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Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Morrison & Foerster ranks as the law firm to consult when dealing with complex legal issues such as financial services and technology. It ranks #4 in intellectual property, #7 in IP litigation, and #26 in the vault law 100, according to vault ranking 2011.[1]



Founded in San Francisco, California in 1883, Morrison & Foerster is one of the most prestigious and dynamic law firms when it comes to technology firms. The firm represents high profile clients in key technology and financial centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. With offices stretching across the globe, the firm’s expert lawyers practices in various industries such as: Aviation + Aerospace , Consumer Products, Energy + Natural Resources, Financial Institutions + Financial Services, Government + Public Agencies, and Information Technology, to name a few. Like most big firms, Morrison & Foerster also maintains a formal pro bono policy which last year 66% of the associates participated.[2]

1st year associates at Morrison & Foerster receive a competitive benefits package, which includes a salary of $160,000 per year, 3 to 4 weeks of vacation time each year for associates, full health benefits, life insurance policy, and laptop options.[3]

Morrison & Foerster Practice Areas

Morrison & Foerster offers a number of specialized practice areas:[4]

  • Corporate
  • Litigation/Patent/Trademark
  • Technology Transactions
  • Finance & Financial Services
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Real Estate/Land Use/ Environmental
  • Tax (Federal and State and Local)
  • Litigation
  • Securities Lit/Enforcement/White Collar

Morrison & Foerster Offices

Morrison & Foerster has 9 offices throughout the United States and 6 international offices.[5]

  • Denver
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Northern Virginia
  • Palo Alto
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Washington D.C.
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Tokyo

Morrison & Foerster Size

Morrison & Foerster employs around 1000 lawyers throughout the firms 9 offices in the United States and 6 offices located internationally. The firm’s office located in San Francisco, California is the one of its largest firm in the city, which has a staff of more than 276 lawyers.[6]

Morrison & Foerster Recruiting

When it comes to recruiting and campus interviews, the firm has a selective campus of schools it visits: Columbia University Law School, Duke University School of Law, Harvard Law School, Howard University School of Law, New York University School of Law, Stanford Law School, UCLA School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Davis, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, University of Chicago Law School, University of Michigan Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Texas School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and Yale Law School.[7]

Morrison & Foerster Salary and Bonuses

Morrison & Foerster provides a competitive salary for its employees.

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year

$22,000 Yes
5th Year $185,000
$22,000 Yes
6th Year $195,000
$22,000 Yes
  • Salary based on January 2008 figures.[8]



  1. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Morrison-&-Foerster-LLP?companyId=405
  2. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F394101&orgtypeid=F
  3. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F394101&orgtypeid=F
  4. http://www.mofo.com/services/xpqServiceListMoFo.aspx?xpST=ServiceList
  5. http://www.mofo.com/offices/
  6. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F394101&orgtypeid=F
  7. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F394101&orgtypeid=F
  8. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=CA0440


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