“MoFo” … Seriously?

In the 1970s, when teletype was used to send overseas cables, the firm purposely chose “mofo” as our teletype address. The nickname stuck, and we later decided to use it as our web address. In many ways, the MoFo nickname is an affectionate reminder that while we are very serious about our clients’ work, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Who We Represent

Our clients include Fortune 100 companies, leading technology and life sciences companies, and some of the largest financial institutions worldwide, from Walmart, to SoftBank to Sony Music Entertainment. We also represent investment funds and startup companies, supporting many in their growth and development as major industry players and household brands.

How Clients See Us

Morrison & Foerster’s 1,000 lawyers and other professionals stand out for commitment to client service. In 2015, based on in-depth interviews with decision-makers at more than 300 leading companies, BTI Consulting named MoFo to its Client Service 30 list — the top 30 firms in its Client Service A-Team report. See more of our selected honors and awards. See more of our selected honors and awards.



We’re leaders in every area in which we practice. Join us, and you’ll find the resources to become a leader in whatever practice you choose.

Our core practice areas include finance and financial services, M&A, and intellectual property with a focus on life sciences and technology. The depth of our litigation practice, our size and geographic diversity, and our unrivaled presence in Asia all contribute to our strength as a firm. We’re consistently recognized in the Financial Times innovative law firm reports.

We’re one of the leading international firms in Asia, providing integrated U.S. and local law advice. Our European clients range from newly established businesses to governments and listed companies with operations worldwide.

  • Corporate + Finance

    Recognized with 32 global practice area rankings in the IFLR1000 2015 edition, our corporate lawyers are global leaders in representing corporations, funds, investment banks, and other entities in a range of domestic and cross-border transactions.

    With 124 M&A transactions completed in 2014 — at a total value of approximately $97 billion — we’re proud to be the sole recipient of the Chambers USA Client Service Award for Corporate/M&A (2014) and the only firm in Band 1 for Corporate/M&A international firms in Japan by Chambers Global.

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  • Litigation, Trials + Appeals

    At Morrison & Foerster, we believe in doing everything possible to avoid litigation. But if it comes to a fight, fight we will. Our 500 litigators include leading practitioners in intellectual property, securities, commercial litigation, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, product liability, class actions, unfair competition, financial services, trade secrets, privacy, and employment litigation. Seven of our litigators are members of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates; eight are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

    U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings put us in the Top Tier across the United States in 10 litigation practice areas. In 2014, Chambers Asia-Pacific ranked us in the Top Tier in Japan for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property.

    More about our litigation, trials, and appellate practice >

  • Intellectual Property

    Our information technology and biotechnology clients have something in common — big ideas. With the largest IP department of any full-service firm, MoFo is well equipped to protect, and maximize the value of, their ideas. Our lawyers helped create and protect many of their landmark portfolios.

    Law360 named Morrison & Foerster the 2014 Practice Group of the Year for Intellectual Property. In the past three years, our IP group has won this award twice.

    More about our intellectual property practice >

  • Regulatory + Enforcement

    Morrison & Foerster helps clients identify and assess risk, and solve regulatory and enforcement challenges internationally and at every level of U.S. government. Our regulatory and enforcement practices include antitrust and competition law, communications, energy, the environment, financial services, government contracts, land use and natural resources, privacy and data security, securities, and transportation.

    Colleagues in this area include former regulators, former federal and state criminal prosecutors, and former SEC enforcement attorneys, some having served at senior-most levels. Members contribute to MoFo ReEnforcement: The Enforcement Blog, which provides insights into regulatory and enforcement developments affecting the financial services industry, and The BD/IA Regulator, a blog focusing on the securities industry.

    More about our regulatory and enforcement practice >

  • Tax

    Morrison & Foerster advises U.S. clients on the tax implications of a wide range of transactions on the local, state, and federal level. We also counsel international clients on U.S. federal income tax law, including tax controversy, investment funds and financial products, and cross-border transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Our practitioners also advise companies, boards, and individuals on compensation and benefits issues, with particular experience in the context of transactions, and assist with ERISA-prohibited transaction issues.

    Law360 named us the 2013 Tax Practice Group of the Year.

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  • Industries

    Morrison & Foerster professionals provide informed, practical guidance to financial institutions and companies in the life sciences, consumer products, e-commerce, energy, and media and entertainment industries. We help clients lead in their industries by anticipating trends and responding quickly to changes in the competitive, legal, and regulatory environment.

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39.9139° N, 116.3917° E

Since 1998, our Beijing office has served Chinese and international clients, including financial investors and institutions, the Fortune 500, institutional and state-owned PRC companies, entrepreneurs, and technology companies of all types.

Our lawyers based in Beijing advise clients in capital markets, cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital, China regulatory and direct investment matters, technology transactions, intellectual property licensing, outsourcing, and real estate matters. We also have an on-the-ground patent and litigation team to serve China’s leading companies.

We were honored to have served as sole international legal counsel to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the XXIX Olympiad, providing a wide range of legal advice for the preparation for and hosting of the 2008 Summer Games.



52.5167° N, 13.3833° E

Our German team enjoys an outstanding reputation in the market as a valuable resource to clients in Germany, across Europe, and around the world.

We offer extensive expertise across all major legal disciplines, advising on German and cross-border M&A, corporate, financing, antitrust and regulatory, commercial/IP, tax, employment, privacy and data security matters, with a particular focus on the technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) sector.

The international scope of our practice derives in no small part from our reputation as one of the strongest transactional and regulatory practices in the TMT sector, which is a cornerstone of the German economy. We represent some of the world’s leading technology, media and entertainment companies, along with many high-growth digital startups, e.g. we advised 21st Century Fox on the sale of Sky Deutschland to BSkyB for a total consideration of $4.9 billion.

Recruiting Contact:
Kim Kabelitz, Human Resources
Potsdamer Platz 1 13th Floor
Berlin Germany
Phone: +49-30-726-2210
Fax: +49-30-726-221-100
Recruiting Email:



50.8500° N, 4.3500° E

For nearly a half century, our firm has maintained an active and well-regarded antitrust and competition practice. We also have a highly respected global privacy and data security practice. In Brussels, we assist clients with European Union antitrust and competition issues, including clearance of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. We also counsel on privacy and transborder data protection matters that affect global companies.

Lawyers in our Brussels office have played an important role in most of the cartel investigations brought by the European Commission since 2007, including those concerning cathode ray tubes, freight forwarding, optical disk drives, smart card chips, rechargeable batteries, mobile LCDs. and auto parts.

Our antitrust litigators’ record of success includes a favorable settlement for our client in the TFT-LCD cartel damages action brought by Nokia in the United Kingdom against various LCD panel manufacturers.

Recruiting Contact:
Caroline Williams, Office Administrator
Avenue Moliere, 262
1180 Brussels Belgium
Phone: +32-2-347-0400
Fax: +32-2-347-1824
Recruiting Email:



39.7392° N, 104.9847° W

Our Denver office has a strong regional presence and is an integral link to Morrison & Foerster’s practice in a wide range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to telecommunications, to gaming and retail, representing companies in a variety of public and private financing, licensing, purchasing and litigation matters.

Our corporate/M&A practice is ranked by Chambers USA and has recognized experience in corporate finance representing both private and public companies, with particular capabilities in the real estate investment trust (REIT) industry.

Our Denver litigation practice includes all aspects of complex commercial litigation, from trial court to appellate representation, enforcement actions and internal investigations, intellectual property, class-action defense, employment, franchise law, financial services, product liability and business torts.

Recruiting Contact:
Jason McCord, Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer
5200 Republic Plaza
370 Seventeenth Street
Denver, CO 80202-5638 USA
Main Phone: 303.592.1500
Fax: 303.592.1510

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

22.2670° N, 114.1880° E

For more than 30 years, our Hong Kong office has served Chinese and international clients alike. Our Hong Kong team includes more than 40 U.S., Hong Kong, PRC, and English-qualified attorneys, the majority of whom are fully bilingual. We provide full-service foreign direct investment advice led by two senior PRC-qualified partners and are supported by a team of more than 20 PRC-qualified attorneys across our China practice.

Our preeminent technology transactions practice is recognized by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific as the only firm in Band 1 for Technology, Media and Telecommunications for Hong Kong and China. We are among the very few international law firms with three China-based partners dedicated to real estate and finance.

Recruiting Contact:
Colette Chan, Attorney Recruiting Manager, China & Singapore
33/F Edinburgh Tower
15 Queen’s Road Central
The Landmark
Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2585 0888
Fax: +852 2585 0800



51.5072° N, 0.1275° W

Now 35 years young, our London office offers UK and U.S. law capabilities and is home to highly ranked practices in IT and telecommunications, media and entertainment, outsourcing, finance, securities, and dispute resolution.

We represent a diverse client base of international and UK corporations (issuers), global financial institutions and investment banks, governments, private equity and venture capital firms, and technology-based enterprises at various levels of size and maturity.

Our corporate and tax lawyers advise on a wide variety of transactions that are notable for their innovative structure, precise execution, and commercial success. Our lawyers are particularly recognized for their representation of biotechnology companies of all types in IP licensing, strategic partnering, outsourcing, and other collaboration matters.

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Recruiting Contact:
Lynnsey McCall, Head of Legal Talent and Recruitment - Europe
CityPoint One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9AW
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7920 4000
Fax: +44 20 7496 8500

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

34.0500° N, 118.2500° W

Our Los Angeles office is a leader in providing transactional, regulatory, real estate, employment, patent, and litigation services to financial institutions, venture and institutional investors, Fortune 500 and technology-based companies, and the real estate and entertainment industries.

Our patent lawyers advise inventors, investors, and companies developing and using electronic, semiconductor, electromechanical, and software technologies on patent prosecution and patent strategy matters.

Our litigators are particularly active in intellectual property litigation, private securities litigation, employment and labor litigation, white-collar criminal defense work, and class action and franchise defense work.

Recruiting Contact:
Lesli Hutchinson, Attorney Recruiting Manager
Merianelle Torres, Attorney Recruiting Specialist
707 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017-3543 USA
Main Phone: 213.892.5200
Recruiting Phone: 213.892.5441
Fax: 213.892.5454

New York

New York

40.7127° N, 74.0059° W

Established in 1987, the New York office is home to market leading practices that include business restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, state and local tax, federal tax, and privacy and technology transactions.

MoFo’s New York litigators have particular experience in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities litigation, antitrust, white-collar, internal investigations, product liability, intellectual property, and consumer class action defense for major companies and financial institutions.

Our active technology licensing and transactional practice focuses on clients in the Internet, interactive media, entertainment, outsourcing, and life sciences industries. Our tax practice provides state-of-the-art tax advice on an array of capital markets transactions, including hybrid securities, derivatives and debt and equity offerings, M&A, private equity, and real estate transactions. The New York office also includes the country’s leading state and local tax practice.

Recruiting Contact:
Lauren Galluzzo, Attorney Recruiting Manager
Nadine Cottrell, Recruiting Coordinator
250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019-9601 USA
Main Phone: 212.468.8000
Fax: 212.468.7900

No. Virginia

No. Virginia

38.9283° N, 77.1753° W

Located in McLean, Virginia, we serve early-stage and public technology-based companies driving commerce in the nation’s capital, as well as around the globe. Our corporate practice is one of the largest and most established in the region, with recognized experience in corporate finance, M&A, and technology transactions.

Our government contracts practice includes counseling, litigation and claims development for major aerospace, shipbuilding, telecommunications, electronics and information technology companies’ major weapon and space systems, software development, communications systems, technical data rights and classified matters, as well as prime/subcontract disputes, bid protests, injunctive suits, procurement fraud cases, Freedom of Information Act actions, and Federal Tort Claims Act cases.

Recruiting Contact:
Kai Wilson, Attorney Recruiting Manager
1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 400
McLean, VA 22102-4220 USA
Main Phone: 703.760.7700
Fax: 703.760.7777

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

37.4292° N, 122.1381° W

Our Palo Alto office has been a major contributor to the emergence of the Silicon Valley business community over the past two decades.

A cornerstone of our Palo Alto practice is the comprehensive service we offer to venture and private equity investors and to emerging companies, particularly those that are technology-based. Our work for companies spans the entire development cycle, from the organization and initial financing of private startups, through subsequent equity and debt financing rounds, to liquidity events such as mergers, joint ventures, and public offerings.

Our core competencies line up precisely with the region’s economic focus. MoFo patent lawyers provide prosecution and counseling advice to inventors, investors and companies developing and using biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical device, clean technology, chemistry, nanotechnology, electronic, semiconductor, electromechanical, and software technologies.

Recruiting Contact:
Nicole Wanzer, Attorney Recruiting Director
Courtney Yeager, Patent Recruiter
755 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1018 USA
Main Phone: 650.813.5600
Fax: 650.494.0792

San Diego

San Diego

32.7150° N, 117.1625° W

Our San Diego office offers legal services for every phase of a company’s growth cycle. We represent a diverse group of private and public companies in virtually every area of the region’s economy, including biotechnology, clean technology, computer hardware and software, medical technology, semiconductors, and telecommunications.

Many of our San Diego IP lawyers are pioneers in the biotech and life sciences field. In large measure because of their continuing contributions, we are, according to Chambers Global, “famed for our outstanding knowledge of biotech and life sciences.” We’re “firmly established as ‘a front runner for global IP work,’” according to Chambers Global USA 2009 and “consistently rated as ‘excellent’ or ‘very high quality’ by clients” according to Legal 500 US 2009.

Our patent lawyers provide prosecution and counseling advice to inventors, investors, and technology-based companies.

Recruiting Contact:
Lesli Hutchinson, Attorney Recruiting Manager
Merianelle Torres, Attorney Recruiting Specialist
12531 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92130-2332 USA
Main Phone: 858.720.5100
Fax: 858.720.5125

San Francisco

San Francisco

37.7833° N, 122.4167° W

Where it all started.

Since 1883, when we were founded to engage in a “general business practice,” we have been a leading member of the San Francisco legal community. A lot has changed since then. But, of course, many of the most important things haven’t.

We continue to have one of the leading litigation practices in the country — firmly anchored by our San Francisco-based litigators, which include several of the nation’s foremost practitioners. Our trial lawyers regularly bring cases to trial, representing clients in complex commercial litigation of all types.

With a top-tier recommendation in patent licensing and transactional law, and five additional practice area recommendations, our San Francisco-based team stands out for IP in the 2015 Legal 500 US. Our practitioners also include leading corporate lawyers who advise some of the world’s most dynamic private and public companies.

Recruiting Contact:
Carmen Kelley, Head of Lateral Recruiting
Courtney Yeager, Patent Recruiter
Ashley Grinchis, Law School Recruiter
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2482 USA
Main Phone: 415.268.6000
Fax: 415.268.7522



31.2000° N, 121.5000° E

Our Shanghai office includes U.S., Hong Kong, and PRC-qualified attorneys, the majority of whom are fully bilingual. We provide full-service foreign direct investment advice led by two senior PRC-qualified partners and are supported by a team of more than 20 PRC-qualified attorneys across our China practice.

We are among the very few international law firms with three China-based partners dedicated to real estate and finance.

Chambers Asia ranks the firm in Band 1 for private equity and venture capital in China and in Band 2 for mergers and acquisitions and private equity buyouts in China. Global Finance magazine selected Morrison & Foerster as the “Best Legal Adviser in Asia” for the second consecutive year in a row as part of its “World’s Best Investment Banks” survey.

Recruiting Contact:
Colette Chan, Attorney Recruiting Manager, China & Singapore
Suite 3501-3502, Bund Center
No. 222, Yan An Road East
Shanghai 200002
Phone: +86 21 2322 5200
Fax: +86 21 2322 5300



1.3000° N, 103.8000° E

MoFo has been in Asia for more than 30 years, and we rank sixth for most lawyers among U.S. firms in the region, according to a recent survey by The Asian Lawyer. Our substantial capabilities and unique regional presence deliver exceptional value to our clients.

We’re known for our collaborative culture, which includes our lawyers’ willingness to spend significant time – even entire careers – in offices outside their home jurisdictions. We find this is a significant benefit for our clients in Asia, as we bring to bear global resources to skillfully tackle local problems.

Our Singapore clients – and our global clients doing business in the Southeast Asia and South Asia regions – benefit from our interdisciplinary and cross-border approach in a range of matters, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, M&A, convertible debt issuances, real estate private equity funds, high-tech joint ventures, and dispute resolution.

Asian-MENA Counsel named MoFo Singapore Firm of the Year for Taxation in its 2013 In-House Community Firms of the Year awards.

Recruiting Contact:
Colette Chan, Attorney Recruiting Manager, China & Singapore
50 Collyer Quay
#12-01 OUE Bayfront
Singapore 049321
Phone: +65 6922 2000
Fax: +65 6922 2008



35.6800° N, 139.7700° E

Morrison & Foerster was one of the first foreign law firms licensed in Japan, opening our offices in 1987. Today we have the largest and most diverse practice of any international law firm in Japan, with over 120 lawyers in Tokyo, including 50 Japanese attorneys. We are one of the six largest firms in Japan, foreign or domestic.

Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2014 honored us with six awards — more than any other international law firm. We were named International Deal Firm of the Year (two years in a row) and Tax Law Firm of the Year. We also won M&A Deal of the Year, Debt Market Deal of the Year, and TMT Deal of the Year for SoftBank’s acquisition of Sprint and the related financing.

Recruiting Contact:
Maurice Rabb, Head of Inclusion, Prof Dev & Recruitment (Tokyo)
Shin-Marunouchi Building, 29th Floor
5-1, Marunouchi 1-chome
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6529
Phone: +81 3 3214 6522

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

38.8951° N, 77.0367° W

In D.C., we are known for our regulatory, transaction, litigation, and intellectual property work for Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, institutional investors, entrepreneurs, and technology-based companies.

Our litigation lawyers represent clients in complex commercial litigation and agency proceedings involving antitrust, financial services, privacy and data security, intellectual property, trade secrets, energy, and securities, including complex civil and white-collar criminal, money laundering, qui tam, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental and RICO matters. Our appellate and Supreme Court practice, based in D.C., is featured in National Law Journal’s 2014 Appellate Hot List.

Recruiting Contact:
Kai Wilson, Attorney Recruiting Manager
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 5500
Washington, DC 20006-1888 USA
Main Phone: 202.887.1500
Recruiting Phone: 202.887.1596
Fax: 202.887.0763