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Make a Smart Career Move

Change is good. Changing for the better? Even better. Whether you’re an associate or partner at another law firm, a seasoned judge or government regulator, or a clerk or graduate at the start of your career, you’ll find that making Morrison & Foerster your new professional home is a change for the better.

The lawyers we meet may be interested in a move for many different reasons. But time and time again we hear they are looking to be part of a team environment. That’s what you’ll find when you join MoFo.

Write Your Success Story

We want to ensure that you’re inspired and prepared for the challenging work that lies ahead, so you’ll get early exposure to important, multidimensional assignments.

Are you ready for the next exciting chapter of your legal career? If so, MoFo’s collaborative and innovative culture is ready to support you as you create your own success story.

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MoFo Stories

Get to know MoFo through the eyes of our talented lawyers. Click on the photos to read why they chose MoFo and, more importantly, why they choose to stay.

Expect More

Real Growth

The personal and professional development of our attorneys is fundamental to the fabric of MoFo. We expect that each associate we hire is capable of becoming a partner, just as we expect each attorney is capable of discovering a practice area that best suits their skills and preferences. We also understand that your career will develop at a different speed than others, so our partnership track is designed with flexibility in mind. No matter what your career goals are, you’ll have access to the tools and support needed for a successful career at MoFo or beyond.

Real Innovation

Read MoFo newsOur firm’s success is a direct result of the talent of our lawyers and their innovative approach to the practice of law. When you join our highly collegial environment, you’ll be given the autonomy to explore and present unique solutions to some of our clients’ most complex problems. While we operate as one firm, our open–work system will allow you the opportunity to more easily collaborate across practice areas and seniority levels. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to our work. We’re just as excited to tackle each new deal or argue each new case today as the day we started at MoFo, and we think you’ll be, too.

Real Support

Each individual’s success story will look different, but whatever that looks like to you, we want you to know that you’ll have all the tools and support you need throughout your career. Whether you’re looking for robust benefits, flexible working hours, or opportunities to pick up extra CLE credit, we hear you. MoFo’s Attorney Development Group regularly meets with associate representatives and firm leadership to discuss issues of importance when it comes to development, training, retention, and firm policies. The feedback we receive from attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ attorneys, women attorneys, and working parents is critical to the growth and development of our firm and ensuring that you have access to programs, engagement committees, and affinity groups that foster connection.

Real Impact

CapabilitiesFor more than 100 years, Morrison & Foerster has represented some of the world’s largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and leading technology and life sciences companies. The collective intelligence and collaborative culture of our attorneys ensures their experience is a strategic fit to meet the needs of the clients and industries they serve. To ensure that you’re making the greatest impact possible, you’ll be encouraged to learn about your clients’ businesses, products, and services from the inside out. By working closely with clients, you’ll be better positioned to bring new ideas to fruition and diligently protect theirs from risk, in or out of court.

Where Will Your MoFo Story Start?

Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and leading technology and life sciences companies. Throughout our 16 offices, we provide multiple paths for you to start your MoFo journey.

  • United States

    Anchored in the U.S. markets where business, technology, and finance converge, we are counsel to many of the most innovative and successful companies, institutions, and government organizations. We offer opportunities across practice areas throughout our eight U.S. office locations.

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  • Hong Kong

    We counsel a wide variety of clients in China—including many of the world’s largest multinationals and the most substantial and active institutional PRC companies, as well as promising startups in the technology, entertainment, telecommunications, life sciences, energy, clean technology, and renewable energy industries—on their high-profile investment, finance, and regulatory matters. Learn more about MoFo’s presence in China.

    Tokyo

    Our Tokyo office is the largest of any international firm in Japan, with approximately 60 U.S. attorneys, 60 Japanese bengoshi, and seven attorneys qualified in England & Wales who team with the firm’s global network to advise on Japan’s most significant inbound and outbound transactions, investigations, and disputes. Learn more about MoFo’s presence in Japan.

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  • Berlin

    With the combined experience of our German team, we help clients tackle their complex, often cross-border legal issues. Operating in the largest European economy, we have the depth of knowledge required to guide our clients through the German and European regulatory environment.

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    London

    From our office in the heart of London’s world-renowned financial district, our UK- and U.S.-qualified lawyers work with clients on complex, cross-border transactions, helping them to grow their businesses and manage risk. We handle some of the world’s largest cross-border transactions and resolve some of the biggest disputes across multiple jurisdictions.

    Based in the thriving financial hub of the city, we have deep roots in the tech sector, and we have a strong understanding of the intersection of law and technology. We advise dynamic tech companies on strategic matters that are shaping the future of technology.

    Our London office is a mix of long-time MoFo attorneys, and those who have joined us from many of the best firms in London in recent years. All of us, indeed everyone in the office, share these core commitments/values:

    • • The desire to provide world-class client service on market-leading deals and disputes; and
    • • A passion for and commitment to building our practices and office, always with a collaborative approach.

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