Michael Roster

March 2014

Michael Roster for the past five years has been the steering committee co-chair for the Association of Corporate Counsel's Value Challenge, a project that is looking at ways to to reconnect the cost of legal services with value. He formerly was managing partner of Morrison & Foerster's Los Angeles office as well as co-chair of the firm's Financial Services Practice Group worldwide, resident in both Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. He teaches Contract Drafting and Strategy at the USC Gould School of Law.

Mr. Roster previously served as general counsel of Stanford University, Stanford Medical Center and Stanford Management Company. He subsequently served as executive vice president and general counsel of Golden West Financial Corporation. Mr. Roster has served as an outside director and vice chair of Silicon Valley Bank, chair of the Stanford Alumni Association, and chair of two start-up companies: Insert Therapeutics and Encirq. He is a former director of the California Bankers Association and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

A graduate of Stanford University, Mr. Roster received his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a director of MDRC, a nonprofit corporation based in New York that evaluates the effectiveness of government and other nonprofit programs, and he recently chaired a project funded by two foundations that developed a private sector approach to eliminate abuses in consumer credit cards in the U.S.