MoFo makes up first London lawyer since 2008 in latest promotions round

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has promoted 12 new partners across the world, making up its first London partner since 2008.

Capital markets of counsel Scott Ashton is the sole London partner promotion, having joined MoFo as an associate in 2005. He was formerly an associate at fellow US firm Sullivan & Cromwell for two years.

The majority of the promotions were in the US, with three lawyers made up in New York and San Francisco. However, MoFo’s Berlin and Tokyo offices have also benefitted from the 2016 promotions round.

A number of lawyers working on intellectual property, securities and commercial litigation matters have made the cut this year, as well as from the firm’s corporate and transactions practice.

The last promotions round in which MoFo made up a City-based lawyer was in 2008, when James Halstead, now a partner at Covington & Burling, was promoted. Back in 2008, just one out of the promoted was female. However, this year’s promotions have seen five women made up across the world.

Partner promotions in full

Erik Knudsen, corporate and private equity, Denver
Elizabeth Sluder, project finance practice, Los Angeles
James Beha II, securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar criminal defense practice, New York
Enrico Granata, corporate, New York
John Pintarelli, business restructuring and insolvency, New York
Shannon Reaney, patent counselling and prosecution, Palo Alto
Alexis Amezcua, commercial litigation practice, San Francisco
Matthew Chivvis, intellectual property litigation, San Francisco
Diana Kruze, intellectual property litigation, San Francisco
Scott Ashton, capital markets practice, London
Kristina Ehle, technology transactions practice, Berlin
Noah Carr, corporate, Tokyo