MoForever Alumni News - Winter 2019

MoForever Winter 2019 | 2 The year 2018 was another strong one for MoFo, marked by successes for our clients across the globe. Once again, we worked on high-profile matters of global importance throughout 2018. Highlights include advising on the largest single fundraiser by any company in the world, working on the biggest ever private secondary transaction in the technology space, advising on an industry-changing merger in the telecommunications industry, and winning several high-profile patent infringement battles. The ability to take on complex matters can be seen in our attorneys beyond their tenure at MoFo and is reflected in this issue’s Alumna Spotlight. Jana Gold, Associate General Counsel for Jazz Pharmaceuticals and former IP and commercial litigator from MoFo’s Palo Alto office, shares how her varied litigation experience early in her career at MoFo prepared her to manage risk and IP for a global pharmaceutical corporation in ways that allow innovation in a heavily regulated industry. Our commitment to pro bono service remains as strong as ever. Recognizing our outstanding tradition of pro bono work, the National Law Journal added MoFo to its Pro Bono Hot List, a list of firms that have “taken on some of the biggest issues of our time.” Our efforts included working with a coalition of 34 law firms to reunite families separated after crossing the U.S. border and to ensure representation for asylum seekers. Alumni often maintain a strong commitment to pro bono work after leaving the firm. In our Pro Bono Update, you’ll meet alumni Leecia Welch and Seth Galanter of the National Center for Youth Law. United by their shared time at MoFo, they now work to transform services for children in need through litigation and legislation. The Morrison & Foerster Foundation and our MoFo pro bono attorneys are proud to be part of Leecia’s and Seth’s efforts. Thank you, Jana, Leecia, and Seth, for sharing your stories with us. We continue to grow and strengthen the firm’s partnership. In our Firm Update, you can learn more about the 15 new lateral partners we welcomed this year to seven offices across the firm, building out key practice areas, such as Global Antitrust Law, Investigations & White- Collar Defense, and National Security. We also remember Chuck Patterson of our Los Angeles office, who passed away in July. If you missed the pleasure of working with Chuck, the In Memoriam section highlights his special contributions to the legal profession and to the world of poetry. We saw great success in our diversity initiatives and in supporting the growth and development of our talented women lawyers. We were delighted to recently elect 12 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, half of whom are women. MoFo is one of the few firms to receive the Mansfield Certification Plus rating from Diversity Lab, awarded to firms achieving 30% women and minority lawyer representation in notable leadership roles and committees. Other notable recognition in 2018 included Yale Law Women naming us as one of its Top 10 Female Friendly Firms and Working Mother including us in its list of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women for the fifth straight year. MoFo is committed to creating an environment that promotes and celebrates diversity and inclusion, as demonstrated by our 20-year tradition of hosting a biennial professional development workshop for our U.S.-based lawyers of color and LGBTQ+ lawyers. Read about this year’s summit in our Diversity Update. I hope you enjoy this issue of MoForever and feel as proud as I do of everything the MoFo community stands for and accomplishes. As we look confidently to 2019 and beyond, we send our thanks and appreciation to every alumni for your continued relationship with your MoFo family. LARREN M. NASHELSKY CHA I RMAN ' S L E T T ER WELCOME TO THE 2019 WINTER ISSUE OF MOFOREVER AND THE START OF THE NEW YEAR—A TIME TO REFLECT AS WELL AS LOOK FORWARD.