Morrison & Foerster LLP's Washington, DC office comprises five partners, two of counsel and 12 associates. Partner Steve Smith wins particular admiration from rivals.
The group divides its time fairly evenly between merger work, civil investigations and cartel work, both before the US antitrust authorities and in private claims.
"We encourage teamwork and sharing across our offices, leveraging our geographic and subject matter expertise," says Smith. "Our cases are staffed in the manner that best addresses each client's needs."
The firm has been retained for competition cases where another firm was handling the corporate aspects of the transaction, which the group says is testament to the strength of its practice. For example, Morrison & Foerster handled the antitrust aspects of the two largest transactions in the wireless industry last year: Alltel/Verizon Wireless and Clearwire/Sprint Nextel. Other merger cases handled by the team include Kenwood/JVC, Freescale/SigmaTel and Ricoh's acquisition of Ikon Office Solutions.
On the behavioural side, the firm says it is advising in many government investigations, including the air cargo and freight forwarding investigations, and LCD and marine hose cases.
The firm is representing American Airlines on its joint venture with British Airways and Iberia in proceedings before the DoJ's antitrust division and the Department of Transportation. It is also advising Bank of America on the interchange fee litigation.