Morrison & Foerster has slashed the number of lawyers promoted to partner this year, elevating half the amount to the position compared to last year.
The firm has promoted nine lawyers to partner compared to 18 in 2020.
The bulk of the 2021 promotions were made in the U.S. Corporate lawyer Justin Haan, litigation lawyer Alex Iftimie and tax lawyer Maureen Linch have all been promoted in San Francisco, joining Washington D.C.-based finance lawyer Crystal Kaldjob, New York-based restructuring lawyer James Newton and San Diego-based litigation lawyer John Lanham.
Meanwhile, corporate lawyer Tomohiko Kimura has been promoted in Tokyo.
The firm’s Singapore and London bases have two promotions, with corporate lawyer Paul Davis and litigation lawyer Saqib Alam joining the partnership respectively.
Larren Nashelsky, chair of Morrison & Foerster, said in a statement: “Our new partners are extraordinarily talented, and each has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our clients, colleagues, and communities. I’m confident they will continue to make many valuable contributions to the firm in years to come.”
On Monday, fellow U.S. outfit Milbank also announced a halved promotions round, with just five lawyers making the cut.
Morrison & Foerster partner promotions 2021 in full:
Justin Haan, corporate, San Francisco Alex Iftimie, litigation, San Francisco Maureen Linch, tax, San Francisco Crystal Kaldjob, finance, Washington D.C. James Newton, restructuring, New York John Lanham, litigation, San Diego Tomohiko Kimura, corporate, Tokyo Paul Davis, corporate, Singapore Saqib Alam, litigation, London
This article has been updated to reflect that Saqib Alam is based in London.
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