2017 MLK Luncheon Speaker- James J. Brosnahan Bio

jim-photojames J. Brosnahan

morrison & Foerster, LLP

Senior counsel


James J. Brosnahan is Senior Trial Counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP and is one of the most respected and recognized trial lawyers in the United States. He regularly undertakes complex cases that are about to go to trial. He has tried, to conclusion, 150 cases. His cases have ranged from anti-trust to wire fraud and from patent litigation to white collar crime and murder. He presently represents the former President of the Board of Education in San Francisco in a case charging murder for hire. Mr. Brosnahan is named among the top 30 trial lawyers in the United States, according to the Legal 500 US 2013. Mr. Brosnahan has more than 55 years of expertise in both civil and criminal trial work. Mr. Brosnahan has received numerous honors and recognition throughout his distinguished career. In 2012, he was recognized as a Lifetime Achiever by The American Lawyer for outstanding professional success and a devotion to public service. Other professional recognitions include White-Collar Crime/Government Investigations (2005-2012), and Trial Lawyers (2009- 2012). He has been recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA every year since its launch. He is also ranked in the Best Lawyers in America 2014 (for the past 29 years), Benchmark Litigation 2013, The Best of the Best USA Litigation 2013, Euromoney’s Expert Guides. Mr. Brosnahan is a past president of the Bar Association of San Francisco, whose Volunteer Legal Service Program he founded. He also serves as Master Advocate on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mr. Brosnahan teaches regularly in continuing legal education programs at law schools and to professional organizations on various topics. His expertise includes overall trial strategies in planning, discovery, and jury selection as well as evidence, first amendment, criminal, antitrust, constitutional law, appellate, legal argument, civil procedure, torts, and legal ethics. He is also a frequent keynote speaker at legal conferences and bar association programs around the country.