Firm Profile

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Headquarters

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

Firm Details

With more than 1,000 lawyers across 17 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 cross-border transactions and resolves major disputes across multiple jurisdictions. It has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work and social justice.

Main Areas of Practice

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 creditors’ committee representation, cross-border insolvencies, distressed real estate, the restructuring of financial institutions, insolvencies involving key intellectual property, and hedge fund failures.

Capital Markets:

MoFo is a leading firm for issuer and underwriter representations for IPOs, offerings of debt, hybrid, preferred and structured securities, private placements, PIPEs, 144A/ Reg S offerings, continuous issuance programs, including MTN, CP and covered bond programs. MoFo is a pioneer in developing synthetic products, hybrid securities, structured products and derivatives.

Financial:

MoFo has one of the most experienced finance practices in the US. Finance attorneys maintain an impressive borrower-side client roster, working extensively for private equity funds and private companies in acquisitions and refinancings, while also offering extensive experience in acting for certain lenders and credit funds. In addition, MoFo assists clients in all aspects of project finance and development around the world with a focus on energy, alternative energy, and renewable resources. The group has also become very well known in the blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts space.

Intellectual Property:

MoFo is a global IP powerhouse, developing novel solutions for protecting and enforcing some of the most prized IP in the world. MoFo is called upon to represent clients in their most high-profile and complex patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets, and licensing matters.

Investigations & White-Collar Defense:

MoFo has experience handling internal and government investigations on six continents and in more than 65 countries, bringing significant cross-border experience to compliance and enforcement matters worldwide. It provides advice on the many US and foreign laws regulating international business transactions including the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, federal securities laws, the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, international trade, export control and sanctions laws, and AML/BSA. The team has successfully represented many clients in obtaining favorable settlements or other resolutions — often ending with the DOJ or other government enforcement bodies closing their investigations with no action taken.

Litigation:

MoFo's litigators are renowned for their success in high-stakes, complex cases — representing clients in all stages of federal and state litigation, from grand jury to trial through to appeal. They drive strategy to position their clients for the best possible outcome, whether that is winning at trial or resolving a matter quickly. The team includes top trial and appellate lawyers, as well as leading practitioners in securities, financial services, consumer and false advertising, product liability, environmental, and employment litigation as well as white-collar criminal defense, antitrust and unfair competition, and international arbitration. MoFo is a top-tier firm for class actions, no matter what the subject area is. The firm understands the shortest pathway to win and resolve cases for its clients.

Mergers & Acquisitions:

MoFo 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.

Privacy & Data Security:

MoFo’s market-leading privacy and data security group is a destination for clients—from startups to sophisticated global clients alike — seeking advice on every aspect of privacy laws and regulations, as well as incident preparedness and response. The team helps companies fit compliance with evolving data protection laws within the context of a truly global, consistent strategy, and have also served as lead counsel and coordinated all components of clients’ responses to some of the highest-profile data breaches of recent years.

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 City Awards

  • Top Listed in San Francisco in Corporate Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in McLean in Corporate Law with 4 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
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Derivatives and Futures Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • IT Outsourcing Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Media Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Mutual Funds Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Project Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Timber 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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Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Boston, MA

John Hancock Tower, Floor 20

200 Clarendon Street

Boston, MA 02116

United States

(617) 648.4700

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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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