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Morrison & Foerster LLP - New York
  • 1290 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10104-0050
  • Tel:+1 212 468 8000
  • Fax:+1 212 468 7900
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  • Chair of the Firm: Larren M Nashelsky
  • Managing Partners: Craig D Martin, Eric Piesner, Anna Erickson White
  • Regional Offices: The firm also has offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Northern Virginia, Palo Alto, Sacramento, and San Diego
  • International Offices:  The firm has offices in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Firm Overview:
With more than 1,100 lawyers in 17 offices, Morrison & Foerster is a preeminent global law firm dedicated to delivering business-oriented results to clients across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Dynamic technology and life science companies, large financial institutions, leading consumer product companies, and other market leaders come to MoFo for knowledge, innovation and business aptitude. MoFo handles some of the world’s largest cross-border transactions and resolves major disputes across multiple jurisdictions. The firm has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work and social justice.

Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust & Competition:

The firm’s global antitrust lawyers are recognized leaders who resolve complex antitrust cases through dispositive motions, but are capable of taking any case to trial. They draw on a deep well of experience to obtain successful results in criminal investigations and merger reviews.

Business Restructuring & Insolvency:
MoFo is counsel to debtors, creditors’ committees, secured lenders, and other participants in the distressed markets in large, complex matters. The firm is a market leader in the restructuring of financial institutions, cross-border insolvencies, distressed real estate, creditors’ committee representation, insolvencies involving key intellectual property, and hedge fund failures.

Capital Markets:
The firm is a pioneer in developing synthetic products, hybrid securities, structured products, and derivatives. MoFo ranks as one of the leading firms for issuer and underwriter representations for initial public offerings, international offerings, REIT offerings, as well as offerings of debt, hybrid, preferred, and structured securities. The firm advises in connection with private placements, PIPEs, IPOs, 144A/Reg S offerings, continuous issuance programs, including MTN, CP, and covered bond programs.

Financial Services:
MoFo has one of the most recognized and most experienced banking and financial services regulatory practices in the United States, with more than five decades of work in the field. The firm represents domestic and foreign banks, credit card and other payment systems companies, savings associations, industrial loan companies, and other financial services organisations.

The firm’s financial transactions practice provides a wide range of services to both lenders and borrowers, with leading lawyers in finance, investment management, debt trading, and infrastructure finance. The firm handles virtually every type of real and personal property secured and unsecured financing transaction.

Intellectual Property:
MoFo has one of the largest and highest-rated intellectual property practices in the world. The firm provides a full range of services, including counseling, prosecution, litigation, dispute resolution, trade secrets, and licensing transactions in patent, trademark, and copyright matters.

The firm’s litigators are renowned for their success in high-stakes, complex cases worldwide. MoFo has some of the top trial and appellate lawyers in the United States, as well as leading practitioners in antitrust, securities, white-collar criminal defense, products liability, class action defense, unfair competition, employment, financial services, international arbitration, intellectual property, trade secrets, and patents. The firm is noted for its U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice. MoFo is the only international law firm in Japan with a full-service litigation capacity.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Morrison & Foerster 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. Lawyers work as an integrated team with colleagues with deep experience in key areas such as IP, antitrust, litigation, tax, labor and benefits, finance and bankruptcy, real estate, environmental law, and securities.

Project Finance & Development:
The firm’s project finance lawyers assist clients in all aspects of the development, construction, financing, restructuring, and purchase and sale of infrastructure projects around the world with a focus on energy, alternative energy, and renewable resources. They also provide political risk insurance counseling.

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.

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Business Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Capital Markets
  • Cleantech
  • Corporate
  • Employment & Labor
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Transactions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Management
  • Land Use & Environmental
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation, Arbitration, Trials, Appeals & Supreme Court
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Product Liability
  • Project Finance & Development
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Technology Transactions


  • 1290 Avenue of the Americas,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10104-0050
  • Tel +1 212 468 8000
  • Fax +1 212 468 7900
  • Email : info@mofo.com
  • Website : www.mofo.com
  • 425 Market Street,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94105-2482
  • Tel +1 415 268 7000
  • Fax +1 415 268 7522
  • Email : info@mofo.com
  • 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Suite 6000,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006-1888
  • Tel +1 202 887 1500
  • Fax +1 202 887 0763
  • Email : info@mofo.com

Antitrust - California

What the team is known for Acts across a wide variety of litigation matters, including government investigations and private antitrust suits, representing both US and international clients. It also regularly counsels clients on a variety of antitrust issues and is particularly noted for its complementary IP practice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an excellent team. The overall quality is good."

Work highlights Acted for DocMagic as a plaintiff in a civil monopolization claim brought against Ellie Mae, achieving a favorable settlement.

Represented Tulammo USA in defense of a claim brought against it alleging unfair competition in the firearms ammunition industry.

Notable practitioners 

Sources "have a lot of respect" for Penelope Preovolos, describing her as "one of the top class action lawyers around." She recently represented Ubiquiti Networks in relation to an antitrust counterclaim concerning internet technology.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Ubiquiti Networks, Via Licensing.

Banking & Finance - California

What the team is known for Recognized for its strength in energy and clean tech lending, where it has built up a substantial base of experience. Adopts a multidisciplinary approach to matters and works together with the firm's real estate, fund and tax experts to offer a comprehensive service to clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're excellent lawyers, very well versed and very cooperative." 

Work highlights Acted for SoftBank advising on all of the debt financing aspects involved in its acquisition of Sprint Nextel.

Represented The Campbell Group's affiliates in several matters, including updates to $1.2 billion of debt facilities.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Leventhal maintains a good reputation in the market. He is adept at advising on a variety of secured and unsecured finance transactions, including asset-based lending, project finance and restructurings.

Significant clients American Pacific, CleanEnergy Fuels, Capricorn Investment Group, Mega International Commercial Bank, Global Cash Access.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - California

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Corporate/M&A - California

What the team is known for Strong performance in the corporate market, with a broad range of expertise in public and private M&A, and noted strength in the venture capital space. Known for excellent judgment in a wide scope of M&A matters. Well respected for its work in technology and highlighted for its distinguished cross-border work with Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a very deep M&A team, in terms of negotiations of definitive agreements and legal diligence. There is consistency in the quality across practice groups and across the seniority of the lawyers."

"The capabilities and service orientation of the partners makes the experience of working with them exceptional."

"Great client service, and they seem more up to date on case law and trends in the M&A market."

Work highlights Represented Intel in its investment of $4.1 billion in ASML, a Netherlands-based chipmaker.

Acted for investor Thomas, McNerney & Partners the $21.3 million Series B financing of Cebix.

Advised Fosun International in the $3.5 billion going private transaction of Focus Media.

Notable practitioners 

The esteemed Robert Townsend is hailed by clients as "extremely knowledgeable about recent trends and cases - and super smart!" He has a strong presence in the Northern California market and is widely acknowledged for his expert work in high-value transactions, recently advising Softbank on its $21.6 billion purchase of a majority stake in Sprint Nextel. His practice is further complemented by his highly regarded expertise in Asia deals.

Jay de Groot focuses his San Diego-based practice in the venture capital market. His expertise covers a wide scope of industries, and includes advising public companies on all buy and sell-side matters. He also represents private equity and venture-backed companies, particularly in the life sciences and cleantech sectors.  

Sources commend Eric McCrath as "responsive, thoughtful and a skillful negotiator." Clients find his fluent Japanese a valuable asset and highlight his experience in cross-border matters. Recent work highlights include Pinnacle Entertainment's acquisition of Ameristar Casinos.

Michael O'Bryan is characterized by his "very strong technical knowledge base." Clients further praise him as "very responsive, with great communication skills, and very detail oriented." His work in Northern California is well regarded and he recently advised Davide Campari-Milano on its $414.8 million purchase of Lascelles deMercado & Co.

Stephen Thau has notable venture capital expertise and is particularly well regarded in the biotech sector. His experience extends across a broad range of M&A transactions and he represents public companies as well as venture capital and investment banking firms.

The highly regarded Charles Comey offers "a tremendous amount of experience" and is particularly lauded by clients as "very knowledgeable in cross-border M&A." He is widely acknowledged for his Asia deals practice and is a noted authority on China.

Significant clients Intel, Eclipse Therapeutics, McKesson, McAfee, Split Rock Partners. 

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - California

What the team is known for Well-integrated practice offering notable expertise in assisting companies in the benefits and compensation matters related to transactional projects. Offers particular experience in acting for technology clients, and draws on significant nationwide and international resources when doing so.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We have found MoFo to be responsive with respect to both timeliness and cost, deep in talent, and very helpful in negotiation and regulatory strategy."

"Morrison & Foerster is excellent in knowledge of the substantive areas of law as well as market practice, client service, and responsiveness."

Work highlights Reprepented Japanese wireless carrier SoftBank's employee benefits and executive compensation needs in its suggested $21.6 billion part acquisition of Sprint Nextel.

Provided employee benefit and executive compensation counsel for Toshiba Tec on its $850 million asset acquisition of IBM's point of sale business.

Notable practitioners

Employee benefits authority Paul Borden offers an impressively broad-based practice in this space, and is lauded by sources as a "a strong lawyer who is well respected in the community." He was instrumental in providing employee benefits support during Toshiba Tec's recent asset acquisition of IBM's POS business. 

Michael Frank centers his expertise around the benefits and compensation issues stemming from a range of corporate transactions. Clients are quick to praise his ability to "provide knowledgeable and timely technical advice as well as good drafting work."

Significant clients Adobe Systems, Fujitsu, Intel, MedAmerica, Nikon.

Environment - California

What the team is known for Comprehensive environmental practice covering regulatory, transactional and litigation work. Provides clients with notable expertise in Proposition 65 litigation and also strong in acting for clients involved in greenhouse gas and water supply and quality cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand and always consider the client's business and operations when counseling and providing advice."

"They are talented attorneys and everything you would want in an outside counsel."

Work highlights Represented 16 food and beverage companies in Proposition 65 and state and federal class actions concerned with the alleged presence of lead in a selection of their products.

Acted for Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District in its attempts to win control of the Owens Lake bed.

Notable practitioners

Michèle Corash is recognized by peers as an expert in Proposition 65 regulation. Other areas of expertise lie in the areas of Superfund and hazardous waste matters. 

Michael Steel advises clients in the automobile, shipbuilding, oil and electronics industries with regard to employee safety, hazardous substances and air quality. He also provides advice on Proposition 65 matters and a market source remarks that he "inspires trust in his clients and adversaries."

According to a client, Peter Hsiao "is very helpful in assisting in the development of policies and strategies, not only legal, but political as well." His background in chemical engineering is employed in his practice through his work on natural resource and chemical toxic tort issues. 

Significant clients AvalonBay Communities, Costco Wholesale Corporation, EDF Renewable Energy, Rio Tinto Minerals, Union Pacific.

Intellectual Property - California

What the team is known for Represents clients in high-stakes litigation covering all areas of intellectual property. Maintains particular expertise in the technology, life sciences and telecommunications arenas. Also noted for its strengths in the entertainment space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have substantially impressive technical abilities; I am always struck by the team's ability to stay on top of demanding subject matter."

"They are our go-to firm because of their expertise and global reach."

Work highlights Successfully secured a restraining order in a complex, cross-border trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation case on behalf of Ubiquiti Networks against Kozumi USA.

Secured a complete reversal of a $60 million verdict against client NuVasive at the Federal Circuit, as well as overturning the cancellation of NuVasive's Neurovision trademark. The case has been remanded to new trial at the district court. 

Notable practitioners

Harold McElhinny is praised by a client as "one of the best litigators I have ever worked with!" He has represented major clients in patent matters for many years, and is particularly active in litigation dealing with telecommunication technology.

Michael Jacobs is particularly valued by clients for his courtroom skills, with one describing him as "excellent when he is in action." He handles high-stakes patent litigation, and is particularly adept at handling disputes dealing with hi-tech and life science innovations.

Rachel Krevans is the chair of the firm's IP litigation practice group. She has a wide experience of litigating patent matters in the electronics and life sciences arenas.

Vincent Belusko is a highly successful patent practitioner, who has a large stable of clients in the entertainment industry. He is trusted by his clients to handle matters of vital business importance, and is described by them as "pragmatic and practical; a significant value add."

Significant clients AIG, Immersion Corporation, Kyocera, Warner Bros.

IT & Outsourcing - California

What the team is known for Specialist technology transaction group that assists clients with outsourcing, commercial deals and M&A transactions. Houses wide-ranging expertise covering cloud computing, social media, big data and semiconductors, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are incredibly responsive, but what I really like is that the group has the deepest knowledge of the intersect between commercial and IT law. That's rare to find in a person, let alone an entire group."

"I really appreciate their global coverage - this helps with cross-border transactions."

"The work and recommendations are kept in context, 'reality-based' and not merely an exploration of legal possibilities but concrete recommendations based on them providing the best outcome for us."

Work highlights Retained by DreamWorks to advise on the IP and licensing aspects of a joint venture with several Chinese parties to form Oriental DreamWorks in a deal worth $350 million.

Assisted Yahoo! with IP, data privacy and security issues concerning its acquisitions of mobile application provider Astrid and travel-planning application MileWise.

Notable practitioners  

William Schwartz is an experienced IP and technology transactions lawyer. Clients appreciate his background in corporate law which means that he understands their commercial needs. In addition, he is armed with "strong technical skills - he knows how to speak computer hardware and software" and is also "a sensational drafter."

Paul Jahn maintains a broad practice assisting with various transactions, counseling on open source issues and joint development projects. Clients state that he is "one of the sharpest legal minds I've had the pleasure of working with," adding that "his knowledge of the law, and ability to guide a deal and transaction to manage the tough aspects of agreements, is masterful."

Tessa Schwartz assists clients with all aspects of technology transactions, including the IP aspects of M&A deals. She has a background in both litigation and antitrust, which means "she understands how to resolve disputes."

Up-and-coming lawyer Aaron Rubin played a lead role in the firm's work on the IP and licensing aspects of DreamWorks' recent joint venture. Clients appreciate that he is "incredibly understanding and diplomatic." 

Stephanie Sharron maintains a broad technology practice assisting clients with a range of commercial transactions, licensing, e-commerce and IP. Sources describe her as "very smart, very sensible; a pleasure to work with." Sharron recently joined the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Significant clients Altera, Envia Systems, Intel, Residential Capital, Symphogen A/S.

Labor & Employment - California

What the team is known for Regularly handles high-stakes litigation and cutting-edge matters, including within the trade secrets, wrongful termination and whistle-blower spheres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The attorneys I have worked with have been incredible - from knowledge, compatibility and responsiveness to results. An absolute pleasure to work with." 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Ralphs Grocery Company in achieving two significant victories at appellate level in relation to its attempts to prevent union groups and solicitors from taking part in demonstration activities on its private property. 

Continued to provide general counsel and litigation defense to Robert Half International at state, federal and government agency level.

Notable practitioners  

Karen Kubin handles a broad spectrum of labor and employment issues, most notably class and complex actions. She is hailed by sources as an "excellent litigator," garnering particular praise for "being knowledgeable, experienced and always having an opinion as opposed to doing cookie-cutter law." 

Significant clients Cypress Semiconductor, Korn Ferry International, Panda Restaurant Group, Staples, VMware.

Life Sciences - California

What the team is known for A broad-based life sciences practice, providing patent prosecution, litigation and transactional expertise as well as corporate services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A team of strong patent lawyers with a very well-respected practice."

"A top life sciences team offering the full package of services." 

Work highlights Achieved a significant appellate victory on behalf of Sandoz regarding its generic version of the patented pharmaceutical Copaxone, designed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The Federal Circuit invalidated the only patent asserted by Teva in this matter.

Provided patent counseling and prosecution services to Gilead in relation to its groundbreaking HIV treatments and also providing services related to key patents in their antibody portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

The "tremendous" Kate Murashige is hugely experienced and hailed by sources as "one of the leaders in the nation in terms of patent work in the life sciences."

Gladys Monroy is a major figure in the market and a particularly talented patent practitioner. She works extensively on portfolio management and patent prosecution for Gilead.

John Campbell handles corporate and transactional matters. He recently represented Aradigm in a $116 million collaboration agreement with Grifols to fund the clinical development of Aradigm's inhaled ciprofloxacin formulation.

Stephen Thau is an experienced transactional attorney, who works with emerging and established companies across the biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

Catherine Polizzi is an active patent prosecutor, who specializes in strategic portfolio development and management. She works closely with Genentech.

Significant clients Ajinomoto, Astellas Pharma, CNS Therapeutics, Edison Pharmaceuticals. 

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Market-leading strength in both securities and commercial litigation, with five California offices drawing on the firm's global reach to serve clients. Able to handle cases of significant stature, particularly in patent and product liability of late, with expertise in high-stakes securities disputes from shareholder derivative and class actions to internal investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've been terrific. The quality of their lawyers is very high. They have a very good understanding of our company, anticipate issues that may be of concern and bring them to our attention."

"They are cost-effective because they are so knowledgeable and they work very quickly."

Work highlights Defended roof tile manufacturer Monier in a class action lawsuit alleging the company had made false and misleading statements about the characteristics of its roof tile product.

Acted for Yahoo! and its officers in securities fraud class action litigation which arose from its stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group.

Represented McKesson in litigation relating to prescription drug pricing benchmarks.

Notable practitioners  

Jordan Eth offers deep experience and expertise in securities class actions, SEC investigations and shareholder derivative actions. One source praised him as "a preeminent subject matter expert and the first guy I would call - he is super-responsive."

Litigation department cochair Arturo González has experience in defending high-stakes litigation on behalf of corporate clients.

Significant clients Alaska Airlines, Toshiba, Yahoo!, Zynga, Capital One.

Real Estate - California

What the team is known for Strong in real estate finance matters representing notable financial institutions, with a particular emphasis on workouts and restructuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It has been a beautiful partnership. It is great collaboration. I never felt this was a top-down deal - they were here to help us and asked what we needed."

Work highlights Advised First Solar on land use, real estate and environmental issues relating to the development of solar generation facilities in relation to NEPA and CEQA compliance.

Notable practitioners  

The "very capable" Thomas Fileti "knows how to get a deal done," according to market sources. He leads the firm's real estate practice group in Los Angeles.

The "excellent" Marc Young is experienced in a broad range of transactional real estate matters, and is particularly well versed with regard to working with lenders and borrowers. He is chair of the global real estate group at the firm.

Kim Seneker is a seasoned real estate attorney with vast experience in an array of areas, ranging from development projects to leasing.

Significant clients AvalonBay Communities, BlackRock, EDF Renewable Energy, Union Pacific Railroad. 

Tax - California

What the team is known for Well known for its strength in state and local tax matters, with a large and dedicated department. Also offers expertise in federal tax issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely responsive, they always respond the same day; never more than 24 hours."

"They are very capable, with breadth and depth." 

Work highlights Acted for SoftBank in its purchase of a 78% stake in Sprint Nextel, a deal worth $21.6 billion.

Represented The Home Depot in a tax court matter against the Arizona Department of Revenue, worth in excess of $8 million.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Coffill is a "great technician" whom sources praise for his work in the state and local tax area. Of late he has acted for Powerex in a case against the Oregon Department of Revenue concerning the taxability of electricity.

Significant clients 3M, Bayer, American Express, Intel, Time Warner.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Strong capability in transactional antitrust matters as well as a significant strength in cartel investigations. Noted for its strong focus upon the technology sector, alongside work for a broad range of other clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're coming up in the world." 

Work highlights Acting for Pinnacle Entertainment in relation to the FTC's investigation into its $2.8 billion acquisition of Ameristar Casinos.

Represented SoftBank in antitrust aspects of its $21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint Nextel.

Notable practitioners  

Roxann Henry is rated as a "real force" in antitrust, with sources highlighting her "highly honed judgment and skill." She is known as a strong player in cartel work, but also advises on matters concerning transactions, including acting for Arbitron in its acquisition by Nielsen Holdings for $1.3 billion.

Stephen Smith frequently advises on merger clearance work before the federal agencies, including recent work for Pinnacle Entertainment in its $2.8 billion purchase of Ameristar Casinos.

Sources describe David Meyer as a "really terrific antitrust lawyer and litigator" who is "particularly good at evaluating complex problems that have different legal aspects." He was the lead lawyer for SoftBank in its $21.6 billion acquisition of communication provider Sprint Nextel.

Significant clients Amadeus IT Group, Elpida Memory, Intel, SoftBank, Sourcefire.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Well-regarded corporate team with particular expertise in the REIT and life sciences arenas. Handles securities offerings and M&A transactions for a number of well-known clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Exceptional advice and service. Strong, well versed and up to date." 

"A strong firm."  

Work highlights Acted for Equity Residential on the $16 billion acquisition of approximately 60% of the Archstone property portfolio from the Lehman Brothers estate.

Advised Pinnacle Entertainment on the $2.8 billion acquisition of Ameristar Casinos.

Notable practitioners  

David Slotkin is head of the department and a key contact.

Significant clients Citi, JPMorgan, CNS Therapeutics, Baxano, Pinnacle Entertainment.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Has expertise in complex electronics patent litigation. The DC group has a dedicated ITC team and its litigation muscle is complemented by a specialist appellate group.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are seen by top companies as a good destination for cases."

Work highlights Acted for Hitachi Metals before the ITC in an investigation regarding the enforcement of rare earth magnet patents.

Reversed an adverse district court ruling at federal level on behalf of Toshiba in the matter of Toshiba v Imation et al, concerning recordable DVD media technology.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Busey is a key contact.

Significant clients APEX Medical, Freescale Semiconductor, Huawei Technologies, Lazare Kaplan International, Fujitsu.

Technology - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Works on large-scale deals involving the implementation of cutting-edge technologies. A busy and active outsourcing practice, adept at finding legal solutions to keep pace in a rapidly changing environment. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality of their work is exceptional."

"They are very good at spotting issues to bring to my attention. I wouldn't use anyone else for outsourcing."

Work highlights Advised Visa in connection with its ten-year partnership with JPMorgan Chase to promote the use of electronic payment platforms.

Counseled Novartis through negotiations to outsource its facilities management systems.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Ford is highlighted for his knowledge of telecommunications and data networks. One impressed client remarked that "he has very good industry-specific knowledge and excellent negotiating skills," before going on to praise his "commanding presence." He is chair of the global sourcing group at Morrison & Foerster.

Significant clients Bank of America, SoftBank, TTX, Astellas Pharma, Sandoz.

Antitrust - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Budding antitrust group with good nationwide capabilities. Busy undertaking the full range of antitrust work, including litigation and mergers, and also has strength in cartel matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were very diligent with their research and were able to explain the complex issues in simple terms."

"They have an excellent team." 

Work highlights Represented Pinnacle Entertainment in gaining antitrust clearance of its $2.8 billion acquisition of Ameristar Casinos.

Acted for Elpida Memory on its sale to Micron Technology for $2.5 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Roxann Henry is a "highly effective lawyer with highly honed judgment and skill," according to commentators. She is noted for her proficiency in criminal antitrust matters, with one source saying: "If I had a cartel case, Roxann would be high on my list."

Significant clients Arbitron, Intel, SoftBank, DocMagic, JPMorgan Chase.

Appellate Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and San Francisco.

What the team is known for A growing appellate practice, with noted support from younger partners. Represents a loyal base of corporate clients in a range of matters, including bankruptcy cases and intellectual property appeals.

Work highlights Succeeded in completely reversing a $60 million jury award before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Neurovision Medical Products v NuVasive, a trademark case in the medical device sector.

Notable practitioners  

Former Assistant to the Solicitor General Deanne Maynard frequently argues patent and trademark appeals, and has appeared in a number of Supreme Court cases. Peers say she is "incredibly established, a great professional to have as opposing counsel, always polite and civilized but a zealous advocate for her clients. A great person and a great lawyer."

The up-and-coming Brian Matsui acts on a range of appeals, including intellectual property matters. Sources say he "is very low-key, provides really good client service, is a good writer and has good legal judgment."

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Comprehensive practice working with debtors, individual creditors, creditors' committees, agents for lender groups and trustees. Recent experience in dealing with cases in the hospitality, retail and airline industries enhances its healthy reputation in the real estate mortgage and insurance space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"In terms of both strategy and settlements they have done a great job making complex legal issues understandable to the layman."

"They are a no-nonsense, efficient group - when you work with them you work with the senior partners." 

Work highlights Represented the Official Creditors' Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Ambac Financial Group bankruptcy case. The case involved disputes with the debtor, a monoline financial guaranty insurer, the debtor's parent company and the IRS, among other stakeholders, and eventually reached a global settlement that increased the value of bonds held by creditors.

Acted for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Pinnacle Airlines. The group secured favorable DIP financing agreements for its clients and negotiated a plan of reorganization that converted claims into ownership stakes in the debtor after the restructuring.

Notable practitioners  

Brett Miller is praised for being "direct and very analytical - he is good at analyzing the issues and assessing the motivations of other parties." He works closely with clients across the spectrum of bankruptcy matters, representing the Chapter 11 Trustee in the MF Global Holding case and Wells Fargo Bank, the largest creditor in the Extended Stay bankruptcy case.

Gary Lee is the chair of the firm's restructuring group and receives praise for his "unbelievably good" negotiation skills and "unflappable" manner. He led the debtor representation in the major Chapter 11 filing of Residential Capital and works more widely on cross-border matters and cases of distressed debt acquisitions.

Significant clients Triad Guaranty, Eurohypo, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of PMI Group.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Good reputation for its work on IPOs, preferred stock, investment grade debt and hybrid offerings. Sectors of focus include consumer products, life sciences, and energy and cleantech.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very competent, very responsive, and we always feel as though we get very good service."

Work highlights Represented Barclays Capital and others as underwriters in Capital One, National Association's senior notes offerings of $250 million and $600 million.

Advised Sonoma County-based wine marketing and production company Truett-Hurst on its IPO.

Notable practitioners  

James Tanenbaum is described by clients as a "phenomenal resource" who "tailors his advice to our particular objectives." He represented the underwriters in Bank of America's $2 billion public senior notes offering.

Significant clients Equity Residential, Protalix BioTherapeutics, Capital One Financial, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, UDR.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

What the team is known for A go-to firm for transactions straddling derivatives and structured product work. Known as strong regulatory advisers, with established links to leading industry groups and regulatory bodies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are incredibly intuitive and offer trusted counsel. Their guidance extends well beyond legal advice and includes business counsel. They are consistently on the cutting edge of all issues, and bring a pragmatic and often creative approach to anything that may arise."

"Their client service really differentiates them." 

Work highlights Represents the Chapter 11 trustee of MF Global in relation to repo and swap transactions stemming from bankruptcy.

Represents the Royal Bank of Canada in its swap dealer registration and implications of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Notable practitioners 

David Kaufman and Anna Pinedo are key contacts.

Significant clients Natixis, Incapital, Deutsche Bank Securities, Rabobank, Macquarie Capital. 

Capital Markets - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Climate Change - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

What the team is known for Broad client list of technology platform companies, insurers, alternative energy suppliers and financiers. Provides clients with a range of climate change services, including significant litigation, and carbon trading and offset negotiations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have all of the tools, including the business side of it. They have deep expertise in all the relevant areas. They have all of the pieces for a comprehensive service."

Work highlights Advised Sierra Pacific Industries on greenhouse gas emission issues arising from its development of a new biomass cogeneration power plant.

Worked with Union Pacific on its program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emission.

Notable practitioners 

San Francisco-based William Sloan is a key contact.

Significant clients Apple, Nature Conservancy, Ceres, EDF Renewable Energy, First Solar.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Busy and effective M&A group with a forte in technology, life science and venture capital matters. Frequently called upon for cross-border transactions, particularly those with an Asian component.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"MoFo attorneys are practical, business-minded professionals. I would highly recommend them because they deliver excellent value."

"A global firm. They are good at getting us people in other countries if we need help. They are responsive and great colleagues. They don't overwork a matter, they are very efficient."

What's new? New clients include McKesson, Yahoo! and Caesars.

Work highlights Advised Japanese telecommunications and internet company SoftBank on its $21.6 billion acquisition of a 78% stake in Sprint.

Acted for Sourcefire, a cybersecurity company, on its $2.7 billion acquisition by Cisco.

Notable practitioners

Spencer Klein is cochair of the global M&A group and a key contact.

Significant clients Intel Capital/Intel Corporation, Gruppo Campari, Arbitron, DaVita, Walmart.

FCPA - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Maintains a superb reputation for regulatory matters pertaining to consumer finance, most impressively with respect to the credit card space, but with increasing presence in the mortgage arena. Offers highly respected compliance and litigation support via an impressively deep bench of talent, with attorneys routinely acting on matters at the forefront of developments from the CFPB. Also noted for its strength with respect to the wider banking compliance sphere, with the firm's global footprint making it a strong choice for foreign banks operating in the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's very helpful to have a firm like it that has our interests at heart as well as I do. They understand what the end game is for the business even before we do."

"Morrison & Foerster has excellent client service. They are always available for our concerns."

What's new? Donald Lampe, a respected consumer finance attorney with expertise in the mortgage sphere, has joined the firm from Dykema Gossett.

Work highlights Acted for TD Bank with respect to obtaining regulatory approval for its acquisition of the credit card portfolio of Target National Bank.

Advised H&R Block on the sale of its bank assets to Republic Bancorp.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Richard Fischer is universally lauded as a market leader in the consumer finance realm, advising banks and technology companies on the regulatory requirements surrounding payment systems, data security and consumer lending. "I don't think it's an exaggeration to say he's known as a legend in this field," remarks one peer.

Henry Fields is recognized for his handling of banking compliance and M&A matters. He recently advised Western Liberty Bancorp on its sale to Western Alliance Bancorporation.

DC-based Oliver Ireland advises banking and consumer finance clients on regulatory matters. He is particularly highly rated by market observers for his understanding of CFPB and Federal Reserve regulations. Recent matters include advising JPMorgan Chase, among other leading financial institutions, on the implementation of reforms required by Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Protection Act.

Barbara Mendelson is "very good at being proactive and telling us what we should know about," relates one impressed client. Mendelson has recently been active advising foreign banks on the preparation of 'living wills' under Section 165 of Dodd-Frank.

The "very user-friendly and attentive" Mark Ladner is a consumer finance litigator who has represented many of the leading retail banks and credit card lenders in consumer class actions concerning matters such as credit card fees and collateral protection insurance programs.

Donald Lampe offers a broad consumer finance practice with a particular focus on advising mortgage companies in connection with regulatory compliance strategies. Sources affirm that he is "one of the best" in this space.

San Francisco-based James McGuire enters the rankings for the first time after receiving strong feedback for his consumer finance litigation expertise, notably with respect to the defense of consumer class actions. Recent clients include US Bank and Capital One.

Thomas Noto handles regulatory and enforcement matters affecting mortgage lenders and servicers. He has recently represented a number of financial services clients with respect to Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and CFPB investigations regarding products offered by third-party vendors.

Consumer finance compliance attorney Leonard Chanin is "a careful and conscientious lawyer" and "truly an expert in his subject matter," say sources. His areas of expertise include the Truth in Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Michael Agoglia is a consumer finance litigator whose broad practice has included representing financial institutions in defense of challenges to a range of issues including alleged unfair business practices and privacy breaches.

Significant clients Capital One, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, TD Bank, Wells Fargo.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Acclaimed prowess in IP, particularly in patent litigation and prosecution from its prominent California base. Also sought after for representations before the ITC.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What we value very highly is not only their day-to-day case handling, but also their strategic advice and forward-planning of the matter as a whole."

"We are very happy with the service. They always give very correct suggestions to help us make an easy determination."

Work highlights Won an appeal for Novartis subsidiary Sandoz against Teva Pharmaceuticals concerning the latter's multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone.

Defended Huawei Technologies before the ITC in actions mounted by Flashpoint Technology with regard to three electronic imaging patents.

Notable practitioners  

Rachel Krevans and Michael Ward head the IP practice from the San Francisco office.

Significant clients Celgene, Gilead Sciences, Hitachi Metals, Kyocera, Verizon.

International Trade - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-regarded ITC practice with significant litigation capacity. Extremely popular with Asian technology companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Morrison & Foerster always give you correct suggestions, which makes for an easy determination. As a firm they have all resources to quickly put together any document response and were able to make these issues easier for us."

Work highlights Acted for Hitachi Metals in Section 337 proceedings concerning rare earth magnets.

Represented MAKO Surgical in relation to ITC and district court litigation involving computerized surgical devices.

Notable practitioners

Clients warmly recommend Brian Busey for his in-depth knowledge of ITC investigations, as well as his broad understanding of intellectual property law. Sources report that "he has good tactics and can execute strategy very well."

Significant clients Apex Medical, Fujitsu, Huawei, InvenSense, Meru Networks.

Life Sciences - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Diego, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for An impressive intellectual property litigation team, combined with a highly experienced patent prosecution group and a substantial corporate offering.

Work highlights Continues to provide a range of patent prosecution and counseling services to Genentech, recently performed IP due diligence of Afraxis prior to Genentech's investment in the company.

Handled the sixth round of venture funding for Edison Pharmaceuticals, raising over $20 million.

Notable practitioners  

Kate Murashige is a hugely influential figure in the life sciences sector, and works primarily on patent portfolio development with early-stage life sciences companies. Her peers describe her as "incredibly knowledgeable and strategic - she is one of the pioneers in the life sciences industry."

Significant clients Ajinomoto, Astellas Pharma, CNS Therapeutics, Edison Pharmaceuticals, Genentech.

Outsourcing - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A dedicated technology and outsourcing practice with deep experience in structuring complex transactions. Acts for a range of companies, from Silicon Valley startups to market-leading industry players.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality of their work is exceptional."

"They have a big footprint and a number of notable practitioners."

Work highlights Acted for Bank of America on negotiating an $850 million agreement with Total System Services for the outsourcing of process services relating to consumer and commercial credit card portfolios.  

Acted for Residential Capital on a variety of outsourcing transactions arising from its bankruptcy, including the negotiation of shared services agreements with Ocwen Loan Servicing and an ITO agreement with Secure-24.

Notable practitioners  

John Delaney advises a range of clients, from technology startups to Fortune 500 companies, on complex technology and outsourcing transactions. He is respected by market sources and is cochair of the technology transactions practice group at the firm.

Christopher Ford represented Visa in negotiating a novel payment platform agreement with JPMorgan Chase. Clients appreciate his "extensive knowledge of the IT industry" and his negotiation skills, which are said to be "second to none."

Vivian Hanson is co-head of the sourcing group and specializes in advising clients on large-scale, cross-border transactions. She has particular experience in assisting Japanese clients, and is praised by interviewees for her "tremendous recall" and for being "very knowledgeable and responsive."

Significant clients Novartis, SoftBank, JPMorgan Chase, Visa.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Comprehensive practice covering investigations by the FTC and state attorneys general, healthcare compliance, complex security breaches and class action litigation. Specialty in helping companies comply with new cybersecurity standards and in the protection of data from online theft. Significant capabilities in cross-border work thanks to broad international network.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"MoFo is a top-quality firm with a good reputation particularly in consumer class action and privacy work."

"They have individuals who are thought leaders and they offer good client service."

Work highlights Defended various major retailers, including Kmart, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, in 30 putative class actions brought in California and Massachusetts arising from the capture of personal information from credit card transactions.

Represented MySpace in an FTC investigation related to an alleged violation of US federal information privacy law.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Fischer specializes in counseling major entities at the confluence of privacy and financial services, with a particular emphasis on payment system issues. Peers respect him for his place "at the forefront" of developments in privacy law and describe him as a "top-drawer" practitioner.

Clients appreciate the "amazing" Reed Freeman for his "breathtaking knowledge" of offline and online privacy issues. He has a particular specialty in breach notification as well as in matters related to advertising and direct marketing. He has recently counseled a leading global news and entertainment organization on developing novel solutions related to behavioral advertising.

The "awesome" Miriam Wugmeister is the chair of the global privacy and data security practice and maintains an active practice advising clients on the collection, use and disposal of personal information. Clients applaud her pragmatic approach and report that "she is tremendous at helping you come up with practical solutions to real problems."

Andrew Serwin is a go-to on healthcare issues and also regularly advises on enforcement matters before the FTC. "He is very savvy when dealing with regulatory bodies" and attracts praise from sources for being "very good on international issues."

Andrew Smith focuses on advising leading financial institutions, such as banks, insurance companies and credit unions, on privacy issues. He is praised by peers for his work on FTC and state attorneys general investigations.

Significant clients Citibank, Wyndham Worldwide, Prime Healthcare, Restoration Hardware.

Products Liability - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, San Diego and New York.

What the team is known for Singled out for its increasing profile in the food and drink sector, representing several blue-chip clients. Also experienced in handling a range of other product liability disputes, including those involving toxic tort and environment-related issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're deeply entrenched and well versed in our product liability litigation."

"Great attention to detail - they look into every problem." 

Work highlights Acted for Monier in a class action involving the coloring of its slurry-coated roof tiles.

Represented a coalition of domestic and international producers of coffee beans and grounds in cases brought regarding the use of acrylamide in coffee products.

Notable practitioners

San Diego-based Erin Bosman heads the product liability group and is a key contact for clients.

Significant clients Honeywell, KFC, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Cytec Industries. 

Projects - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Renewable energy and clean technology project finance group. Acts for clients such as investors and developers on the development, construction, financing and acquisition of projects.

What's new? Jeffrey Chester joined the firm from Kaye Scholer in October 2013.

Work highlights Acted for EDF Renewable Energy on the acquisition of the equity interest in the first phase of the Hereford wind project in Texas.

Advised Mitsui on its investment in a portfolio of Canadian renewable energy projects.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Chester is a well-regarded renewable energy project finance attorney. He is particularly recognized for his work representing wind power project developers. Sources affirm: "He is very accessible and very easy to work with. He has a broad depth of experience and he is well connected in the industry."

Significant clients Brightpath Capital Partners, Recurrent Energy, First Solar, IFC.

REITs - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Securities - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Noted for its strength in securities litigation matters. Respected representation of public companies, audit firms, officers and directors in securities class actions, derivative suits and M&A litigation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
They're excellent overall. When it comes to securities cases, in California in particular, I would highly recommend them to anybody."

What's new Advisory expert Martin Dunn has joined the team from O'Melveny & Myers.

Work highlights Defended Yahoo! and certain executives in a securities fraud class action related to its stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group. The firm successfully obtained a motion to dismiss.

Acted for SoftBank in defense of seven lawsuits seeking to deter its acquisition of a controlling stake in Sprint Nextel. Eventually the lead plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims and the transaction went ahead unhindered.

Notable practitioners  

Cochair of the corporate group David Lynn is well regarded as a "a very smart guy and a real leader" of Morrison & Foerster's regulatory practice. He is a go-to practitioner for compliance, having been the chief counsel of the division of corporate finance.

SEC alumnus Martin Dunn maintains his position as one of the most respected lawyers in securities compliance counseling. Clients call him "a terrific securities lawyer with deep experience."

Jordan Eth cochairs the securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar defense group. Eth has broad experience across the gamut of securities disputes, and is often engaged for high-stakes and complex matters. Clients report him to be "very efficient and very practical. He's also one of the four or five lead lawyers who's ever tried a securities class action and won."

Significant clients Capital One, Ernst & Young, First Bank, Oracle, SunPower.

Tax - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco

What the team is known for Handles the whole spectrum of federal and SALT tax controversy matters. Demonstrates particular strength in proceedings involving transfer pricing, tax credits and tax accounting. 

Work highlights Assisted Lorillard Licensing Company with a dispute concerning New Jersey's use of dual nexus standards for the application of throwout.

Represented Meredith Corporation in a tax dispute before the New York State Appellate Division.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Frankel handles federal controversies, and is valued by clients for his ability to "take complex litigation and lay it out very simply." 

Edward Froelich regularly offers advice and representation to companies and individuals facing tax controversies. He is renowned for his extensive experience in litigation.

Significant clients AE Outfitters Retail, Whirlpool Properties, DuPont, EchoStar Satellite Corporation.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Diego.

What the team is known for Manages litigation involving product liability and FAA enforcement actions arising from crashes on behalf of aviation clients such as manufacturers and carriers. Particularly involved in disputes surrounding military helicopters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The aviation group is very skilled and experienced."  

"I see them as being extremely strong and competent in analytical writing and advocacy skills."

Work highlights Defended Alaska Airlines against various claims brought by first-class passengers who were removed from a flight and detained in Reno.

Retained by Cessna as national coordinating and trial counsel in a number of personal injury and wrongful death allegations arising from accidents involving its aircraft.

Notable practitioners  

"Class act" Don Rushing represents clients in a range of issues involving aviation product liability claims. He is hailed as a "seasoned aviation litigator" with a "personal understanding of how aviation works." 

William O'Connor is valued for being "knowledgeable about his clients' products as well as the law." He focuses on various areas surrounding aviation disputes, including representing air carriers in treaty cases. He is praised as a "very clear communicator" and "a subject matter expert."

Significant clients AirTran Airways, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, Amlin Aviation, Columbia Helicopters, Honeywell International.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

What the team is known for Handles work for debtors and creditors in major Chapter 11 cases. The group's expertise in working with real estate and mortgage insurance companies has also provided extensive work in major bankruptcy cases. Client base includes official creditors' committees, mezzanine debt holders and REITs. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their knowledge and ability to maneuver within the system are very strong and they are able to come up with creative solutions to major problems."

"I have tremendous respect for them - they are very skilled lawyers."

Work highlights Represented Residential Capital in its Chapter 11 proceedings, advising on DIP financing, settlements and Section 363 sales.

Appointed Chapter 11 trustee for MF Global Holdings, assisting with maximizing returns to creditors, implementing a plan of liquidation confirmed and raising a claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the company's management.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Lee is head of the department and is described by sources as "very quick on his feet." He is also admired by interviewees for having "a good head in tough situations." He has advised significant clients on rehabilitation proceedings, reorganization plan confirmations and extensive creditor recoveries.  

Interviewees admire Brett Miller for his ability "to bring people together for a consensual resolution," and for being "very creative and very responsive." He works with a diverse range of clients on all aspects of bankruptcy cases.

Anthony Princi is commended by sources as a "brilliant lawyer" and "a great deal-maker." He has substantial experience in advising clients within the debt capital markets, and assisting with bankruptcy matters that require expertise in securities and commercial litigation.

Lorenzo Marinuzzi has a practice that spans a wide array of bankruptcy clients, including debtors, creditors and committees. Interviews comment that he has "a great personality and is very competent," as well as being "very smart and very patient."  

Significant clients Triad Guaranty, official committee of unsecured creditors of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Amalgamated Bank, Eurohypo.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for National firm with a strong New York offering. Popular with clients for domestic and cross-border M&A deals, as well as financial adviser representation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Our market is always changing and Morrison & Foerster has proven adept at working with us. They have strong capabilities in direct investment and M&A. I have found them to be quite nimble."

"I don't think there is anything that they could have done better, more smoothly or more responsively. Without any question, I would use them again."

What's new? Mark Wojciechowski joins from Allen & Overy.

Work highlights Acted for Equity Residential on its joint agreement with AvalonBay Communities to acquire a $16 billion property portfolio from Lehman Brothers' estate. 

Acted for BMO Nesbitt Burns as financial adviser to CNOOC on the company's $15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Wojciechowski advises commercial and investment banks, investors, and private and public companies on M&A, finance and investments.

Significant clients Astellas Pharma, Morguard, UBS Global Asset Management, DaVita, Alaska State Permanent Fund.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Well regarded in the New York market for its capacity to handle complex commercial litigation. Deep bench of attorneys experienced across a broad range of disputes including securities class actions, white-collar crime, product liability and IP matters. Also noted for its cross-border capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"There was a great combination of expertise and diligence. They were helpful on a technical, legal basis and also in their great warmth and understanding."

"Their resources were remarkable; lawyers were remarkably thorough, detail-oriented and really very good."

Work highlights Represented Universal Music Group in a patent infringement and breach of contract action brought by Philips.

Acted on behalf of LexisNexis in numerous nationwide putative class actions in connection with alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Notable practitioners  

Dennis Orr has extensive experience in handling complex commercial disputes. He is particularly praised for his courtroom abilities, with one source noting: "He is one of the best trial lawyers I have ever seen, quick on his feet and able to simplify complex matters for the jury. He has incredibly smooth presentation skills."

Seasoned practitioner Jack Auspitz is widely recognized for his civil litigation experience with particular expertise in complex securities class actions. Sources highlight his abilities as a "skilled negotiator."

Carl Loewenson heads the firm's white-collar department. His recent highlights include representing high-level Barclays officials in Libor investigations. Observers state that he is "a superb lawyer who is very effective with clients."

"Very strategic and thoughtful," Lawrence Gerschwer is adept at handling a wide range of criminal and civil disputes. He receives praise for his judgment and common-sense approach. Sources note that "he thinks through issues methodically and practically and juries like and trust him."

Significant clients AIG, Ernst & Young, Residential Capital, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Novartis/Sandoz.

Real Estate - New York

What the team is known for Offers expertise on distressed real estate transactions and new financing deals. Held in healthy regard for its expertise in handling portfolio acquisitions and sales. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very creative and it is easy for us to document deals with them because the first drafts are so good. They are very user-friendly and we trust them."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Edelstein "knows what is going on in the market," and "is very well connected and creative," clients say. He chairs the firm's real estate finance and distressed real estate groups.

Tax - New York

What the team is known for Handles the full variety of federal, state and local tax matters. Demonstrates particular expertise in the structuring of financial products, as well as joint ventures and M&A transactions in relation to taxation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They bring a superior degree of flexibility and efficiency." 

"They offer very strong service across the board." 

Work highlights Represented Residential Capital in tax matters relating to its high-value Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Represented Royal Bank of Canada/RBC Capital Markets in the US tax aspects of a high-value matter concerning its structured notes offerings.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Humphreys is cochair of the firm's tax department and a recognized authority on financial products, joint ventures and partnerships. "He is quite capable and very pleasant to work with," states a market source.

Paul Frankel is a specialist in state and local tax (SALT) controversies. "He takes complex litigation and lays it out very simply," states a client: "He adds gravity to a situation just by being himself."

Craig Fields is cochair of the firm's tax group and an authority on SALT planning and controversies. "He is a very effective manager of litigation matters and attracts some important SALT cases," states a market source.

Significant clients Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Rabobank.

Technology - New York

What the team is known for A large team with significant expertise across the entire spectrum of technology and outsourcing work. Able to draw upon the firm's strong international network of technology lawyers in key jurisdictions around the globe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were extremely talented. Their responses were spot-on and they were great problem solvers."

"MoFo has a lot of lawyers operating in this space so it has a strong combined practice."

Work highlights Acted for Intel on the $375 million acquisition of 1,700 wireless communications patents from InterDigital.

Represented Warner Music Group in negotiations with Google concerning a new music subscription service allowing access to millions of recordings.

Notable practitioners

Peers recognize John Delaney as "a strong presence in technology and outsourcing." He took the lead in representing Warner Music Group in negotiations with Google concerning its new 'all access' subscription service.  

Vivian Hanson is particularly well known for her work on big-ticket outsourcing deals, and for her experience in the Japanese market. She draws praise from clients, who say she is "excellent, very knowledgeable and very responsive."

Rufus Pichler has expertise in complex licensing transactions such as representing Threshold Pharmaceuticals in its agreement with Merck for the global licensing of a drug to fight melanoma. One impressed client affirms that he is "a uniquely technically sound and diligent lawyer."  

Significant clients NCR, Aetna, Amplify Education, Threshold Pharmaceuticals.

Corporate/M&A - Northern Virginia

What the team is known for Receives widespread acclaim for its strength in transactional work, representing a broad spectrum of clients across industries such as media, government contracting and defense. Impressive reputation for its expertise in private equity and for its strategic, commercial handling of complex work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're extremely solid, dependable, thoughtful and business-savvy. They're able to anticipate issues and they have a good sense of what's 'market'."

"We've been very happy. Their approach is very good for managing tasks in an efficient and cost-effective way."

Work highlights Represented network security company Sourcefire in its $2.7 billion sale to Cisco Systems, the largest cybersecurity firm purchase since Intel's 2010 acquisition of McAfee.

Acted in the $300 million equity investment in Galeos Group by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, representing Galeos Group.

Notable practitioners  

East Coast and Europe corporate practice cochair Thomas Knox focuses on representing clients in the technology and life sciences spaces, and enjoys a sterling reputation for his expertise in financings and acquisitions. Sources note that "he anticipates issues, has ideas on how to take them on and executes very well. He has good ideas about risks, keeps things practical and gets things done."

Lawrence Yanowitch cochairs the firm's global M&A practice group, and receives significant praise for his strengths in private equity work and for his enviable commercial skills. "He's phenomenal. Very sound business judgment - there are very few lawyers I'd want to put in front of a board, but he's very good at communicating in business terms," reports one impressed interviewee.

Gregory Giammittorio receives significant acclaim for his deft and confident handling of complex acquisitions, with an impressive reputation for his detail-focused approach. One source notes: "He does a really great job of managing deals efficiently," while another adds: "We had confidence nothing would be overlooked. He made sure we understood the complexities and what the practical consequences were."

Charles Katz is highly experienced in representing clients across industries such as media and technology, with impressive expertise in private equity matters, acquisitions and financings. Sources call him "absolutely excellent at negotiations - very knowledgeable and supremely capable."

Significant clients Arbitron, Lafarge, Equity Residential, KEYW Corporation, LogiAnalytics.