Morrison Foerster > San Francisco, United States > Firm Profile

Morrison Foerster
425 MARKET STREET
SAN FRANCISCO CA 94105-2482
CALIFORNIA
United States

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 1

Led from San Diego by the ‘outstanding’ Erin Bosman following David Fioccola‘s departure for Proskauer Rose LLP in October 2023, Morrison Foerster‘s class action and mass tort group provides ‘business-oriented’ advice to established entities and growth companies on issues throughout the litigation continuum, from risk management advice and product recalls through to motion pleadings, settlement negotiations and representation at trial stage. The firm has deep roots in Silicon Valley and is regularly engaged in product liability mandates for manufacturers of hi-tech products. Bosman has noted expertise in the AI field, and is increasingly advising on product liability litigation involving AI elements. With a focus on the life sciences space, San Diego-based Julie Park‘s work extends to consumer products, where she is praised for her ability to ‘bring a human-centered approach’ to work, spanning product safety compliance and litigation. San Francisco-based William Tarantino is a key member of the team, particularly in light of his CPSC prowess, as is Purvi Patel in Los Angeles, who handles disputes for consumer-facing businesses, including privacy-related class actions brought against social media, e-commerce and tech apps.

Practice head(s):

Erin Bosman

Testimonials

They provide extremely business-oriented advice that is sensitive to client’s priorities, risk tolerance, and the broader context of any project or dispute.’

The outstanding Erin Bosman and Julie Park are both incredibly practical, straightforward, honest, and they bring a human-centered approach to the advisory and defense work they do.’

Key clients

Thinx Inc.

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Unilever in the Ninth Circuit, securing affirmance of a district court order dismissing a putative class action challenging the labeling of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spray.
  • Defended Thinx Inc. in three putative class actions based on allegations that Thinx falsely represents its period underwear as safe and organic when the underwear purportedly contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and migratory silver nanoparticles and was made with non-organic cotton.

Finance > Financial services regulation

Morrison Foerster handles the full spectrum of regulatory matters affecting the day-to-day operations of banks, fintechs and payment service providers and lenders, including advice on BHCA and International Banking Act compliance, the Volcker Rule and AML issues, while also supporting clients facing government investigations. The practice is led in tandem by ‘very best in the business’ Jeremy Mandell, who advises on both regulatory and commercial issues linked to consumer financial products out of Washington DC, while in New York Jeffrey Silberman specializes in fintech-related regulation, including as it relates to banking-as-a-service, payment systems and digital lending. New York’s Marc-Alain Galeazzi‘s practice is centered around compliance, covering AML, sanctions and OFAC matters and CFT issues, with Evan Minsberg, made partner in New York in January 2024, assisting clients with money transmission, licensing and broker issues. Val Dahiya, who joined the firm’s Washington DC office from Perkins Coie LLP in October 2023, dedicates her practice to capital markets and broker-dealer compliance, including dealing with the SEC and FINRA.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Mandell; Jeff Silberman

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Mendelson; Marc-Alain Galeazzi; Val Dahiya; Crystal Kaldjob; Maria Earley; Evan Minsberg; Trevor Salter; Calvin Funk

Testimonials

‘Morrison Foerster’s financial services and FinTech practices are the very best in the business. MoFo has a deep understanding of our business and the industry at large. MoFo is an indispensable legal advisor that has gained the unwavering trust of both our legal and senior business leadership teams.’

‘Jeremy Mandell is the very best in the business for financial services and FinTech regulatory matters. Crystal Kaldjob is our go-to lawyer for all financial services and FinTech transactional matters. Crystal is a truly savvy negotiator and effective communicator who has handled countless transactions for us.’

‘Matters are appropriately staffed, associates are exceptional and entrusted to take ownership of appropriate decisions and issues. Extremely responsive and fun to work with!’

‘This practice is the most product-forward of any fintech practice. They have a unique ability to provide counsel on product strategy by combining regulatory expertise with an understanding of business pressures in Silicon Valley.’

‘Evan Minsberg might be the single best outside counsel practicing in fintech right now. He is gifted at advising fast-moving fintechs, constantly iterating on new products because he understands that regulatory expertise is only one piece of the puzzle.’

‘MoFo has the right mix of capabilities for us: strong VC capability, including in Asia, coupled with US bank regulatory capability in NY. This combination is surprisingly rare.’

‘Marc-Alain Galeazzi understood what was important from the very first minute. His expertise and professional attention to all the people involved is outstanding.’

‘Deep expertise in Bank Holding Company Act and International Banking Act issues for foreign banking organizations.’

Key clients

CITIC Group Corporation

Bank of the Orient

China Merchants Capital

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia

New Omni Bank

American Bankers Association

Ocrolus

Bankers Healthcare Group (BHG Financial)

Percapita Group

Elevate Credit

Ntropy

MPower

Prezzee

Upside Services

Work highlights

  • Advised CITIC Group Corporation on general regulatory issues, including Regulation YY, Prudential Standards and Bank Holding Company Act regulatory advice in connection with its investments.
  • Advised China Merchants Capital with respect to bank regulatory advice, particularly in relation to numerous investments they have made in the past year.
  • Acted as primary counsel to the ABA on payments and lending legal and regulatory issues, consumer regulations and payment systems architecture.

Government > Government contracts Tier 1

Combining an acclaimed bid protests practice with a stellar track record in investigations and false claims, cybersecurity matters, M&A transactions, and complex classified work, Morrison Foerster is a destination of choice for a broad range of government contracts and procurement clients. The team excels in the tech, defense, and intelligence spaces, with additional proficiency in healthcare and biotech. Seated in Washington DC, the group is led by Tina Reynolds, who enjoys strong relationships with tech industry titans and is highly specialized in cybersecurity and M&A, and Alex Ward, whose litigation-oriented practice encompasses investigations, classified work, and bid protests. Litigator David Churchill conducts claims and bid protests on behalf of some of the biggest defense contractors, and senior of counsel Jay DeVecchio has an established reputation in IP rights under government contracts. Kevin Mullen is frequently engaged in high-stakes, classified bid protests, while Damien Specht is pre-eminent in M&A, representing both contractors and PE investors. Sandeep Nandivada has demonstrated considerable mettle in litigation and investigations in the tech and defense spaces. Promoted to partner in January 2024, Locke Bell continues to hone his expertise in IP rights, particularly in the context of bid protests and FCA investigations.

Practice head(s):

Tina Reynolds; Alex Ward

Testimonials

‘They do a fantastic job of balancing commercial and legal considerations into a comprehensive, action-oriented recommendation.’

‘Strong expertise with a deep bench under good leadership.’

‘Tina Reynolds and Locke Bell are always very responsive, knowledgeable and provide us with invaluable advice and expertise in specialized legal fields.’

‘Very responsive and pragmatic. Not only provides the black letter law but also incorporates pragmatic and real world risk considerations.’

‘Deep subject matter knowledge. Connected to federal agencies through professional channels. MOFO does a good job cultivating the next generation of attorneys so more cost effective but competent attorneys can be deployed efficiently.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, responsive and trustworthy. Experts in their fields. And they provide excellent value on a dollar of results basis.’

‘They are very responsive and commercial. Able to translate very complicated legal and regulatory issues into business risks and questions. Great commercial judgement.’

‘Damien Specht is our primary partner and we wouldn’t do a deal in the govcon space without him.’

Key clients

AECOM

Enlightenment Capital

Grant Thornton

Hanford Tank Disposition Alliance LLC

IAP Worldwide Services

Invictus International Consulting LLC

L3 Harris Technologies Inc.

Uber Technologies Inc.

V2X Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted L3 Harris Technology Inc. with the government contracts and national security regulatory aspects of its $1.9bn acquisition of Viasat Inc.’s Tactical Data Link business and its $4.7bn acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne.
  • Assisted Grant Thornton with all aspects of the complicated divestiture of its public sector business.
  • Represented Hanford Tank Disposition Alliance LLC in the successful protest of a $45bn DOE contract award.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

Noted for its capabilities in complex patent transactions, Morrison Foerster‘s intellectual property department’s expertise ranges from patent and technology licensing agreements, acquisitions, and joint ventures to strategic alliances, supply agreements, and global outsourcing matters. Michael Ward primarily handles patent strategy and protection matters in the life sciences and tech spaces and co-heads the practice with Aaron Rubin, who advises start-ups and established companies on technology transactions. Tessa Schwartz is routinely involved in technology commercialization matters, while William Schwartz regularly represents companies in corporate and tech transactions and Justin Haan advises on commercial and licencing agreements primarily in the TMT sector. Boston’s Matthew Karlyn is a key name for companies in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device and technology industries. In January 2023 patent litigators Timothy Chen Saulsbury,  Eric Wiener, and Daralyn Durie joined the department from Durie Tangri LLP alongside Los Angeles-based partner Kira Davis. Unless otherwise mentioned, all named lawyers are based in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ward; Aaron Rubin

Other key lawyers:

Tessa Schwartz; William Schwartz; Matthew Karlyn; Justin Haan; Timothy Chen Saulsbury; Eugene Novikov; Eric Wiener, Kira Davis; Daralyn Durie; Ragesh Tangri; Adam Brausa; Aaron Fountain; Brian Nash; Matthew Ferry

Testimonials

‘The uniqueness in Morrison & Foerster LLP is their experience with technology licensing with a global perspective. Morrison & Foerster provides key geographical perspectives and ensures our Intellectual Property is protected.’

‘Matthew Ferry is an exceptional standout. His responsiveness, attention to detail, and positive demeanor are key qualities that we value. When collaborating with Matt, we know that going into any contract negotiations we will get the best outcome for our business.’

Key clients

OpenAI

Book.io

98point6

Dematic Corp.

Aegis Ventures LLC

EdiGene, Inc.

Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

Enza Zaden

CSPC Megalith Biopharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised OpenAI on structuring, drafting, and negotiating dozens of commercial partnerships.
  • Advised Book.io on its partnership with creators, publishers, and producers to sell digital assets based on such creators’ and publishers’ works.
  • Advised 98point6 on a series of transactions relating to its relaunch as a licensed software provider to focus on telehealth services.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 1

Morrison Foerster‘s privacy and data security offer ‘does not merely practice law but understand the spectrum of challenges and solutions in a cyber data incident‘. The team is recommended for its global reach, counseling clients on international privacy compliance requirements alongside particular skill handling cross-border transfers of data. Practice head Miriam Wugmeister, based in New York, ‘brings a calm confidence to any crisis‘. Cybersecurity incidents are a key area of Wugmeister’s practice, bolstered by AI and data ethics expertise. In Boston, Julie O’Neill works at the intersection of privacy and consumer protection law, creating compliance programs and advising on the privacy aspects of large M&A deals. The implications of US state data privacy laws and their compliance requirements are an area of expertise for Kristen Mathews in New York, who has experience with clients in the media, retail, technology, and philanthropic sectors. Also in New York, Marian Waldmann Agarwal stands out for her business and in-house experience, making her a go-to for clients seeking to establish and build their privacy programs. In California, San Francisco-based litigator Tiffany Cheung  offers notable expertise regarding biometric information security, while Purvi Patel, in Los Angeles, is experienced in cases involving businesses’ collection of personally identifiable information; both are skilled in class action litigation in the practice area. Alex Iftimie departed the practice in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Miriam H. Wugmeister

Testimonials

‘The team at Morrison & Foerster delivers advice beyond simply responding to legal questions and assisting on legal questions. The team anticipates news laws and enforcement trends, brings those to bear in its advice, and provides practical workable input that we, as a company, can implement. Further, the team builds on its knowledge of our business and market making it a trusted partner with for our legal team.’

‘Their support goes beyond what other law firms provide – they provide public policy, practice input, organizational input and more. I appreciate their commitment to providing advice on a timely basis as well as being available with little notice to talk over urgent matters.’

‘This is a world-class and world-leading cyber/data incident practice. The team does not merely practice law but understand the spectrum of challenges and solutions in a cyber data incident. They are the only team I would go to in such a crisis.’

‘Miriam Wugmeister brings a calm confidence to any crisis. Her legal knowledge is unparalleled in my experience but, more than that, she is practical.’

Key clients

Aegis Ventures LLC

Aqua Capital

adidas

Ally Bridge Group (HK) Limited

Alpine Investors

Apple

Amazon

American Bankers Association

Bumble Trading

California Attorney General’s Office (CA AG)

Capital One

Community.Com, Inc.

eBay

Euler Labs Ltd.

Mango Labs

Marriott

Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

Odevo AB

OpenAI

Oracle

Palladium Equity Partners

Prudential

Rubicon Technology Partners

Salesforce

Samsonite

Snap-on, Inc.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

SoftBank

Target

Twitch Interactive, Inc.

Unisys

United Internet/1&1 and Group Companies

Unity Technologies

Warner Music Group

Work highlights

  • Engaged by the CA AG to lead an independent review of the public release of confidential personal information for approximately 200,000 individuals contained in a firearms-related database maintained by the CA AG and advise on related crisis management issues.
  • Defending Oracle in a putative class action asserting wiretapping, invasion of privacy, and other claims under California, Florida, and federal law on the theory that as a service provider to owners of websites, Oracle “intercepted” information provided by individuals at those websites.
  • Representing Mango Labs, the developer of decentralized crypto exchange Mango Markets, in relation to a major exploit resulting in the misappropriation of over $110 million.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

Renowned for its expertise in high-value and complex transactions, the team at Morrison Foerster handles an impressive array of work, ranging from corporate and private equity-backed deals in the tech space to tech licensing and commercialization matters. Domestic and international tech giants and software corporations benefit from the firm’s broad scope of expertise, which allows it to advise on transactions related to AI, life sciences, fintech, and cloud computing products. San Francisco-based Aaron Rubin chairs the group and focuses on data- and tech-intensive sectors. Also in San Francisco is Tessa Schwartz, who handles tech procurement agreements and IP issues, William Schwartz, who concentrates on e-commerce matters, Eric McCrath, a go-to for advice on healthcare and gaming projects, and Justin Haan, who is recognized for his knowledge of tech licensing arrangements. In New York, the ‘outstandingVivian Hanson is valued for her strengths in cross-border tech transactions for clients in the financial services and media sectors, while Anthony Ramirez focuses on open-source software and tech and IP commercialization. In Palo Alto, Stephanie Sharron assists clients with data rights issues, while Daphne Higgs advises on patent and tech licensing. The ‘exceptionally insightful’ Matthew Ferry is based in San Diego and advises clients in the biotech and health-tech sectors on various commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Rubin

Testimonials

‘As a client who has worked with various law firms over the years, I can confidently say that my experience with Morrison Foerster stands out for several compelling reasons, making their practice truly unique in a competitive field. The firm demonstrates commitment and excellence in its diverse team, utilization of technology, collaborative culture, and client focus.’

‘Morrison Foerster distinguishes itself through its unparalleled combination of legal and business acumen, innovative practices, and client-centered approach.’

‘The standout feature of my experience was undoubtedly the work of Matthew Ferry. His approach was not just legally astute, but also exceptionally insightful, thoughtful, and quick.’

‘Matthew Ferry is exceptional. His knowledge of the law related to technology and his understanding of our business was extremely useful. He is very responsive and when we have a time crunch, he always figures out a way to deliver on time.’

‘Vivian Hanson is outstanding.’

‘Excellent service and thoughtful business advice.’

Key clients

Arm

Book.io

eBay

Honeywell

Infineon Technologies

Nikon

Ocrolus

OpenAI

onsemi

Rubicon Technology Partners

Salesforce

Seller X

Sonar Inc.

SoftBank

Teradata

Toshiba

Uber Technologies

Unity Software

Visa

VMware

Work highlights

  • Advised Unity in connection with its approximately $4.4bn acquisition of ironSource.
  • Represented SoftBank Group Corp and SoftBank Vision Fund in the proposed $65bn sale of UK-headquartered multinational semiconductor and software design company Arm Limited to NVIDIA.
  • Advised Endurance Acquisition Corp on its combination with SatixFy Communications Ltd, valued at $813m.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 1

Morrison Foerster is a go-to firm for clients on commercial real estate debt transactions. The team’s expertise in large syndicated term and construction loans, with CMBS, involving mortgage debt and mezzanine loans is of particular note. The firm has become increasingly involved in advising clients on potential issues related to the current distressed real estate landscape, boasting a specialized distressed real estate team to represent clients in these transactions which include global restructurings to single-asset and portfolio workouts. Mainly assisting lenders, clientele range from banks and investment banks to mortgage REITs and debt funds. In New York Mark Edelstein acts as global real estate chair for the firm, while fellow New York- based partner Jeffrey Temple and Los Angeles-based Thomas Fileti co-head the US real estate practice. Edelstein is an expert in real estate finance, representing lenders and equity players in issues from mortgage to construction loans, and acquisitions. Investment-related finance matters are handled by Fileti who specializes in real estate finance transactions and the full gamut of credit facilities. Co-chair Temple is experienced in representing both lenders and borrowers in complex real estate transactions, and is key in representing investors in large-scale acquisitions and dispositions of US commercial assets, and in loan restructurings and workouts. Christopher Delson resides in New York, Keith Print splits his time between New York and Miami, and New York-based counsel Tushna Gamadia are also noted for their roles in commercial real estate transactions. Alfred Williams was recently promoted to partner and focuses on acquisitions, financing, and development of US real estate assets from New York.

Practice head(s):

Mark Edelstein; Jeffrey Temple; Thomas Fileti

Testimonials

‘Jeff Temple and Mark Edelstein are my go to lawyers. They have a wealth of experience and are creative in their approach to problem solving. ’

The firm has superior knowledge of real estate finance, including recent laws and evolving trends. The firm has deep insight into emerging risks in different sectors of the real estate business. This firm is more thoughtful than peer firms in providing advice and guidance.’

Thomas Fileti is a brilliant real estate attorney. He is at the top of the field. He has superior insight into real estate law and issues. His advice is also commercial. He is highly responsive.’

Key clients

Mori Trust

ING Capital LLC

Standard Chartered Bank

JPMorgan Chase

RH

RIDA Development

CGI Merchant Group

Clarion Partners

Société Générale

Wells Fargo Bank

Goldman Sachs / Hines Interests

CIBC

Work highlights

  • Represented JPMorgan Chase, as arranger and administrative agent, in connection with origination of initial $500,000,000 revolving line of credit to rental housing developer that increases via accordion arrangement to $1.25 billion.
  • Represented Mori Trust in its nearly $1 billion investment in the premier New York City office building known as 245 Park Avenue, consisting of a 49.9% interest in the common equity, which it acquired from SL Green at a gross asset valuation of $2 billion.
  • Represented JPMorgan Chase in its capacity as administrative agent and arranger for a $1.1 billion mortgage loan secured by the commercial building located at 151 West 42nd Street in New York City., consisting of a $900 million senior mortgage loan plus a $200 million upsizing.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

Morrison Foerster’s team works together seamlessly with practitioners from the firm’s global office network, with a particular focus on the technology, telecommunications, financial services, transportation, healthcare and life sciences fields. Headed by Lisa Phelan and the ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ Alexander Okuliar, the group has a notable specialism in advising domestic and international tech companies, and frequently represents Japan-based clients facing antitrust issues in the US. Phelan’s recent workload includes the representation of a producer of expeditionary products in a bid-rigging DOJ investigation into shelter sales to the US military, as well as the support of two national healthcare companies with DOJ no-poach investigations and follow-on civil damage litigation. Described by clients as ‘smart, responsive and strategic’, San Francisco’s Eliot Adelson handles all aspects of internal and government investigations in various jurisdictions, while former DOJ Antitrust Division trial attorney Megan Gerking regularly advises clients on antitrust issues arising from industry consortiums and trade association activities, and is recommended for multidistrict antitrust litigation. Joseph Folio and Rob Manoso are both experienced trial lawyers and were promoted to partner in January 2024. Unless stated otherwise, all mentioned practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Alex Okuliar; Lisa Phelan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘MoFo’s antitrust team, particularly Eliot Adelson, is fantastic. One of my favorite outside lawyers to work with. Smart, responsive and strategic’

‘I have worked primarily with Alex Okuliar. He is incredibly knowledgeable, practical, and efficient. He has seen things from the perspective of the Department of Justice but also understands business matters.’

 

Key clients

Matsuo Electric Co, Ltd.

Nexstar Media Group, Inc

DNA Genotek Inc.

Barnes Family Ranch Associates, LLC

Tiz Inc. d/b/a Provi

UDR

Work highlights

  • Represented Provi in an antitrust case against Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Republic National Distributing Company relating to alleged conspiracy to eliminate competition from Provi by prohibiting retailers from ordering alcohol products they need through Provi’s marketplace.
  • Represented Nexstar Media Group, Inc., a national media company and the largest owner of local television stations in the United States, in an antitrust investigation by the DOJ and follow-on class action litigation related to the broadcast television spot advertisement market.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

The smart and strategic team’ at Morrison Foerster is distinguished by its dominant position in IP appeals before the Federal Circuit, where its lawyers have collectively argued more than 65 times—on behalf of both patentees and defendants. That being said, the group also has a strong presence in the Ninth Circuit, which is the largest court of appeals covering nine states, and the Second Circuit, which includes New York City. Deanne Maynard co-chairs the department from Washington DC and has argued fourteen times in the US Supreme Court; she is currently representing F5 in two Ninth Circuit appeals. Washington DC office managing partner, Joseph Palmore, co-chairs the practice and obtained an appellate victory for US Oncology in the Second Circuit when the Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act-related action. Washington DC is also the seat of Brian Matsui, who is recommended for patent cases. In San Francisco, up-and-coming partner James Sigel is noted for his growing activity before the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal. Lena Hughes recently left to join the White House Counsel’s Office.

Practice head(s):

Deanne Maynard; Joseph Palmore

Other key lawyers:

Brian Matsui; James Sigel; Seth Lloyd; Matthew Kreeger

Testimonials

‘The entire appellate team is smart and strategic. I appreciate its practical approach to legal issues and litigation. It does not “nickel and dime” on billing and understands the importance of educating—and building relationships with—clients. It allocates the appropriate level of resources to make services cost efficient.’

‘Joseph Palmore has done outstanding work on our behalf – both brief writing and oral arguments. He is very communicative and keeps us up to date on the status of cases and is exceptionally responsive to questions and requests for information. He is an terrific legal advocate and trusted legal partner.’

‘The leaders of this practice have deep appellate experience and are knowledgeable about a wide range of subject matters. They really dig in on the issues – clients can rely on them to do a very thorough job. Their associates are very bright as well.’

‘Deanne Maynard is a vigorous advocate for her clients. She will never give up. She listens to clients and understands their needs well.’

‘Joseph Palmore is a very smart and well-rounded advocate. He works hard for his clients and comes up with creative solutions to their problems and good arguments in court.’

Key clients

SNIPR Technologies

Unilever

U.S. Oncology (subsidiary of McKesson)

Malvern Panalytical

Teradata U.S.

F5

Celanese International Corporation, Celanese (Malta) Company 2, Celanese Sales U.S.

VMware

C.R. Bard

National Abortion Federation

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented SNIPR Technologies in the Federal Circuit in a landmark patent interference case against Rockefeller University.
  • Represented Unilever in the Ninth Circuit, securing affirmance of a district court order dismissing a putative class action.
  • Secured a win for McKesson subsidiary, US Oncology, in the Second Circuit in a long-running False Claims Act suit challenging drug pricing practices.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Morrison Foerster offers a broad range of services that includes handling internal investigations, conducting risk assessment, implementing compliance programs, and defending clients before the DOJ. Heading the team in New York, Carrie Cohen is an expert on matters relating to public corruption, while Ruti Smithline has experience navigating cross-border investigations and advising on SEC enforcement cases. Christine Wong and Craig Martin lead the team in San Fransisco. Martin frequently counsels senior executives facing internal and government investigations. Wong is skilled at advising corporate clients on compliance with laws concerning bribery, corruption, and antitrust regulations. Charles Duross and James Koukios are based in Washington DC. Duross is especially capable at handling FCPA investigations, while Koukios is recommended for cases concerning health care fraud, insider trading, and money laundering.

Practice head(s):

Carrie Cohen; Charles Duross; Christine Wong; Craig Martin; James Koukios; Ruti Smithline

Other key lawyers:

Nathaniel Mendell; Adam Braverman; Brian Kidd; Edward Imperatore; Peter Skinner

Testimonials

‘Edward Imperatore is a smart, methodical lawyer who is deeply versed in securities fraud and FCPA matters. Peter Skinner is an expert in AML and Bank Secrecy Act matters.’

‘The team has a great depth of experience.’

‘Carrie Cohen stands out as a member and leader of this practice group. She has great depth of experience and is a strategic thinker. She is a fierce advocate for her clients.’

‘The white-collar and investigations team is second to none. They have a deep bench of former DOJ prosecutors who have significant experience with complex, white-collar investigations and a comprehensive understanding of how the government approaches those types of matters.’

‘They have an incredibly strong FCPA practice. The team is very knowledgeable, easy to work with, and collaborative.’

‘Charles Duross is one of the leading FCPA practitioners in the country. He has a strong understanding of industry players and is credible with the government.’

‘James Koukios is collaborative. He’s also extremely knowledgeable about FCPA and white collar generally.’

‘Brian Kidd is the go-to person for financial fraud matters.’

Key clients

Odebrecht S.A.

California Attorney General’s Office

Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai

Euler Labs Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Served as the independent compliance monitor as appointed by the DOJ and two separate multilateral development banks for a Odebrecht S.A. in the wake of a multi-jurisdictional resolution.
  • Representing Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai, a Chinese electronics manufacturer, in a DOJ investigation into alleged violations of the Consumer Product Safety Act.
  • Representing the former CFO of a publicly traded company in an audit committee investigation and SEC investigation into accounting issues relating to a warranty accrual.

Finance > Fintech Tier 2

Noted for its extensive experience in cryptocurrency enforcement and prosecution matters, Morrison Foerster often assists fintech companies and regulated entities on federal and state law compliance. In New York, practice co-head Jeffrey Silberman is knowledgeable of regulatory and transactional mandates surrounding digital lending and payment networks, while Boston-based co-head Haimavathi Marlier represents fintech clients in litigation and government investigations. In Washington DC,Jeremy Mandell handles cash back, digital deposit, and stablecoin matters, and Crystal Kaldjob is often engaged in compliance issues as well as network and Baas agreements. In Palo Alto, Stephanie Lynn Sharron is proficient in data rights surrounding Fintech licensing and partnership deals. San Francisco-based Alfredo Silva is informed in corporate and securities law, and in New York, Evan Minsberg is a key contact for banks, e-commerce platforms, and gaming sites on product development and strategic partnerships. In Washington DC, Calvin Funk specializes in consumer finance law, notably debt collection laws, credit services, and state lending.

Practice head(s):

Haimavathi Marlier; Jeffrey Silberman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Morrison Foerster has a deep understanding of our business and the industry at large. The practice is an indispensable legal advisor that has gained the unwavering trust of both our legal and senior business leadership teams.’

‘They understand our needs inside and out and I can always count on them for extremely practical, best in class legal advice and support for financial services and FinTech regulatory and transactional matters. I offer them my very highest recommendation.’

‘They have the unique ability to provide counsel on product strategy by combining regulatory expertise with an understanding of business pressures in Silicon Valley.’

‘This practice has a superlative approach to client services: building, developing, and maintaining tight personal relationships and ensuring client satisfaction.’

‘Jeremy Mandell is the very best in the business for financial services and FinTech regulatory matters. Jeremy is our most valued adviser on all financial services issues and is a deeply trusted advisor to my legal team and business partners.’

‘Jeremy Mandell’s subject matter expertise is second to none, and his responsiveness and comprehensive understanding of our business and the industry at large is truly remarkable. Jeremy is a first-class attorney and offer him my very highest recommendation.’

‘Crystal Kaldjob is our go-to lawyer for all financial services and FinTech transactional matters. Crystal is a truly savvy negotiator and effective communicator who has handled countless transactions for us.’

‘Crystal Kaldjob is extremely well-versed in the FinTech space and is very responsive, practical, and highly recommend for all financial services and FinTech transactional matters.’

Key clients

American Bankers Association

Arca Funds

BHG Financial

BitOoda

Book.io

Chainalysis Inc

Coinbase, Inc

CoinRoutes

Divvy

eBay

Elevate Credit

Euler Labs LLC

Ideanomics

Launch Capital LLC

Mango Labs

Non-Fungible Technologies Inc

Ntropy Networks

Ocrolus, Inc

Opendeal Inc

Percapita Group

Royal Caribbean

SoftBank

Work highlights

  • Advised Experian on the creation and launch of their full-service digital banking solution.
  • Advised on the return of nearly $200 million in digital assets for Euler, three weeks after these assets were stolen by a hacker.
  • Advised a sponsor bank on the development of new products, risk management policies, and the review of their program manager relationships.

Government > State attorneys general Tier 2

Firmly entrenched in the state attorneys general space, Morrison Foerster offers a tailored service representing high-profile companies and their executives in investigations and enforcement actions by AG offices across the country. Collaboration with the firm’s breadth of practice and industry groups, including banking, consumer products, privacy, technology, and healthcare, has allowed for an integrated approach to issues spanning public corruption, securities fraud, antitrust, cybersecurity, data privacy, and consumer protection. Former New York state and federal prosecutor Carrie Cohen is global co-chair of the firm’s investigations and white collar defense practice group, as well as leading the state and local government enforcement team, and is a recognized expert on public corruption, counseling corporations, boards, and C-suite executives in sensitive government-facing investigative and regulatory matters. Also based in New York, Nathan Reilly assists clients in navigating parallel investigations by multiple law enforcement agencies, with long-standing experience in public corruption, bribery, anti‑money laundering violations, financial crime, cybercrime, and national security-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Carrie Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

California Attorney General’s Office (CAAG)

Work highlights

  • Assisted the CAAG with an independent review of the public release of confidential personal information for approximately 200,000 individuals contained in a firearm related database.
  • Represented a former New York Supreme Court Justice, John A. Michalek, who pled guilty to public corruption charges brought by the NYAG.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

Bolstered by its January 2023 combination with San Francisco IP boutique Durie Tangri LLP, the group at Morrison Foerster leverages the bench strength of its team and the backing of a network spanning Asia, Europe, and the Americas, to represent major corporates in consumer products, education, and tech (including OpenAI and MetaPlatforms) involved in high-stakes copyright prosecution and litigation. The practice is co-chaired by a team of experienced tech litigators across the nation: Bita Rahebi in Los Angeles, Mark Whitaker in Washington DC, Brian Nash in Austin, and Timothy Chen Saulsbury in San Francisco. Joseph Gratz, the lead litigator for OpenAI, and firm IP practice co-founder Michael Jacobs, are key names in handling emerging tech matters, with an emphasis on high-profile cases involving the application of generative artificial intelligence. In Los Angeles, Allyson Bennett specializes in representing e-commerce platforms, TV studios, and social networks. Rose Lee was promoted to partner at the same office in January 2024, and provides expertise in copyright, patent, and trade secret matters.

Practice head(s):

Bita Rahebi; Mark Whitaker; Brian Nash; Tim Saulsbury

Testimonials

‘Superior IQ about both legal analysis and technology.’

‘Joe Gratz is one of a very small number of lawyers who are absolute experts on the intersection of copyright and new technology.’

Key clients

OpenAI

Instagram

F5 Inc.

Meta Platforms

Redbubble

ResearchGate

Course Hero

UpCodes

Block, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represents OpenAI in a class action Digital Millennium Copyright Act suit about generative AI models, as well as two separate proposed copyright class actions cases brought by groups of authors, including  comedian Sarah Silverman, regarding the inclusion of their books in datasets used to train ChatGPT to respond to text prompts.
  • Represented F5 Inc. in a copyright infringement, fraud, and related legal theories filed by Lynwood Investments in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Represented Meta Platforms in a copyright class action brought by a photographer in the Northern District of California involving a feature on the Meta platform that allows users to embed Facebook content on other websites.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Praised by clients as having ‘the deepest bench in patent trial attorneys,Morrison Foerster has a global tech-focused intellectual property litigation practice capable of representing clients in disputes at all levels of US courts. In January 2023, the firm joined forces with the California litigation boutique Durie Tangri LLP, bringing on San Francisco based trial lawyer Daralyn Durie, who acts on the behalf of inventors in the tech and life sciences sectors. In San Francisco, Michael Jacobs is a patent litigation expert, Richard Hung is an ‘exceptionally responsive, helpful, and strategic partner‘ who handles patent and trade secret cases, and practice co-head Timothy Chen Saulsbury represents clients in a wide range of tech-related disputes. Co-head Bita Rahebi in Los Angeles is a trusted contact for tech companies in complex patent disputes, and co-head Mark Whitaker in Washington DC is well-regarded for his experience in high-stakes litigation. In Austin, co-head Brian Nash is praised for being ‘the attorney you want at your side‘ in the Western District of Texas, and Aaron Fountain is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Bita Rahebi; Mark Whitaker; Brian Nash; Timothy Chen Saulsbury

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Morrison & Foerster has by far the deepest bench in patent trial attorneys. Arturo Gonzalez, Michael Jacobs, and Daralyn Durie are the top trial attorneys in the country for intellectual property matters. Arturo is not only superb in front of a jury, but his strategic insights are also critical in guiding a case in the early phase of a litigation. When it comes to patent litigation, Michael Jacobs has done it all. Daralyn is  highly effective in getting her points across to both judges and juries. ’

‘Richard Hung understands that patent litigation is a means to an end. He can help clients develop strategic and creative solutions to achieve their business objectives. He is well-versed in litigating patents across the various district courts in the U.S. and he is also experienced in leading global enforcement efforts.

‘Richard Hung is an exceptionally responsive, helpful, and strategic partner.’

‘If you are neck-deep in the Western District of Texas, Brian Nash is the attorney you want at your side to guide you through the opportunities and pitfalls. ’

Key clients

ARM Ltd.

Atlassian

Autodesk

Avadel

Celanese

Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

Clorox

Coterra Energy Inc.

Dell Inc.

Intel Corporation

Lululemon USA Inc.

Malvern Panalytical

Monolithic Power Systems Inc.

Palo Alto Networks

Regeneron

Renesas

Sandoz

Seagen

Socionext

SolarWinds Corp.

Splunk

Target

Teradata, US Inc.

Tonal Systems

Virtru Corporation

VMware

Zoom Communications

Work highlights

  • Represented ARM Ltd. in a case against NuVia and Qualcomm involving a patent licensing dispute, trademark, and breach of contract claims.
  • Represented VMware in ongoing, high-profile patent litigation involving virtual system optimization software filed by Cirba Inc. and Cirba IP.
  • Represented Innovyze in a multi-patent litigation filed by TaKaDu.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

The trade secrets practice at Morrison Foerster is headed up by ‘true star’ Kenneth Kuwayti and Bryan Wilson who is experienced handling IP disputes for a range of well-known clients from the team’s impressive portfolio, which includes such notable names as Lime and Walmart. Wilson and Kuwayti, both based in Palo Alto, are supported by the firm’s global IP litigation co-chairs, being Los Angeles-based Bita Rahebi, Washington DC-based Mark Whitaker, Austin’s Brian Nash and Tim Saulsbury who works from San Francisco. The team’s caseload includes representing both defendant employees and plaintiff corporations in complex and high-stakes matters of alleged misappropriation, patent infringement and breaches of NDAs. Its cases often reach state Supreme Court level. Tech, life sciences, aviation and retail are key areas of industry focus across the team. Ragesh Tangri is particularly adept at advising major tech companies in significant disputes while Benjamin Fox is well-equipped to assist in relation to software and gaming. Eugene Novikov departed to private practice in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Bita Rahebi; Mark Whitaker; Brian Nash; Tim Saulsbury; Kenneth Kuwayti; Bryan Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Arturo González; Daralyn Durie; Ragesh Tangri; Benjamin Fox; Eric Tate

Testimonials

‘Extremely knowledgeable and creative lawyers that deliver very convincing argumentation in briefs and in court.’

‘Kenneth Kuwayti is a very intelligent and knowledgeable lawyer that comes up with creative solutions to even the trickiest cases. He is a true star.’

Key clients

Archer Aviation

AROA Biosurgery Limited

Cedar AI

Lime

National Institute of Aviation Research at Wichita State University (NIAR)

RoadSync Inc.

Snap-on, Inc.

Teradata Corp.

Walmart Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented the National Institute of Aviation Research at Wichita State University (NIAR) in a trade secrets lawsuit filed against the National Institute of Aviation Research at Wichita State University (NIAR) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
  • Defending 17 former Wisk Aero employees in a high-profile trade secret misappropriation case brought by Wisk.
  • Representing Walmart in a case filed by Fintiv alleging the misappropriation of trade secrets relating to Walmart’s mobile payment tech, including Walmart Pay.

International trade > CFIUS Tier 2

Morrison Foersteroperates well as an integrated FDI/CFIUS team globally’; as is evidenced by recent national security mandates linking up the Washington DC-based practice with colleagues in China and Europe. Drawing on a deep pool of CFIUS-specialist attorneys and national security advisors, the group specializes in advising on technology-related matters, in line with the wider firm’s signature strength. The group also had strong showings in the defense, financial services and energy areas over the past year. Brandon Van Grack chairs the national security group and is recommended for his robust practical experience, earned during his former position as Chief of Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit, as well as other government roles. Charles Capito divides his time between the national security and the government contracts practices and is recognized for his experience in the technology, defense, financial services and healthcare sectors, among others. Newly promoted partner James Brower is additionally noted for his ‘in-depth knowledge and experience with CFIUS’.

Practice head(s):

Brandon Van Grack

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A strong team that works seamlessly with foreign colleagues in other offices. Very culturally savvy/polite professionals and great/responsive communications. All of these factors are important for our company that often participates in cross-border deals.’

‘Charles Capito and James Brower provided not only excellent subject matter expertise but also communicated clearly and with patience with my colleagues for which English is their non-primary language.’

‘Extensive experience from within government. Lawyers stand out for their sound judgment and quality advice.’

‘James Brower has in-depth knowledge and experience with CFIUS.’

‘The MoFo team operates well as an integrated FDI/CFIUS team globally and provides strong judgment analysis on very short timelines.’

‘Charles Capito is an excellent CFIUS partner, who I rely on for his keen judgment, strong handle on the legal issues, and responsiveness on very challenging deadlines.’

Key clients

SoftBank Group Corp.

Mapbox, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising SoftBank, and its affiliates, on CFIUS matters in connection with acquisitions and investments across a wide range of industry sectors.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: middle-market (Up to $500m) Tier 2

Morrison Foerster excels at advising middle-market funds as well as a large roster of target and portfolio companies on growth investments and leveraged buyouts in the TMT sector, especially in connection with agritech, digital infrastructure, and healthcare tech transactions. The team is also noted for its deep-seated expertise in SPAC mergers, PIPE deals, and take-private transactions, and it frequently leverages its global firm network to guide its clients through cross-border investments. New York lawyer Mitchell Presser is an expert on public and private transactions in the food and agriculture sector and co-leads the team with San Francisco-based Patrick Huard, who maintains close relationships with clients such as Alpine Investors and handles a very broad range of buyouts and exits. San Francisco lawyer Susan Mac Cormac primarily handles investments in the energy space, while Omar Pringle, who is based in New York, is well-regarded for his expertise in the tech and life sciences sectors. Also in New York, Aly El Hamamsy is a key contact for restructurings and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Mitchell Presser; Patrick Huard

Testimonials

‘Strong team, great knowledge and expertise. We trust MoFo with our most challenging deals.’

‘Patrick Huard has been a trusted partner to me and my team.’

‘Amazing people. Attentive partners and strong associates beneath. Capable of scaling and providing a comprehensive suite of solutions. We view the MoFo team as our business partners vs our lawyers. Very much feel they are on our team and putting the client first.’

‘Patrick Huard and his team have helped build many of our platform investments. They are truly business partners to us who think commercially.’

‘The practice has a much more tailored approach and less of a mass market feel, which, when you are talking about strategic advice, is incredibly important. While incredibly sophisticated and understanding of complicated situations, they also have an extremely well-grounded and logical approach the helps clients get to the right answer.’

‘Mitchell Presser specifically is one of the most creative, well grounded and logical individuals I’ve met, and I would call on him for advice in almost any situation. He also surrounds himself with individuals who are cut from the same cloth so that the team is generally on the same page and pulling the oars in the same direction.’

‘Quality of team throughout. Partners are fantastic, but also draw on an incredibly strong set of associates that have allowed them to scale with our needs. Really love the all-in-one solution set across our needs. We think of our MoFo team as equally important to anyone who’s a full-time employee in building our companies.’

‘Patrick Huard – always available, providing valuable insights and commercial recommendations as opposed to just presenting facts. Patrick is a true business partner for us.’

Key clients

AgroFresh Solutions

Aliment

Alpine Investors

Altamont Capital Partners

Anzu Partners

ATN International

Crescent Cove Advisors LP

Doxim, Inc.

Emerson Collective

Examinetics

Fidelio Capital

FoodChain ID

Fremont Macanta

Generate Capital Inc

Generation Investment Management

Huck Capital/Ventures

Main Post Partners

Marrone Bio Innovations

MGG Investment Group

Odevo AB

Palladium Equity Partners

Presidio Investors

Paine Schwartz Partners

Pivotal Investment Corporation II

Pulse Agri Investments

Qatalyst Partners

Rubicon Technology Partners

San Francisco Equity Partners

Seller X

Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation

Sky Harbour

SoftBank Group

Special New Fruit Licensing

Tinicum

Vector Capital

Virgo Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Special New Fruit Licensing in connection with its combination with International Fruit Genetics to form Bloom Fresh International.
  • Advised AgroFresh Solutions Inc in connection with its go-private buyout deal with a private equity firm.
  • Advised Alpine Investors and portfolio company Trilon Group on several transactions.

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

Morrison Foerster has a national focus and offers comprehensive litigation services to a range of clients, predominantly from the technology and life sciences, consumer products, and food and beverage sectors. The group is well-versed in representing clients in false and deceptive advertising disputes under the Lanham Act and California’s Advertising Law. Leading the team is Erin Bosman who is based in San Diego. Other key team members include Tiffany Cheung and Alexis Amezcua, who are based in San Francisco, and Los Angeles-based Purvi Patel. Cheung has extensive experience defending high-profile clients in class action matters, while Amezcua focuses on representing clients in consumer class actions. Patel is recognized for her work on privacy matters, particularly cases involving the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information. She has particular expertise in California privacy laws, which makes her adept at representing companies in enforcement matters brought by the California Attorney General. Claudia Vetesi, based in San Francisco, concentrates on compliance matters for her clients in the food and beverage industry.

Practice head(s):

Erin Bosman

Key clients

McKesson

Oracle America, Inc.

Evolve Biosystems

Nature’s Path Foods, LLC

Bumble Inc.

Chobani LLC

Unilever

Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

Propel Media, Inc.

Thinx, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defending Oracle in a putative class action asserting wiretapping, invasion of privacy, and other claims under California, Florida, and federal law.
  • Represented McKesson in a long running junk fax case in which a putative class was seeking more than $75 million in statutory damages.
  • Representing microbiome company Evolve Biosystems and the Regents of the University of California in their litigation against Abbott Laboratories in the Northern District of Illinois.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

Situated within a globally integrated network, the team at Morrison Foerster handles complex outsourcing transactions involving cloud computing, emerging technologies, and data analytic tools. With sector expertise in logistics, insurance, and healthcare spaces, the firm also demonstrates skill in the fintech industry. New York’s Vivian Hanson chairs the sourcing practice and covers global ITO and BPO deals in addition to advising on SaaS agreements and IP licenses. Aaron Rubin chairs the tech transactions group in San Francisco and focuses on advising established and emerging companies on consumer electronics and AI deals. Boston-based Matthew Karlyn demonstrates commercial life sciences know-how and assists clients with business transactions related to the procurement and commercialization of life sciences and tech products. In New York, Joan Warrington’s scope of work includes retail financial services and emerging payment agreements, while Anthony Ramirez negotiates a wide range of outsourcing deals and content and data licenses.

Practice head(s):

Vivian Hanson

Key clients

Royal Caribbean

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Caribbean in connection with its co-brand credit card relationship with the Bank of America, and its merchant processing arrangements with Fiserv, Bank of America, Worldpay, and American Express.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

Alice Connaughton and Larry Medvinsky jointly lead the REITs practice at Morrison Foerster from Washington DC, with Connaughton regularly representing a number of non-listed REITs in corporate transactions, while Medvinsky is noted for his ability to handle IPOs and secondary fundraises. David Slotkin handles major transactions for the practice including a preferred equity investment in the multifamily space and continues to represent underwriters and companies in debt and equity securities. Justin Salon is a capital markets expert and represents both public and private companies in transactions including debt-related transactions and common stock offerings. San Diego-based Shane Shelley is the go-to REIT tax attorney of the practice. Notable team members include Washington DC-based Andrew Campbell who has represented underwriters and privately held REITs in securities transactions, and John Hensley is well-versed in IPOs, follow-on offerings, and private placements and resides in Austin. Unless otherwise mentioned, all lawyers listed are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Alice Connaughton; Larry Medvinsky

Key clients

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Antarctica Capital, LLC

Ares Industrial Real Estate Income Trust Inc.

Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc.

Ascend Medical Holdings, LLC

Aventine Property Group, Inc.

Barclays Capital Inc.

BofA Securities, Inc.

B. Riley Securities, Inc.

Broad Street Realty, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Equity Residential

Farmland Partners, Inc.

Forum Investment Group

Freehold Properties, Inc.

Hines Global Income Trust, Inc.

Innovative Industrial Properties

KeyBank

My Place Self Storage

Piper Sandler Companies

R.W. Baird

Treehouse REIT

UDR, Inc.

UBS Securities, LLC

Wells Fargo Securities LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Ares Industrial Real Estate Income Trust Inc. (AIREIT) in connection with each of its public offerings, including in its third public offering of $5 billion of common stock.
  • Represented Hines Global Income Trust, Inc. in connection with each of its public offerings, including its most recent and ongoing third public offering of up to $2.5 billion of common stock.
  • Representing Forum Investment Group in connection with the roll-up of entities that own 17 muti-family properties into a flagship REIT, through a series of mergers.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Morrison Foerster offers a broad nationwide antitrust practice with a strong presence across New York, Washington DC and San Francisco, working with clients in regulated industry antitrust issues sectors, particularly in the tech, telecoms, and life sciences fields. The team is well-versed in merger clearance processes, including FTC Second Request investigations, as well as cross-border matters. The practice is jointly steered by Alexander Okuliar and Lisa Phelan. Praised as ‘smart, practical, and responsive’, Okuliar has deep agency experience and remains active on high-profile transactions, while Phelan is noted for her expertise in contentious investigations. Jeff Jaeckel is a key port of call for domestic and international corporations on a host of antitrust matters. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Alex Okuliar; Lisa Phelan

Other key lawyers:

Megan Gerking; David Shaw; Jeff Jaeckel

Testimonials

‘Alex Okuliar is an active and savvy leader of the group and Lisa Phelan has built a very successful practice there based on her extensive cartel experience from her time at DOJ.’

‘Alex Okuliar is a standout in the industry. Alex’s fundamental understanding of the antitrust landscape is unsurpassed and his counsel is critical to our firm’s antitrust risk analysis. He also makes himself readily available to us despite his demanding schedule.’ 

‘I highly recommend Alex Okuliar. He’s smart, practical, and responsive. He knows the area exceptionally well and provides a helpful perspective from his time in government while also bringing a commercial lens.’

Key clients

Propel Media, Inc.

Boyd Gaming Corporation

Unity Software

McGrath RentCorp

Work highlights

  • Defending Propel Media, Inc. in connection with a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission that seeks to enjoin PMI’s acquisition by IQVIA Holdings Inc.
  • Advised Unity Technologies in connection with the definitive agreement under which ironSource, a leading business platform that empowers mobile content creators to turn their apps into scalable, successful businesses, will merge into a wholly owned subsidiary of Unity via an all-stock deal.
  • Advised McGrath RentCorp on the antitrust law aspects of its acquisition of Vesta Modular, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries and its sale of Adler Tank Rentals.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

The international litigation practice at Morrison Foerster consists of a range of lawyers acting across commercial, securities, white-collar, antitrust, and product liability-related disputes. The US capabilities of the firm are bolstered by connections with offices in leading jurisdictions, frequently working with London, Brussels, and other key areas. A merger with Durie Tangri LLP in early 2023 saw the capabilities of the firm expand, particularly in the IP litigation space, with this expansion continuing, including Nathaniel Mendell in Boston. At leadership level, San Francisco-based Christine Wong and Austin-based Bradley Wine are key names. Also of note are Kenneth Kuwayti, who is based in Palo Alto and sustains a focus on intellectual property work, often in the tech space, and San Diego-based Brian Kramer, with a patent litigation focus, both in the US and further afield.

Practice head(s):

Christine Wong; Bradley Wine

Key clients

Snap-on, Inc.

CalPlant I Holdco, LLC and CalPlant I, LLC

Euler Labs Ltd.

Teradata

Matsuo Electric Co, Ltd.

TP ICAP

Celanese International Corporation

ARM Ltd.

Former CEO of G4S

Fujitsu America, Inc.

Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited (“FSL”)

Work highlights

  • Representing Celanese in a multi-patent infringement dispute against Anhui Jinhe Industrial Co., Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of high-potency sweeteners.
  • Represented Snap-on and Mitchell 1, who filed a lawsuit against their competitor, China-based Autel Intelligent Technology Co. and its U.S. subsidiary Autel US, after discovering that Autel ITC and Autel US had hacked into handheld diagnostic computers and data servers to steal proprietary data.
  • Represented Teradata in a suit against SAP America, Inc. for trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, and antitrust violations.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

Arturo González at Morrison Foerster is based in San Francisco, and maintains an extremely broad trial practice. Over the course of 2023, González appeared in a case for Lime in relation to fraud, intentional interference and unfair business practices.  González notably excels in IP litigation, including copyright and trademark disputes, and recently represented Novartis in a patent infringement case.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Instructed on a standalone basis, as well as generating some work from its well respected venture capital offering, West Coast heavyweight Morrison Foerster provides a comprehensive offering to large and emerging life sciences entities, from product development to market and beyond, in both a risk management and litigation context. On the litigation front, the team, which is led out of San Diego by Erin Bosman , ‘thinks creatively about how product liability litigation fits within the company’s larger risk management program’. Herself a former scientist, San Diego-based Julie Park is ‘attentive, responsive, efficient and results oriented’ and exemplifies the firm’s holistic approach, being adept at guiding clients throughout the product life cycle, from regulatory advice through to class action litigation.  

Practice head(s):

Erin Bosman

Other key lawyers:

Julie Park; Tiffany Cheung; Purvi Patel; Alexis Amezcua; William Tarantino; Claudia Vetesi; Alexandra Preece Barlow

Testimonials

‘The team thinks creatively about how product liability litigation fits within the company’s larger risk management program.’

The firm is skilled at not just litigating individual cases but putting them in the context of a larger litigation strategy.’

‘Julie Park is attentive, responsive, efficient and results oriented.’

Key clients

McKesson Corporation

MicroPort Orthopedics Inc.

Prelude Fertility, Inc.

Thinx Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing McKesson in multidistrict litigation and state court proceedings comprising thousands of cases arising out of plaintiffs’ allegations that they sustained permanent hair loss after being treated for breast cancer with Taxotere.
  • Representing MicroPort Orthopedics in multidistrict litigation, state court co-ordinated proceedings, and dozens of individual product liability cases pending around the country alleging injuries from hip or knee replacement implants.
  • Represented Prelude Fertility and Pacific MSO in a class action, state court coordination, and individual arbitration proceedings involving 200 households.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

Morrison Foerster‘s toxic tort and environmental offering is well-versed in representing clients, including consumer goods, technology, and aerospace companies, in class actions and mass torts relating to alleged personal injury and property damage caused by a variety of toxins. Led by William Tarantino from San Francisco, the firm is currently representing a multinational aerospace and defense company in a putative class action and separate individual mass tort matters seeking to hold it accountable for damage to local residents from exposure to toxic chemicals allegedly caused by its historic manufacturing operations in New York. Tarantino is also at the forefront of the firm’s efforts helping clients navigate California’s unique environmental legislation, Proposition 65, both from a compliance perspective and in any enforcement actions. San Diego-based Erin Bosman chairs the firm’s class actions and mass torts practice and has toxic tort experience, including in the context of defending clients in alleged misleading advertising regarding products containing traces of PFAS.

Practice head(s):

Erin Bosman

Other key lawyers:

Julie Park; Tiffany Cheung; Purvi Patel; Alexis Amezcua; William Tarantino; Claudia Vetesi; Krista deBoer

Key clients

Clearwater Seafoods

Northrop Grumman

Thinx Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Northrop Grumman in $1bn+ environmental and toxic tort litigation, including a putative class action and more than 20 individual mass tort matters, alleging personal injury and property damage claims from environmental contamination in Bethpage, New York arising from work during WWII building fighter planes for the Navy.
  • Defended Thinx Inc. in three putative class actions relating to allegations that Thinx falsely represents its period underwear as safe and organic when the underwear purportedly contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and migratory silver nanoparticles.
  • Representing Clearwater Seafoods, the largest producer of shellfish in North America, in a Proposition 65 enforcement action brought by the California Attorney General claiming that certain clams, mussels, and shellfish contain excessive levels of lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Morrison Foerster has ‘a breadth of knowledge and experience' regarding complex securities litigation defense cases. Whether it is securities class actions, derivative cases, or SEC investigations, the firm is able to call on experienced litigators across the US to handle high-profile conflicts. Jordan Eth in San Francisco, ‘spectacular attorneyHaimavathi Marlier in New York, and James Koukios in Washington DC are co-chairs of the securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar defense practice. Notably, Marlier and New York-based Jamie Levitt, defended venture fund LaunchCapital LLC and Woody Benson, a director of co-defendant Atonomi, in a securities class action. The case was successfully settled. Anna Erickson White is the key contact in San Francisco. She worked with Ryan Keats to assist enterprise data platform company Cloudera, Inc. with a class action alleging it made misleading statements about its cloud-native products.

Practice head(s):

Jordan Eth; Haimavathi Marlier; James Koukios

Testimonials

‘MoFo has a breadth of knowledge and experience to assist with the most complex securities litigation defense issues.’

‘Haima Marlier is a spectacular attorney who understand the law and regulators, and who also understands business needs. She delivers strong results taking into account the particular needs of her clients.’

Key clients

Unity Software

Capital One Financial Corporation

Cloudera, Inc.

GoDaddy, Inc.

Amazon.com, Inc.

Enakshi Singh (former CFO of Zymergen, Inc.)

ON24, Inc.

Two Former Executives and Directors of a NASDAQ-listed Company

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (‘Wachtell Lipton’)

Launch Capital

Oracle Shareholder Derivative

Patrick Dillon/ Tu Simple (former CFO, TuSimple Holdings, Inc.)

Canaccord Genuity

Vidul Prakash (former CFO of View, Inc.)

A Global Technology Company

Coinbase, Inc.

Arm Holdings plc

SolarWinds Compromise – Numerous Clients

Work highlights

  • Represented Unity Software Inc. and certain of its officers and directors in multiple suits brought by investors relating to allegations that the company and its executives made false or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose issues.
  • Represented Capital One and certain of its current and former officers and directors in a stockholder derivative suit related to a cyberattack against the bank.
  • Represented Cloudera and certain of its officers and directors in their defense of parallel securities class actions pending in California state and federal court.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Morrison Foerster‘s business restructuring and insolvency group is led by Jennifer Marines and Lorenzo Marinuzzi  and is noted for their ‘outside of the box thinking‘ in creditor representation, including representing creditors’ committees. Gary Lee has a split practice in representing debtors and creditors in domestic and cross-border restructuring and liquidation proceedings, while Theresa Foudy‘s expertise extends to bankruptcy litigation, having represented Chapter 11 debtors, indenture trustees, secured and unsecured creditors. Miranda Russell is a name to watch for her representation of various parties in corporate restructurings and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Douglas Mannal is noted for his work with creditors and joined the team from Dechert LLP in March 2024. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Marines; Lorenzo Marinuzzi

Other key lawyers:

Theresa Foudy; Gary Lee; Miranda Russell; Seth Kleinman; Andrew Kissner; James Newton; Ben Butterfield; Douglas Mannal

Testimonials

‘The Morrison Foerster Restructuring team is brilliant, innovative and very focused on satisfying client needs. They think outside of the box and welcome challenging cases in which there is no case law and creative/independent thought prevail. Their written work product is turnkey, and I strongly recommend them for insurance insolvency-related work in particular.’

‘Gary Lee is a rock star, if there is such a thing in the restructuring world. He is very smart, kind to his clients and innovative. He loves a challenging query, and he has a vast amount of experience. I have not worked with any lawyers more talented than him in his field of expertise. He also has a very strong team accompanying him, which can produce compelling work product on very short notice.’

‘Andrew Kissner is a Counsel who is on the rise, very bright and creative. James Newton is a more junior partner who has counseled us strongly over the years on a cross-border insurance insolvency.’

‘They have a good creditor side bankruptcy practice.’

‘Seth Kleinman is a good lawyer, commercial and user friendly.’

Key clients

CalPlant I Holdco, LLC and CalPlant I, LLC

Clovis Oncology, Inc.

Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc./Incora

Peer Street, Inc.

Columbia Pulp I, LLC

MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC

AIG Financial Products Corp

VMware, Inc.

Nevro Corp.

A secured creditor in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Coin Cloud

Alter Domus (f/k/a Cortland Capital Market Services)

Ad hoc group of lenders to an operator of digital and brick-and-mortar specialty pharmacies

Ad hoc group of lenders to an omnichannel video conferencing solutions provider

Altamont Capital Partners

Technology-focused venture capital fund

Work highlights

  • Served as bankruptcy counsel to CalPlant I Holdco, LLC and CalPlant I, LLC in their chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Served as counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Clovis Oncology, Inc., and its affiliated debtors, following Clovis filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Served as counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc., and its affiliated debtors, following Incora filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Morrison Foerster offers cross-border support to clients across an array of asset classes, including fixed income, equity, commodities and credit. The firm is also equipped to handle matters in emerging classes including carbon credits. David Kaufman chairs the practice from New York, concentrating on structured transactions and regulatory matters related to the CFTC and Dodd-Frank Act. In Washington DC, Chrys Carey aids banks, investment companies, hedge funds and corporate end users in their regulatory and compliance issues. Vlad Maly left the firm in July 2023 with Valerie Dahiya joining in Washington DC from Perkins Coie LLP in October 2023, while New York’s Rhys Bortignon joined as a partner from White & Case LLP  in April 2024, bolstering the firm’s expertise across a wide variety of products and derivatives transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Kaufman

Key clients

Adara

Arrowgrass Master Fund Limited

AXA Investment Managers

ING

Ping An Real Estate Capital

Tiberius Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised various domestic middle market banks on derivatives matters relating to financial regulatory reform, including the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Advised several US-based commercial banks on their derivatives business.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 3

Pairing an ‘unparalleled combination of legal and business acumen,’ Morrison Foerster is the firm of choice for several global pharmaceutical companies facing patent challenges, whether looking to gain patent coverage for their novel drugs, or to enforce existing patents via the courts. The January 2023 merger with litigation boutique Durie Tangri saw experienced patent litigators Daralyn Durie, Adam Brausa, both in San Francisco, and Los Angeles-based Kira Davis join the practice, further enhancing its ability to take on major patent disputes concerning cancer treatments, biosimilars, small molecules and more. Practice head Michael Ward maintains a practice between San Francisco and Boston, overseeing patent portfolios for both drug developers and clients active in the agriculture field, whom he advises on protection strategies and licensing for their unique plants. In Palo Alto, Catherine Polizzi and Janet Xiao assist clients with the development of their patent portfolios, as it pertains to therapies for cancer, autoimmune diseases and gene therapy, among others. Based out of Washington DC, Stacy Amin handles FDA regulatory issues, including enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ward

Testimonials

‘I’ve interacted with three attorneys at MoFo and have been impressed with their knowledge and expertise. They are thorough and helpful, and most of all, they are very quick in their response times.’

‘Each individual is highly competent. The team is incredibly responsive. They really care about the client and go out of their way to provide comprehensive, business-relevant answers.’

‘I use the IP prosecution team. It is a very diverse team, which is incredibly unique in this area of law.’

‘MoFo distinguishes itself through its unparalleled combination of legal and business acumen, innovative practices, and a client-centered approach. The team’s strengths lie in their ability to integrate legal expertise with strategic business insights.’

‘They were very professional, fast and available to help me close contracts.’

‘Experienced, thoughtful, responsive, efficient. Morrison Foerster does everything well. They are as skillful as any group I have worked with.’

‘The team at Morrison Foerster has strong technical and legal expertise. Customer service is excellent.’

‘Catherine Polizzi and her team are knowledgeable and detail-oriented.’

Key clients

10x Genomics

9amHealth

Ally Bridge Group

Alpine Immune Sciences

Arcellx

Avadel Pharmaceuticals

Bard

Bayer

BeiGene

Biopharmaceutical Research Company

Bristol-Myers Squibb (Celgene Corporation, Juno Therapeutics, Abraxis Biosciences)

Carlsmed, Inc.

CG Oncology, Inc.

Chugai Pharmaceutical

Cornell University

Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Limited

Dewpoint Therapeutics

DNA Genotek/OraSure Technologies, Inc

Driscoll’s

Dynavax Technologies

Eureka Therapeutics, Inc.

Evolve Biosystems

Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

Geneos Therapeutics, Inc

General Catalyst

Genentech

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

ImmuneBridge

insitro

Johnson & Johnson

Lyndra Therapeutics

Maze Therapeutics

McKesson Corporation

NKGen Biotech

Novartis

Nuvation Bio Inc.

MyChem

NextSense, Inc

Onc.AI

Ono Pharmaceutical

Orbimed Advisors

Pillar Biosciences

Pliant Therapeutics

Rakuten Medical

RheumaGen

Sama Therapeutics

Sandoz

Santen Pharmaceutical

Seagen

Sequlite Genomics

Shoreline Biosciences

SNIPR Biome

Spark Therapeutics

Theonys, Inc

Triastek, Inc.

Trio Pharmaceuticals, Inc

TRIO Pharmaceuticals

Volastra Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Advised Seagen on its patent strategy for monoclonal antibody-based therapies for the treatment of cancer.
  • Representing Bristol-Myers Squibb and its subsidiaries Celgene and Juno Therapeutics on patent issues.
  • Represented Evolve Biosystems and the Regents of the University of California in their litigation against Abbott Laboratories in the Northern District of Illinois.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 3

The ‘organized and zealous advocates‘ at Morrison Foerster represent both claimants and respondents in Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission and demonstrate particular expertise in tech-related patent disputes. The Washington DC-based team is led by Mark Whitaker, who has extensive experience with patent and trade secret litigation, especially in cases relating to semiconductors, photo and optical technologies, chemicals, and date base analytics. Brian Busey handles cross-border patent disputes in addition to his active ITC litigation practice, and Daniel Muino is noted for his close relationships with blue-chip tech clients. Also a key member of the ITC group, trial lawyer Mary Prendergasthas deep knowledge of 337 practice and procedure and is a strong strategic thinker.

Practice head(s):

Mark L. Whitaker

Testimonials

‘Morrison Foerster has a strong Section 337 practice with a deep bench and expertise in the forum. They are organized and zealous advocates for their clients. ’

‘Mary Prendergast has deep knowledge of Section 337 practice and procedure and is a strong strategic thinker. ’

Key clients

Celanese International Corporation

Clorox

Renesas Electronics Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Celanese in an appeal of an ITC decision relating to certain high potency sweeteners made by intervenor Anhui Jinhe Industrial Co., Ltd. to the Federal Circuit.
  • Acted for Clorox and its Brita brand in connection with an ITC investigation relating to water filter technology.
  • Represented Brita in an appeal of an ITC decision relating to gravity-fed water filters and water filter technology to the Federal Circuit.

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 3

The life sciences, food and agribusiness, and high-tech industries are focus areas for Morrison Foerster‘s ‘fantastic’ patent prosecution group which is equipped to handle high-value and often cross-jurisdictional work. Michael Ward who works between Boston and San Francisco oversees the practice and harnesses a niche specialism in crop protection and plant IP work, as well as impressive experience handling patent portfolios and securing protection for new plant varieties. Also standouts in San Francisco are Jie Zhou and Anita Choi. Biopharma and tech are areas of particular focus in an IP context for Catherine Polizzi in Palo Alto. In San Diego, Karen Potter is focused on assisting companies with patent preparation, prosecution, and strategic counselling. Potter and Polizzi, along with San Francisco-based Jie Zhou, are described as ‘exceptional patent practitioners’. Boston-based Jonathan Bockman leads the practice on the East Coast; Bockman has noteworthy capabilities handling domestic and international level portfolio management, prosecution, due diligence and validity determination cases, as well as related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ward

Testimonials

‘Jie Zhou, Karen Potter, and Catherine Polizzi are all exceptional patent practitioners. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience in drafting and prosecuting life science patents. If you have a platform case, there is no team I would trust more to get meaningful patents granted.’

‘They have an excellent technical understanding of the company’s core technology and have developed a patenting strategy, including scope and timing of patent protection, that has favorably impressed potential collaborators and investors. The MoFo team of attorneys, technical advisors, paralegals and administrators meets all of our needs in a timely and cost efficient manner.’

‘Karen never fails to bring good considerations and suggestions to discussions, and the process proceed efficiently. Karen Potter has frequently interfaced with company investors, collaborators and senior management, and without fail those interactions have produced results that all parties are happy with.’

‘Karen Potter and her fantastic team understand their clients’ needs and provide pragmatic solutions. Karen and her team are a pleasure to work with and have great understanding of the field in which they work. We work together on cell therapy matters, and Karen has a particularly comprehensive understanding of the technology.’

‘The team is very diverse which is incredibly unique in this area of law.’

‘The partner Jie Zhou is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. She resources her team very well but is very involved and has full understanding of our needs and docket. The associates are also excellent and very motivated to provide business advice rather than legal textbook advice.’

‘The team is highly experienced and consistently produces high-quality work product.’

‘Combination of legal acumen and a conscientious focus on client needs. Catherine Polizzi is a stand-out partner.’

Key clients

10x Genomics

Abraxis Bioscience

Aimmune Therapeutics

Ally Bridge Group

Alpine Immune Sciences

Aspen Neuroscience

Bayer

Benson Hill

Bristol-Myers Squibb; Juno Therapeutics and Celgene (acquired by BMS)

California Table Grape Commission

Cartography Biosciences

Cartography Biosciences

CG Oncology, Inc.

Cornell University

Cytokinetics

Dewpoint Therapeutics

Driscoll’s

Dynavax Technologies

Enza Zaden

Eureka Therapeutics, Inc.

Genentech

Gilead Sciences

Hofseth Biocare

Inari

Indapta Therapeutics

Invaio

Johnson & Johnson

Juno Therapeutics

Lyndra Therapeutics

Magic Leap, Inc.

Maze Therapeutics

Pillar Biosciences

Pliant Therapeutics

Praxis Biotech

Santen Pharmaceutical Co.

Seagen

SNIPR Biome

SoFresh

Terviva

Triastek, Inc.

Tropic Biosciences

Work highlights

  • Provided strategic patent counseling and prosecution services to Genentech, developing the company’s strategy for its multibillion-dollar portfolios, including blockbuster cancer drugs Kadcyla, Perjeta, Gazyva, and Tecentriq.
  • Advised Driscoll’s on vital patent strategy that keeps the company at the top of the ultra-competitive berry market.
  • Advised Ally Bridge Group since its inception to conduct IP due diligence on its investment deals.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

Morrison Foerster serves a diverse client base across sectors including technology, private equity, and finance, as well as healthcare, agribusiness, and consumer products. Experienced in ERISA-prohibited transactions, equity compensation plans, and retirement benefits, the group guides clients through transactions including IPOs and cross-border M&A. Domnick Bozzetti, co-leading the team from New York, offers public companies expertise in executive compensation disclosures, particularly in annual proxy statements and IPO contexts. His fellow co-chair in New York, Joshua Lerner, specializes in senior executive compensation matters, including severance packages and change in control arrangements. Of Counsels Marvin Swift and Brooke Monahan, based in Phoenix and San Francisco respectively, bring their ERISA and compensation expertise to the team, while associate Yuan Xia in Palo Alto is noted for her work with public companies, private equity funds, and startups.

Practice head(s):

Domnick Bozzetti; Joshua Lerner

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SoftBank Group

eBay

onsemi

Grant Thornton LLP

Southwest Gas

ARM Limited

AgroFresh Solutions

Examinetics

Aqua Capital

Main Post Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Arm on the executive compensation aspects of its blockbuster IPO on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
  • Advised Southwest Gas on the executive compensation aspects of transactions, including the $1.5 billion sale of MountainWest Pipelines Holding Company to Williams Companies and the spin-off of Centuri Group.
  • Advised SoftBank on the executive compensation aspects of its agreement to acquire all outstanding capital stock of Berkshire Grey.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 3

The group at Morrison Foerster specializes in wage-and-hour class actions, PAGA cases, whistleblower mandates, and trade secrets litigation. Clients include private and public company boards of directors of companies in the retail, financial services, and tech segments. The team is co-led by San Francisco-based Eric Tate, who regularly represents C-suite executives in employment-related crisis matters and is praised by one client as being at the ‘top of his game’. Alongside him, Los Angeles-based Tritia Murata routinely acts in PAGA mandates and has significant experience defeating class certification in wage-and-hour cases.

Practice head(s):

Eric Tate; Tritia Murata

Testimonials

‘Top-notch team, responsive, highly skilled, strong bench of quality lawyers and staff.’

‘Eric Tate and Andrew Turnbull are at the top of their game. Highly experienced, responsive, thorough and practical.’

‘Strategic, practical, business-oriented lawyers who provide excellent advice and legal service.’

‘Eric Tate is fantastic. He is always very responsive and practical, with impeccable judgment. I trust any member of his team he refers us to.’

‘Excellent knowledge, practical and smart advice, gravitas.’

‘Eric Tate is fantastic. He is both strategic and practical, and he really focuses on the matter at hand in a way that makes you feel well-taken care of.’

‘The team is extraordinarily responsive to time-sensitive matters. With key team members sitting on both the East Coast and the West Coast, there is excellent coverage throughout the US.’

‘Eric Tate is a master at guiding strategic conversations and complex negotiations with many parties including the C-Suite and the Board. I also love that the team is incredibly diverse, which not only reflects strong values but, practically speaking, often lends itself to a measure of credibility on critically important topics.’

Key clients

Springshot, Inc.

Lime

F5 Networks

Ralphs Grocery Company

Alticor/Amway

Nevro Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented Springshot, Inc in a breach of contract case against INFORM Software Corp.
  • Represented Lime in a trade-secret and tortious interference case in federal court against Hertz and a former Lime senior engineer.
  • Represented and defended Amway Corp. in numerous wage-and-hour matters.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 3

Morrison Foerster, with its ‘very deep bench strength of partners and associates’, supports emerging growth companies from initial financing rounds to exit strategies. Co-leading the practice from San Francisco, Murray Indick brings a wealth of experience in corporate law and investment funds, serving a diverse client base from entrepreneurs to later-stage companies. Michael Glaser, another San Francisco-based practice leader, specializes in guiding start-ups through venture capital transactions and M&A exits. In San Diego, Steve Rowles heads up the corporate practice, with Jim Krenn focusing on venture capital financings and M&A. Timothy Harris, based in Palo Alto, brings expertise in corporate and securities issues to the table.

Practice head(s):

Murray Indick; Michael Glaser

Other key lawyers:

Steve Rowles; Jim Krenn; Timothy Harris; Alfredo Silva; Matthew Ferry

Testimonials

‘Very deep bench strength of partners and associates. Collaboration of teams in complex situations.’

‘I’ve been able to rely on Matthew Ferry’s knowledge and deal-making skills during contract negotiations.’

‘Alfredo Silva as our point person brings on a team that has deep industry expertise on the IP and regulatory side and works collaboratively with his partners to get outcomes. Across the board he stands out as our top-performing firm and advisor.’

‘Alfredo Silva is responsive and attentive, commercial, creative, catches errors like nobody else, and is highly ethical and principled.’

‘The MoFo team have the ability to “think” like investors and lawyers at the same time – directing us to the key points we should focus on.’

‘Murray Indick is a stellar lawyer with the perfect blend of experience in investing and law to be able to guide us in both deal structuring, fund formation, and negotiations. I trust he will look out not only for the current problems but future potential problems.’

‘Timothy Harris and his team are the best I’ve ever worked with in my career: they are highly reliable, thoughtful, professionals and highly collaborative.’

‘Timothy Harris, is by far, the most thoughtful and competent attorney I’ve ever worked with.’

Real estate Tier 3

With experience spanning hotel, hospitality, and resort through to large-scale office mandates, Morrison Foerster’s well-rounded global real estate group advises on high-value purchase and sale transactions, often assisting on large investments, financings and joint ventures. The firm routinely assists large asset management companies and financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo Bank, and Goldman Sachs, as well as several REITs, funds, and developers. The chair of the team is Mark Edelstein who is also known for his leading of the practice’s distressed real estate group; he is based in New York. In the same office, co-chair Jeffrey Temple has extensive experience handling multi-tiered finance transactions and credit facilities. On the West Coast, LA based co-chair, Thomas Fileti, regularly assists on transactions involving REITs, among other areas. The practice also has experience assisting on distressed assets and bankruptcies; here, New York’s Lawrence Ceriello is noted for his mezzanine debt, workout, and restructuring experience. Philip Levine is highlighted for his leading of the firm’s northern California real estate practice group in addition to his leading on several sizeable equity and debt transactions, construction loan mandates and retail lease work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Edelstein; Jeffrey J. Temple; Thomas R. Fileti

Other key lawyers:

Philip Levine; Alfred Williams; Tushna Gamadia; Lawrence Ceriello

Key clients

Mori Trust

ING Capital LLC

Standard Chartered Bank

JPMorgan Chase

RH (formerly Restoration Hardware)

RIDA Development

CGI Merchant Group

Clarion Partners

Société Générale

Wells Fargo Bank

Goldman Sachs / Hines Interests

CIBC

Work highlights

  • Represented Mori Trust in its nearly $1 billion investment in a New York City office building known as 245 Park Avenue, consisting of a 49.9% interest in the common equity, which it acquired from SL Green at a gross asset valuation of $2 billion, and all three tranches of mezzanine debt secured indirectly by the property, which it purchased from seven different lenders.
  • Represented RIDA Development Corporation in the recapitalization and sale of its interest in the Gaylord Rockies Hotel in Aurora, Colorado, pursuant to which RIDA sold all of its interest in the $1.2 billion project to Ryman Hospitality.
  • Represented CGI Merchant Group in connection with the acquisition and financing of the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Morrison Foerster’s transactional tax practice offers considerable combined expertise in the real estate and semiconductor sectors, last year advising the $5.2bn semiconductor IP company Arm Holdings Ltd in relation to its Nasdaq Global Select Market IPO. The group is also notably active in the biotech/pharma and sustainability spaces. New York-based practice chair Anthony Carbone advises clients on M&A, reorganizations, fund formation, and leveraged buyouts, with a client base that includes acquiring and target companies, private equity funds, deal sponsors, investment banks, commercial banks, and venture capital and hedge funds. Shane Shelley in San Diego focuses on federal income tax issues in the real estate, renewable energy, and financial products spaces. San Francisco’s Bernie Pistillo handles the tax aspects of international and domestic mergers, corporate restructurings, and spin-offs. Joy MacIntyre, also in San Francisco, has extensive experience forming partnerships, limited liability companies, Subchapter C and S corporations, real estate investment trusts, mutual funds, and tax-exempt entities. Brian Radigan in New York advises private equity funds, startup entities, REITs, and multinational corporations. Dave Sturgeon and Katherine Erbeznik, both in New York, play key roles in the team. Jay Blaivas departed the firm in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Carbone

Testimonials

‘The team from Morrison-Forrester were attentive, kind and extremely helpful with the creation of my 501c3. They made the process easy and seamless. All information that they needed from me was presented in a straightforward manner. I thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone on the team. They were genuinely interested in the project and helped to complete the paperwork in a timely fashion.’

‘Katherine Erbeznik is wonderful to work with. She was friendly and engaging and helped to explain the complexities of the process to me in a way that was easy to understand. We had a great rapport and I would recommend her to anyone needing legal help for their non-profit.’

‘Tony Carbone has deep specialism in several areas but also an incredible breadth of knowledge. Very rare in that he is a tax lawyer and an accountant.’

Key clients

Arm Holdings Ltd.

SoftBank Group Corp

eBay

onsemi

McGrath RentCorp

Southwest Gas Corporation

Veeco Instruments Inc.

Odevo AB

Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I

Vontier Corporation

Trilon Group

Dosatron International

Era Software

Nikon Corporation

Alpine Investors

Rubicon Technology Partners

Grant Thornton

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Antarctica Capital LLC

Autodesk

RH (formerly known as Restoration Hardware)

UDR, Inc.

Unity Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Arm on tax matters relating to its IPO on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, with a total deal value of approximately $5.22 billion.
  • Advised SoftBank Group Corp. on the tax aspects of its agreement to sell its 90.01% equity in Fortress Investment Group to Mubadala Investment Company, through its wholly owned asset management subsidiary Mubadala Capital.
  • Advised Southwest Gas on the tax implications of several strategic transactions, including the $1.5 billion sale of MountainWest Pipelines Holding Company to Williams Companies.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Fielding a strong bench with significant agency experience, the antitrust and competition practice at Morrison Foerster counts leading pharma companies, media entities, and prominent tech corporations among its impressive roster of clients. The group is particularly adept at handling class actions following cartel investigations, as well as litigated merger challenges and cases concerning market dominance claims. Alexander Okuliar and former Antitrust Division criminal enforcement chief Lisa Phelan jointly oversee the team from Washington DC; Okuliar is a key contact for competitor-on-competitor antitrust litigation. Other key individuals in Washington DC are David Cross, Megan Gerking, and Mary Kaiser. Cross has a broad antitrust practice that covers monopolization and price-fixing allegations, including algorithmic price-fixing; Kaiser is another name to note here. Additionally active in the algorithmic price-fixing space, Gerking, a former DOJ antitrust trial attorney, also takes point on litigated merger clearances. On the West Coast, San Francisco’s Bonnie Lau and Eliot Adelson have extensive experience advising tech sector clients on multidistrict litigations, government enforcement actions, and class actions.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Okuliar; Lisa Phelan

Key clients

DNA Genotek Inc.

Matsuo Electric Co, Ltd.

Avadel Pharmaceuticals

Barnes Family Ranch Associates

Propel Media, Inc.

Teradata

Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

The Icon at Panorama, LLC

Tiz Inc. d/b/a Provi

UDR

Work highlights

  • Defending Propel Media, Inc. in connection with a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) that seeks to enjoin PMI’s acquisition by IQVIA Holdings Inc.
  • Representing Provi in an antitrust case against that Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Republic National Distributing Company relating to allegations of conspiracy to eliminate competition from Provi by prohibiting retailers from ordering alcohol products they need through Provi’s marketplace.
  • Representing Nexstar Media Group, Inc., a national media company and the largest owner of local television stations in the United States, in an antitrust investigation by the DOJ and follow-on class action litigation related to the broadcast television spot advertisement market.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Morrison Foerster represents a roster of corporate and commercial clients across both plaintiff and defendant-side mandates across a broad range of industries, including banking and financial services, life sciences, real estate, tech, and transportation. Chair of the commercial litigation and trial practice group, Arturo González, is a key contact for high-stakes litigation and arbitration. Tiffany Cheung is a key name for consumer class actions, particularly those involving privacy and marketing issues, while Austin’s Bradley Wine predominantly focuses on disputes in highly regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Arturo González

Other key lawyers:

Tiffany Cheung; Brad Wine

Key clients

Archer Aviation

Bumble Inc.

Lime

Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

VMware

HMO

Recology, Inc.

Chobani LLC

ARM Ltd.

Oracle America, Inc.

LINE Corporation

Alcon Vision, LLC

Cinch Home Services, Inc.

Discord

DIVX LLC

Farmland Partners Inc.

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Snap, Inc.

TP ICAP

Plum Healthcare

Work highlights

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 4

Morrison Foerster is a trusted advisor for development finance institutions, regional development banks, and export credit agencies engaged in funding various infrastructure projects in developing nations. Recent undertakings involve guiding clients on financing funds focused on climate change, energy transition, and sustainability investing. The firm also advises on the financing of cross-border renewable energy projects, encompassing wind and solar power plants. Leading the team from the Washington DC office, Greg Smith and Ann Lilienthal are regularly supported by senior counsel Richard Jenney, who excels in project finance matters and cross-border investment transactions. Conrad E. Proulx adds valuable expertise, focusing on renewable and conventional power projects in emerging markets spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Smith; Ann Lilienthal

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Inter-American Investment Corporation

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

U.S. Department of Energy

Export-Import Bank of the United States

International Finance Corporation

African Development Bank

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

CDC Group plc

Export-Import Bank of Korea

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance

Central American Bank for Economic Integration

Work highlights

  • Acting for the DFC; JBIC; EBRD; and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking as lenders on various power projects in Jordan, including the 400MW combined cycle Amman East Power Plant (IPP1), the 250MW tri-fuel AES Levant Power Plant (IPP4), the 48.7MW A M Solar Plant, and the 24MW Ma’an Solar Plant.
  • Advising IDB Invest on the $452m expansion and upgrade of the Kingston Container Terminal.
  • Advised DFC and CDC on the financing of the Tè power plant in Guinea.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Morrison Foerster has a depth of expertise and experience in high-yield debt, investment grade debt, convertible debt and private placements in multiple industries, especially banking and finance, energy and cleantech, life sciences, and technology. It is also active in debt offerings by REITs. It benefits from a stable of clients that frequently tap the debt markets and has extensive global connections in Asia and Europe. The firm has extensive SEC regulatory expertise and is a growing force in ESG-related offerings. Washington DC’s Scott Lesmes and New York-based John Owen are key partners. Of counsel Emily Beers has an active role in many of the firm’s key debt deals.

Practice head(s):

Justin Salon

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays Capital Inc.

Boyd Gaming Corporation

Citibank

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Equity Residential

Cassava Sciences Inc.

Bridge Investment Group Holdings, LLC

Hines Global Income Trust, Inc.

Krystal Biotech, Inc.

McKesson Corporation

onsemi

Piper Sandler & Co.

eBay, Inc.

RE/MAX

RH

Shell International Finance B.V.

Southwest Gas Corporation

The Chemours Company

UDR, Inc.

Veeco Instruments Inc.

Vonage Holdings Corp.

Vontier Corporation

Washington Gas Light Company (WGL Holdings Co.)

Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)

Work highlights

  • Advised eBay on its $1.15bn offering of senior unsecured notes under its existing shelf registration statement.
  • Represented the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) in its $3.83bn fixed-price cash tender offer for any and all of certain Connecticut Avenue Securities (CAS) Debt Notes.
  • Represented the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) in its $2.65bn fixed-price cash tender offer for any and all of certain Connecticut Avenue Securities (CAS) Debt Notes.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

Morrison Foerster has made a particular impact in mid-cap and large domestic and global equity offerings; it represented Arm Holdings in its headline $5.22bn IPO on Nasdaq, one of the largest equity offerings of 2023. The firm has made a further impression in follow-on offerings, PIPE offerings and de-SPAC transactions. It focuses on issuer-side representations with a particular affiliation for the technology sector, along with REITs, energy, financial services and life sciences. Justin Salon is chair of the global capital markets practice and leads many of the firm’s headline deals, including the Arm Holdings IPO. Andrew Campbell is noted for REIT offerings and Austin based John Hensley is another key member of the team. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Justin Salon

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc.

B. Riley Securities, Inc.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays Capital Inc.

Boyd Gaming Corporation

Citibank

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Equity Residential

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Exantas Capital Corporation

Hines Global Income Trust, Inc.

Krystal Biotech, Inc.

McKesson Corporation

KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

ON Semiconductor Corp.

Piper Sandler & Co.

Pivotal Investment Corporation II

RE/MAX

RH

Shell International Finance B.V.

Southwest Gas Corporation

Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation (Tim Hortons China)

The Chemours Company

UDR, Inc.

Upland Software, Inc.

Unity Software Inc.

Veeco Instruments Inc.

Vonage Holdings Corp.

Vontier Corp.

Washington Gas Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation on its de-SPAC merger with TH International Limited.
  • Represented Arm Holdings in its $5.22bn IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Represented Krystal Biotech in its $160m PIPE offering of common stock and in its $150m at-the-market offering.

Finance > Project finance

Demonstrating cross-border capabilities and a depth of expertise across a wealth of financing transactions, Morrison Foerster advises major organisations including the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation who seek out the firm's substantial international projects that span Africa, Asia and Latin America. Greg Smith is one of two team heads and possesses a diverse book of work that includes renewable energy, digital infrastructure and social infrastructure financings, as well as overseeing debt investments into private equity and impact funds. Second group lead Ann Lilienthal is another prolific agency lender specialist and has a similarly diverse financing practice, cover a range of debt and equity transactions, taking the lead on a number of projects based in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. Conrad E. Proulx has been a crucial supporting presence on the full spectrum of departmental matters, building up a formidable book of work. All individuals work in Washington DC.    

Practice head(s):

Gregory Smith; Ann Lilienthal

Other key lawyers:

Conrad Proulx

Key clients

Inter-American Investment Corporation

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

U.S. Department of Energy

Export-Import Bank of the United States

International Finance Corporation

African Development Bank

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

CDC Group plc

Export-Import Bank of Korea

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance

Central American Bank for Economic Integration

Inter-American Investment Corporation

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

U.S. Department of Energy

Export-Import Bank of the United States

International Finance Corporation

African Development Bank

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

CDC Group plc

Export-Import Bank of Korea

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance

Central American Bank for Economic Integration

Work highlights

  • Serves as lead counsel to the lenders on various power projects in Jordan, including the 400MW combined cycle Amman East Power Plant (IPP1), the 250MW tri-fuel AES Levant Power Plant (IPP4), the 48.7MW A M Solar Plant, and the 24MW Ma’an Solar Plant.
  • Advising IDB Invest in connection with the US$452 million expansion and upgrade of the Kingston Container Terminal which is set to increase the capacity of Jamaica’s most important port facility in the Port of Kingston.
  • Serves as lead outside counsel to DFC and CDC on the financing of the Tè power plant, a 52 MW gas-fired power project in Conakry, Guinea, which is sponsored by Endeavor Energy.

International trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 4

With experience across the full gamut of compliance and enforcement work, Morrison Foerster’s export controls and economic sanctions team is commended by sources for ‘bridging the mindset of a regulator and the private sector’. The group’s regulatory insight is due in no small part to its formidable bench of former OFAC personnel, including high-profile national security co-head John Smith, who is a former Director of OFAC. The Washington DC-based team also draws on fellow national security co-chair Brandon Van Grack, who managed the DOJ’s Voluntary Self-Disclosure Program for sanctions and export controls violations; and of counsel Andrea Delisi, who previously served as Assistant Chief Counsel at OFAC.

Practice head(s):

John Smith; Brandon Van Grack

Other key lawyers:

Charles Capito; Joseph Benkert; Andrea Delisi; Nathanael Kurcab

Testimonials

‘An experienced team bridging the mindset of a regulator and the private sector. Lawyers provide very pragmatic and risk-based advice. One of its kind on sanctions and export controls. We highlight John Smith and Nathanael Kurcab.’

Key clients

Office of the President of Ukraine

The Clearing House

Maersk

Walmart

Central American Bank for Economic Integration

Stellantis

JPMorgan Chase

Wells Fargo

ITOCHU

Citigroup

Work highlights

  • Retained by the Office of Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to provide legal services and counsel regarding US and other sanctions regimes.

Tax > International tax Tier 4

The tax team at Morrison Foerster handles tax matters relating a wide range of issues, encompassing M&A, private equity, venture capital, REITs,  tax treaties, and tax controversies. Practice head Anthony Carbone, who is located in New York, advises clients on tax planning strategies for M&A, reorganizations, fund formation and leveraged buyouts representing private equity funds, deal sponsors, investment banks, commercial banks and hedge funds, as well as venture capital, real estate and other funds, acquiring and target companies, and management groups. Dave Sturgeon supports clients with a wide range of complex business transactions, including domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, spin-offs and other divestitures, as well as financings, refinancings, restructurings and other business transactions. Federal tax expert Joy MacIntyre, who is based in San Francisco, concentrates her practice on providing tax planning and transactional advice to U.S. and non-U.S. based businesses and their investors. Also based in San Francisco, Bernie Pistillo advises on the US federal income tax aspects of international and domestic M&A, corporate restructurings and spin-offs, and tax controversy matters in the international area, particularly transfer pricing, the development and exploitation of technology and intellectual property and the structuring of international operations for both start-up entities and existing corporate groups. San Diego-based Shane Shelley has significant experience counseling on the tax aspects of business transactions, including M&A, fund formations, joint ventures, international structuring and capital markets offerings. In New York, Katherine Erbeznik has a particular focus on the Latin America market, routinely advising on cross-border M&A. At the associate level, Lauren Keller, who sits in the Los Angeles office, is a name to watch.      

Practice head(s):

Anthony Carbone

Testimonials

‘Experts in their field, very accessible, great sector/industry knowledge, friendly. I consider them to be business partners.’

‘Katherine Erbeznik is the best tax attorney I have worked with in the last 10 years.’

 

Key clients

Arm Holdings Ltd.

SoftBank Group Corp

eBay

onsemi

McGrath RentCorp

Southwest Gas Corporation

Veeco Instruments Inc.

Odevo AB

Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I

Vontier Corporation

Trilon Group

Dosatron International

Era Software

Nikon Corporation

Alpine Investors

Rubicon Technology Partners

Grant Thornton

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Antarctica Capital LLC

Autodesk

RH (formerly known as Restoration Hardware)

UDR, Inc.

Unity Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Arm on tax matters relating to its blockbuster IPO on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
  • Advised SoftBank Group Corp. on the tax aspects of its agreement to sell its 90.01% equity in Fortress Investment Group to Mubadala Investment Company, through its wholly owned asset management subsidiary Mubadala Capital.
  • Advised Southwest Gas on the tax implications of several strategic transactions, including the $1.5 billion sale of MountainWest Pipelines Holding Company to Williams Companies.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 5

Despite being positioned on both the lender and borrower side, Morrison Foerster‘s ‘borrower side team is well steeped in debt finance transactions and can assist many different types of borrowers through complicated and significant deals.‘ The team has ample experience working on secured credit facilities, asset-based lending and leveraged lending transactions, especially in the context of the technology, private equity, professional services, manufacturing and life sciences sectors. Dario Avram leads the global finance team from the San Francisco office, regularly representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in leveraged buyouts, refinancings and restructurings. Forming part of the New York offering, Geoffrey Peck is highly regarded for his work handling domestic and cross-border financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Dario Avram

 

Testimonials

‘Very experienced in lower middle market capital call subscription facilities and venture lending.’

‘David Ephraim is a delightful and experienced individual. He has done a terrific job building the group.’

‘This team has unusually wide and deep experience with commercial lending matters, giving the team members an always up-to-date view of current landing market terms and trends.’

‘Team members (especially leaders David Ephraim and Beth Tunstall, but also members Will Gerber, Ian Hohmeister and Ben Rosenzweig) understand that their clients want to get their loan transactions completed quickly and efficiently, so team members are excellent problem solvers. ’

‘The MoFo borrower side team is well steeped in debt finance transactions, and can assist many different types of borrowers through complicated and significant deals.’

‘Dario Avram is top notch – a real industry veteran.’

‘Maria Strickland and Joe O’Donnell have a built a first class fund finance team. The team are technically great, consistently demonstrate efficient transactional management and work very pragmatically to get deals done. They are also very fun to work with. Our team love working with the Morrison & Foerster Boston team.

‘Maria Strickland – She is very knowledgeable about the fund finance market and is technically superb. She is always a pleasure to work with. Joe O’Donnell – he is a great transactional lawyer who is highly respected in the industry. Special mentions to Matt Hadge and Da Mao – both seasoned associates who are always great to deal with. ’

Key clients

Alpine Investors

Altamont Capital Partners

Antarctica Capital

Bridge Investment Group

CIBC World Markets

Clean Energy Fuels

Community Choice Financial

Crescent Cove Private Equity

Driscoll’s

Global Financial Institutions

Main Post Partners

Neuronetics

Northern Bank & Trust Company

ON Semiconductor

Palladium Equity Partners

Restoration Hardware

Revolution Foods

Rubicon Technology Partners

Southwest Gas Holdings

Vector Capital

Virgo Investment Group

Alpine Investors

Altamont Capital Partners

Antarctica Capital

Bridge Investment Group

CIBC World Markets

Clean Energy Fuels

Community Choice Financial

Crescent Cove Private Equity

Driscoll’s

Global Financial Institutions

Main Post Partners

Neuronetics

Northern Bank & Trust Company

ON Semiconductor

Palladium Equity Partners

Restoration Hardware

Revolution Foods

Rubicon Technology Partners

Southwest Gas Holdings

Vector Capital

Virgo Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Restoration Hardware, an upscale furnishings company, as borrower, in connection with a $610m syndicated secured loan facility.
  • Represented Alpine Investors and its portfolio company, Apex Service Partners, in the refinancing of Apex’s existing credit facilities in connection with Apex’s $3.4bn single-asset continuation transaction.
  • Represented Hercules Capital, Inc. as lender in relation to a $125m credit facility with Provention Bio, Inc.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 5

With a strong track record in overseeing cross-border M&A transactions across the tech, life sciences, and agriculture sectors, the Morrison Foerster team delivers ‘efficient and seamless’ results for a roster of global corporate clients. Based in New York, Spencer Klein co-heads the practice and specializes in stock and asset acquisitions, while Mitchell Presser is an expert on the financial services and insurance industries. Co-head Brandon Parris, who is based in San Francisco, regularly represents clients in major spin-offs and joint ventures. Also in San Francisco, Erin McCrath is an expert on matters arising in the tech sector, and Michael O’Bryan concentrates on divestitures and strategic transactions. In Miami, Randy Bullard is noted for his ability to handle cross-border transactions spanning the US, Europe, and Latin America. Denver-based lawyer Erik Knudsen is knowledgeable on leveraged buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Klein; Brandon Parris

Testimonials

‘Deep industry knowledge and expertise coupled with strong client demeanor and negotiating skills.’

‘Tremendous work ethic, reasonable / effective approach to negotiations, and strong client management skills.’

‘Well integrated with key specialists, e.g. government contract experts, which is critical for my deals.’

‘Very efficient and seamless in their behind-the-scenes interactions with specialists. Tyler Sewell and Gabriella Fortun are extraordinary.’

‘They have a depth and breadth of experience that is critical for doing large transactions including international expertise.’

‘Erik Knudsen – lead partner on US transactions. Erik is very knowledgeable, easy to work with, and explains things well. Great problem solver. Very good at anticipating next steps.’

‘There are two factors that have led to me continuing to work with MoFo over the years, (i) the commercial nature of their approach to M&A transactions and (ii) their exceptional expertise within our Government Contracting industry. There are many other law firms around the beltway that bring one or the other, but not both. In order to accomplish our M&A objectives, these two attributes are critical to the ability to get transactions completed.’

Key clients

98point6

Alpine Investors

AgroFresh Solutions

Anzu Partners

ATN International

Autodesk

Axalta Coating Systems

BetterUp

Boyd Gaming

Bow River Capital

Daiwa Securities

Ducera Securities

eBay

eTelligent Group

Examinetics

Excellere Partners

Fidelio Capital

FoodChain ID

Freedom 3 Capital

Fremont Macanta

Fujitsu

Grant Thornton

Honeywell

Infineon Technologies

Main Post Partners

Marrone Bio Innovations

McGrath Rentcorp

MGG Investment Group

Linquest

Odevo AB

onsemi

Paine Schwartz Partners

Pivotal Investment Corporation II

Popchips

Pulse Agri Investments

Qatalyst Partners

Raymond James Financial

Renesas Electronics

Rubicon Technology Partners

Rothschild & Co.

San Francisco Equity Partners

Seagate Technology

Sedgwick Claims Management Services

Seller X

Sigma Defense Systems

Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation

Sky Harbour

SoftBank Group

Solomon Partners

Southwest Gas

Special New Fruit Licensing

Tene Capital

Tinicum

The News Lens

Toshiba

Trailhead Capital

Uber Technologies

Unity Technologies

US Silica

Veeco Instruments

Verdane Capital Advisors

Verisem

Vimian Group

Visa

Vontier

Work highlights

  • Advised SoftBank on the $3.3bn sale of Fortress Investment Group to Mubadala Investment Company, as well as on its $375m acquisition of robotic automation company Berkshire Grey and in the establishment of joint venture GreenBox to offer first-of-its-kind automated warehouse services.
  • Advised Unity Software Inc. in connection with ironSource’s merger into a wholly owned subsidiary of Unity via an all-stock deal valuing ironSource at approximately $4.4 billion.
  • Advised the board of directors and the Transaction Special Committee of Toshiba Corporation regarding the $15.2bn tender offer proposal by Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. to acquire all of Toshiba Corporation’s common shares.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 5

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

Synergizing its trademark litigation expertise with California boutique Durie Tangri LLP in January 2023, Morrison Foerster is involved in several multifaceted matters across a number of sectors, including healthcare, e-commerce, media, and life sciences.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Bolstered by its January 2023 combination with San Francisco IP boutique Durie Tangri LLP, the group at Morrison Foerster employs deep bench strength to provide trademark management and enforcement strategies to major corporates across the food and beverages, tech, software, life sciences, wine and agricultural sectors.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Advising on the entire fund formation spectrum and related regulatory and tax matters, Morrison Foerster fields an experienced team that covers both GP and LP representation. The team is steered by Palo Alto based Stephanie Thomas, who is well versed across diverse asset classes where she acts for fund sponsors and institutional investors.

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 cross-border 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
Business restructuring and 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:The firm 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.

Finance: MoFo has one of the most experienced finance practices in the US Our 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:The team 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. MoFo provides advice on the many US and foreign laws regulating international business transactions including the FCPA, the U.K. 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 firm have 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:The firm’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. MoFo drive strategy to position our 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 destination firm for class actions, no matter the subject area, and understand the shortest path to win and resolve cases.

Mergers and 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 and 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.

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