Morrison & Foerster Alumni News - Winter 2020

MoForever Winter 2020 | 2 It also offers a chance for us to celebrate the impact we’ve made in the previous year. 2019 was an exceptional year for MoFo as we continued to deliver world-class legal services to our clients around the globe. Our lawyers were involved in some of the most important global matters and transactions in recent history. Highlights include advising Salesforce on the IP and privacy aspects of its $15.7 billion acquisition of data analytics platform Tableau; winning all three Ninth Circuit appeals for UPS in cases related to UPS’s branded Next Day and 2nd Day Air package delivery services; and securing a strong settlement for Nikon in a significant worldwide patent litigation matter. We also continued our commitment to pro bono causes. In 2019, MoFo was named once again to the National Law Journal ’s 2019 Pro Bono Hot List for dedicating 78,000+ hours of time to pro bono. The impact of our firm’s dedication to pro bono can be seen firsthand in this issue’s Pro Bono Interview with alumna Maya Ingram, legislative attorney for the ACLU of California. Maya explains how she was drawn to MoFo during law school, when she had the chance to see the significant investment our firmmade in helping to change systems and improve peoples’ lives. She says her time as a litigation associate at MoFo enabled her “to think proactively and strategically to build out a case” — the same attributes that she uses in her role today in the ACLU’s Capitol office, advancing civil rights and liberties to benefit millions of people in California. Thank you, Maya, for your time and for sharing with us the important work you are doing. In addition, our very own veteran trial lawyers, Jim Brosnahan and Arturo González, received prestigious ABA awards for their numerous contributions to the legal profession. Jim received the John H. Pickering Achievement Award and Arturo received the Pro Bono Publico Award. Coincidentally, in this issue’s Alumnus Spotlight, we feature the story of MoFo alumnus, Mark Danis, who served as a trial lawyer while at MoFo for 25 years until moving on to his current role as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at The Clorox Company. Mark credits the mentorship he received from Jim Brosnahan earlier in his career as being particularly meaningful to him. Thank you, Mark, for sharing your story with us. In 2019, sadly, we said goodbye to a cherished member of our MoFo family, Marshall Small, who passed away in December. Marshall, a former chair, partner, colleague, and friend, was with the firm for 65 years and remains one of the most important people in the history of our firm. We will greatly miss Marshall, but his spirit will stay at the core of our firm’s heart and soul. Please take a moment to read our In Memoriam section highlighting his special contributions to the legal profession. Illustrating our continued commitment to diversity and inclusion, MoFo was named one of Working Mother ’s Best Law Firms for Women, marking the 10th time our firm has been recognized with this honor and earning us a spot in the publication’s Hall of Fame. We were also named among Yale LawWomen’s Top 10 Firms for both Gender Equity and Family Friendliness. We opened our Boston office, which expanded our robust technology and life sciences capabilities, and strengthened our corporate and finance practices. Additionally, we added a group of 10 corporate lawyers to our newly launched multipractice Latin America desk, increasing our capabilities to serve the needs of our clients in Latin America. In our Firm Update, you can read about the more than 40 lateral partners we welcomed in 2019 to 10 offices across the firm. We significantly refreshed our website as well as raised the visibility of the alumni center on our home page. We’re proud to reveal a new look and feel to the alumni center and to that we believe better aligns with our global capabilities and today’s increasingly mobile business environment. Lastly, we are thankful to our colleagues, clients, and friends, and to you, our alumni community. We hope that you enjoy reading this issue of MoForever and continue to stay in touch! LARREN M. NASHELSKY CHA I RMAN ' S L E T T ER WELCOME TO THE WINTER 2020 ISSUE OF MOFOREVER. THE NEW YEAR IS A TIME OF PROMISE AS WE LOOK AHEAD TO NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES.