Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Company Profile

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati built its reputation advising some of the major tech and life sciences industries as well as the banks and venture capitalists keeping those bold experiments flush with greenbacks. It follows, then, that the firm is known for its deep roots in the tech sector and for its prominence in the historic IPOs, mergers and litigation that shook and shaped a new economy.

Rising with a Valley

The Valleyspeak that made Wilson Sonsini's name wasn't the "like, totally!" variety. Rather, it was the firm's thorough comprehension of its clients' businesses and its capacity to talk the talk of Silicon Valley's burgeoning industries. As these fields gradually took form, the firm began representing companies in all phases of growth. Since its founding in 1961, Wilson Sonsini has become a leader in tech licensing transactions, technology M&A and securities class actions. 

The firm began as a simple three-man shop in Palo Alto. It was founded by John Wilson, Pete McCloskey and Roger Mosher; McCloskey departed shortly thereafter in order to take a seat in Congress. Larry Sonsini became a name partner in 1973 after working at the firm for seven years. John Goodrich and Mario Rosati came on board in the early 1970s, and after Mosher's departure, the firm took its current name of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Its head office is still in Palo Alto, though it has grown selectively with several offices across the United States, China and Europe.

The Go-to Guy

It was Larry Sonsini who carved the firm's modern path, visualizing its IT future and aggressively cultivating its client base. Described by one private equity client quoted in Fortune magazine as "the Larry Bird of Silicon Valley," "the go-to guy … the ice-in-his-veins, blue-collar, scramble-for-the-ball, great-teammate, no-ego, championship-caliber guy," Sonsini enjoys great loyalty from clients, many of whom are charter members of the West Coast tech illuminati. The resident expert on tech issues for the NYSE's board of directors since 2001, Sonsini smoothed the way for Google's 2004 IPO and led Pixar's $7.4 billion acquisition by Disney in 2006. Though Sonsini stepped down as CEO in 2005, he continues to hold rank as the firm's chairman.

Sonsini has led the firm in advising on some of the biggest tech deals around. The firm helped launch the IPOs of Apple, Sun Microsystems, Netflix, Rackspace and Infosys. It's also advised on M&A and other transactions, including Hewlett-Packard's merger with Compaq, Google's $4.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, and Sun Microsystems' $7.4 billion sale to Oracle.

Every Tech You Can Imagine

Wilson Sonsini's technology experience has become as diverse as the industry itself. The firm now works with clients in the semiconductor, software, renewable energy, networking, media, biotech, medical device and consumer tech sectors. It also has a strong corporate finance practice that works closely with financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Last but hardly least, the Wilson Sonsini venture capital practice has grown in tandem with early clients like Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, and Oak Investment Partners. To date, Wilson Sonsini has worked with thousands of companies and has helped raise billions of dollars. The firm has represented over a hundred venture capital and private equity firms-many of which it helped create.

IN THE NEWS

June 2014

A Leader in Diversity
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati earned a top ranking in The American Lawyer's 2014 Diversity Scorecard, further demonstrating its leadership when it comes to law firm diversity. WSGR ranked No. 2 on the list with an overall diversity score of 48.6, reflecting 27 percent minority attorneys and 22 percent minority partners in 2013.

May 2014

Those Who Know, Know WSGR
In Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting's 2014 list of America's Best Corporate Law Firms, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati ranked No. 10 nationally as identified by directors at U.S. public companies and No. 22 nationally as identified by general counsel.

January 2014

A Trusted Name in Antitrust
As part of its "Litigation Department of the Year" special report, The American Lawyer honored Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's antitrust practice as a finalist in the publication's inaugural antitrust litigation practice of the year competition. The accompanying profile notes that "Wilson Sonsini's antitrust team has gone from a tiny firm outpost to an industry heavyweight in 10 years" and cited litigation wins for clients such as Google, Live Nation Entertainment and Netflix.

November 2013

Now that's Something to Tweet About
Twitter announced that it had priced its initial public offering of 70,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $26 per share. The shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7 under the symbol "TWTR." Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advised Twitter in connection with the offering.

May 2013

Burning Up the IP Sphere
WSGR was named to The National Law Journal's 2013 "Intellectual Property Hot List," which recognizes 20 law firms that have "demonstrated creative, formidable talent in litigation, patent prosecution, and deal-making." The accompanying profile of WSGR notes that the firm's intellectual property practice keeps building upon its status as the go-to law firm for Silicon Valley technology and media companies looking for practical and business advice.

April 2013

A Verdict Worth Googling
For the second time in three years, Judge Louis Stanton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Google's motion for summary judgment in a $1 billion copyright lawsuit filed by Viacom International against Google's YouTube. WSGR has represented Google and YouTube from the start of the landmark case.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1050
Phone: (650) 493-9300
www.wsgr.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Larry W. Sonsini
  • Managing Partners: Douglas Clark, Jack Sheridan
  • Hiring Partners: Jon Avina, Michael Rubin, Michael Russell
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 650

  • Employment Contact

    Andrea Shaheen
    National Law School Recruiting Manager
    Address: 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Email: ashaheen@wsgr.com
    Phone Number: 650-493-9300


    Terri Foland
    Senior Manager of Lateral Recruiting
    Address: 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Email: tfoland@wsgr.com
    Phone Number: 650-493-9300

    E-mail: attorneyrecruiting@wsgr.com


  • Base Salary

    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    Summer associate: $3,077 per week


  • Summer Associate Offers

    42 out of 44 (2013)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust
    Business Litigation & Counseling
    Consumer Litigation
    Consumer Regulatory & Privacy
    Corporate Finance
    Copyright
    Corporate Law & Governance
    Employee Benefits & Compensation
    Employment Law
    Energy & Infrastructure Finance
    Energy Innovation & Clean Technology
    Entrepreneurial Services
    Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
    Fund Services
    Global Generics
    Global Outsourcing Transactions
    Greater China
    Intellectual Property
    Intellectual Property Counseling & Patents
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    Internal & Government Investigations
    Internet Strategy & Litigation
    Life Sciences
    Litigation
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    National Security
    Privacy & Data Security
    Private Equity
    Real Estate & Environmental
    Retail, Consumer & Advertising
    Securities Litigation
    Tax
    Technology Transactions
    Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility
    Trademarks & Advertising
    Venture Capital
    White Collar Crime

Major Office Locations

  • Palo Alto, CA (HQ)
  • Austin, TX
  • Georgetown, DE
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA (Financial District)
  • San Francisco, CA (SOMA)
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
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