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Morrison & Foerster LLP (also known as MoFo) is an international law firm with 17 offices located throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. The firm has over 1,000 lawyers who advise clients across a range of industries and practices, including intellectual property, patent litigation, corporate/M&A, business restructuring, and securities.

Kathryn Rubino reports to Above the Law that yet another law firm is involved in a sexual harassment scandal, "Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax finds himself in the eye of a scandal, as two women have now accused the Biglaw attorney (Morrison & Foerster) turned politician of sexual assault. The allegations of Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson have sparked turmoil in the state — supercharged by the blackface scandals surrounding two other Virginia politicians, Governor Ralph Northam and State Attorney General Mark Herring — with articles of impeachment against Fairfax already being discussed. But it isn’t just Fairfax’s political job that is on the line. Fairfax is a partner at the Biglaw firm of Morrison & Foerster. The firm’s Chair, Larren Nashelsky, told Law.com that the firm has launched an investigation (conducted by outside counsel, though which firm has been engaged has not yet be revealed) into the allegations."

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Paralegal - CPA GLOBAL (Former Employee) says

"I really can't fairly comment or rate MOFO as I was an employee of CPA Global and not MOFO. Having said that, in all honesty, MOFO's intermediary was very talented at docketing, but not a great communicator. It was not a great experience. Cons: According to MOFO the CPA team of docketers could never get it right, so not fun to work under those circumstances"

IP Support Staff (Former Employee) says

"Not a good place to work. They still try to work under their past reputation, but that reputation does not hold up today. They need to hire qualified managers. They have managers that fall short. They are no longer the top in the legal world. Cons: New Patent Agent treats others in an inferior manner"

Attorney Recruiting Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Generally had a good experience. Worked as a temp worker, management needs some work, but overall not bad for a law firm.................................."

Legal staff (Former Employee) says

"Administration is horribly inept and is out of touch with the rest of staff concerns. They just seem to prioritize “brown-nosing” managing partners. They also seem to attract bullies."

Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Did not like the people there. They had an odd was of doing business. The senior partner I worked for was a micro-manager; not just to me but for all employees who worked under her. Nobody could make a single step forward unless they had a meeting with her and discussed their strategy. She was very difficult to work for and expected me to be able to read her mind."

Paralegal (Former Employee) says

"Dysfunctional, demoralizing work place for a variety of reasons. Narcissistic personality disorder & BPD widespread. Very high turnover at all levels. This firm is not at all like their marketing materials. Avoid working here, even as a last resort."

Legal Secretary (Former Employee) says

"Morrison & Foerster is one of the largest and well-respected corporate legal firm in the world. I very much enjoyed being part of an amazing group of intelligent women and men at all levels. A typical day would consist of a lot of work. We are a very client-oriented firm and although there was always much laughing in the hallways, work was the priority. Cons: long hours, stressful projects"

Secretary (Current Employee) says

"I would not recommend; Unreasonable expectations; no staff appreciation; management has no previous law firm experience and have no idea what they are doing"

Patent Paralegal (Former Employee) says

"Poor management and vision. Constant turnover and instability. Bad culture and leadership. Laid back environment. staff feel isolated and no collaboration. Heavy workloads for low pay."

Secretary (Current Employee) says

"Very stressful work environment. If you like to work long hours with unreasonable demands daily placed on you, then this is the place to work. The culture here is to care about the staffs well being, and work life balance on surface. However the work life balance is non-existent. Working here would be similar to working in a factory. Expected to produce, produce, produce no matter the cost to ones health or well being. I would not recommend a friend to work here only a enemy since both create turmoil . Cons: Overwhelmed, work overload"

Patent Prosecution (Former Employee) says

"The work environment is very stressful and the staff is not treated like part of a team. The communication between the attorneys and staff is poor. It is difficult to have a good work-life balance. They do have good benefits Cons: poor team environment"

Staff (Current Employee) says

"Different day, different target, while still being held accountable for completion on previous targets you were told not to complete and shift direction away from. No interest in evolving or moving forward, learning, growing, or securing when it comes to action, but certainly on board with the words stating these as interests. Cons: Everything else"

Project Portfolio Committee Facilitator (Current Employee) says

"Every penny to develop staff is taken away in order to give more to Revenue generators. Long term staff bonuses, incentives and retirement benefits have been eliminated in the last 5 years. There is zero to a 1% growth opportunity. Cons: low incentives"

Word Processor/Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"The site that I worked at was okay overall, but the Williams Lea manager was in charge of too many departments which made it difficult to manage effectively."

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR (Former Employee) says

"I worked for MoFo on a contract basis so I don't know the character of the firm only that it is a top rated law firm, they require at times a lot of overtime and hard work. The attorneys I worked for were very cooperative and helpful in working with you on special projects"

IT Analyst (Former Employee) says

"It is a very intense workplace with constant deadlines on all positions."

Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) says

"Perform an array of functions that may include receiving and processing incoming stock and materials, picking and filling orders from stock, packing and shipping orders, or managing, organizing and retrieving stock in the warehouse. Cons: long hours"

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Essence of job drastically changed due to outsourcing and administrative cutbacks. Job satisfaction depenend on practice group Cons: subject to severe benefit cuts and workload excess"

employee (Former Employee) says

"Big international law firm. Culture and environment fit accordingly -- very long hours and intense environment, but pay is pretty good. Worth doing for a few years."

Patent Assistant (Current Employee) says

"will be drafting and filing patent documents with the USPTO. Will be docketing filings, maintaining several attorney dockets for the US and abroad. Handling patent formalities ( filing information disclosure statements). Corresponding with clients and foreign associates. Preparing sequence listings. Performing other administrative tasks as needed. Corresponding with clients, managing a docket, and completing United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) forms needed."

Current Employee - Recruiter says

"I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 5 years Cons: This is the worst place I have ever worked. Honestly, the partners are a nightmare and the firm "leadership" sucks. They peddle their Cali roots as if they are a progressive firm, when in reality they are a nightmare only paying lip service to progressive causes. The partnership is made up of a bunch of sexist, horrible, rude little men who apparently hate themselves and everyone who works for them. Zero stars."

Current Employee - Secretary says

"I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Management with no previous law firm experience"

Current Employee - Business Development Manager says

"I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than a year Cons: Absolutely no support for business development staff. The way it works here is upper business development "support" will delegate absolutely everything to managers , coordinators or specialists. No sense of collaboration within the teams. Management will not support you when faced with difficult partners."

Former Employee - Marketing Department says

"I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than a year Cons: Staff treated terribly! Firm leadership only cares about partners and they make sure you never forget. Unrealistic expectations of staff- taking a 30 min lunch break is looked down upon. There is zero work life balance. Some of the staff is friendly, but others have the mentality of "dog eat dog world" - not a very healthy environment. Toxic work environment in certain practices. No firm culture or values."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than a year Cons: Poorly managed. Every single Manager has an issue of some sort, for the exception of some beautiful souls. Staff are not treated well. You are being watched constantly. There is no trust between lower level and higher level employees. There is no HR department. Rigid. You are micromanaged to the point of exhaustion. There is no room for growth professionally. Partners and Managers don't have much emotional intelligence and it shows, but sadly they don't care. If you are thinking of being a Summer Associate here, try everywhere else first."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time Cons: - horrible leadership - 'good ole boys club' among male partners - partners are not 'top of their field'"

Former Employee - Marketing says

"I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than a year Cons: No organization, career development plans or training."

Current Employee - Litigation Legal Assistant says

"I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 8 years Cons: Incompetent management who seem to be only interested in maintaining/improving their positions within the firm at all costs, even to the point of engaging in illegal labor practices. Unbelievable arrogance among partners. Where is their "off" switch? They seem inhuman. Overwhelmingly low morale. Many of the staff that management "protects" would be unemployable elsewhere."

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"I have been working at Morrison & Foerster Cons: Staff is overworked and under paid. Staff are leaving for better pay and better working conditions. Management asks how to make changes, but cannot make any. It is no longer a friendly place to be for staff, only for the attorney's."

Former Employee - Paralegal says

"I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than a year Cons: Does not function like a top tier law firm due to the unpredictable, condescending management. Morose environment. Little to no collegiality, nobody speaks freely, unlike anything I have ever seen before in a law firm. Intelligent people reduced to working in an environment that operates more like a petty suburban small business (from the very top down.) Very unlike the image MoFo tries to project. The reviews on here that detail the firm's constant cost-cutting, reducing headcount, low pay, are very accurate. Health benefits are also being cut to HMO only. Patent software was so badly antiquated and inadequate it was laughable. You will not gain skills or knowledge here, you will lose whatever skills you came with if you stay too long. Management style is based on fear, narcissistic disorder. At least 5 people in the relatively small department left within one year, attorneys, patent agents, paralegals etc. Talented people don't need to stay in a dysfunctional environment. The long term people seem to be those who believe they can't find anything else or think dysfunction is normal."

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