  • International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) 2012 Most Innovative Law Firm
  • OpRisk & Regulation Law Firm of the Year
  • IFLR Americas Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year
  • M&A Advisor Cross Border Restructuring Deal of the Year
  • Outstanding Law Firm in Pro Bono Service Award
  • Law360 Employment Group of the Year
  • Law360 M&A Group of the Year
  • Law360 Project Finance Group of the Year
  • StructuredRetailProducts.com Best Law Firm in the Americas

Contacts

Michael Frank
Compensation, Benefits & ERISA
650) 813-5627
Brandon Parris
Corporate
(415) 268-6617
Randy Laxer
Corporate
81 (33214) 6577
Pamela Reed
Corporate/Finance
(415) 268-6247
Dale Caldwell
Finance
81 (33214) 6597
Gary Lee
Finance
(212) 468-8042
Arturo J. González
Litigation
415-268-7020
Grant J. Esposito
Litigation
212-468-8166
Craig Fields
Tax
(212) 468-8193
Thomas Humphreys
Tax
(212) 468-8006

Firm Practice Areas

  • Advertising Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Capital Markets Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation
  • Media Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Outsourcing
  • Project Finance and Development Practice
  • Real Estate Law
  • Regulatory Practice
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Venture Capital Law

Office Locations

Belgium

Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Boulevard Louis Schmidt 29

Brussels 1040

Belgium

32 2 347 0400

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China

China

Beijing, China

China Central Place,22nd Floor, Tower Three

No. 77, Jianguo Road

Chaoyang District

Beijing 100025

China

011 86 10 5909 3399

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Shanghai, China

Bund Center, Suite 3501-3502

Yan An East Road No. 222

Shanghai 200002

China

86 21 2322 5200

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Germany

Germany

Berlin, Germany

Potsdamer Platz 1, 13th Floor

Berlin 10785

Germany

49 30 72622 10

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Edinburgh Tower, 33/F

The Landmark

15 Queen's Road Central

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

852 2585 0888

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Japan

Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Shin-Marunouchi Building, 29th Floor

5-1, Marunouchi 1-chome

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo 100-6529

Japan

81 3 3214 6522

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Singapore

Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

50 Collyer Quay

#12-01 OUE Bayfront

Singapore 049321

Singapore

65 6922 2000

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

London, United Kingdom

CityPoint

One Ropemaker Street

London EC2Y 9AW

United Kingdom

44 20 7920 4000

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United States

United States

California

California

Los Angeles, CA

707 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90017-3543

United States

(213) 892.5200

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Palo Alto, CA

755 Page Mill Road

Palo Alto, CA 94304-1018

United States

(650) 813.5600

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San Diego, CA

12531 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92130-2040

United States

(858) 720.5100

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San Francisco, CA

425 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94105-2482

United States

(415) 268.7000

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Colorado

Colorado

Denver, CO

Republic Plaza, Suite 4200

370 Seventeenth Street

Denver, CO 80202-5638

United States

(303) 592.1500

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District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Washington, DC

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 6000

Washington, DC 20006-1888

United States

(202) 887.1500

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New York

New York

New York, NY

250 West 55th Street

New York, NY 10019-9601

United States

(212) 468.8000

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Virginia

Virginia

McLean, VA

1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 400

McLean, VA 22102-4220

United States

(703) 760.7700

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