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Morrison & Foerster LLP - New York
  • 425 Market Street
  • San Francisco
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94105-2482
  • 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
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  • 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
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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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.