Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Practice is diverse and client base is pretty exciting”
  • “Reputation”
  • “Laid-back Silicon Valley culture”

Downers

  • “Culture of working late night after night”
  • “Bonus structure”
  • “You can't buy or sell stock without a 3 day clearance etc.”

The Buzz

  • “Tech”
  • “Best of the Valley, but a grind”
  • “Innovative”
  • “Stingy”

About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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 financings and 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, Twitter, LinkedIn 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 2015

Inclusive to All

Continuing its tradition of garnering high rankings for diversity, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati recently ranked No. 3 in The American Lawyer's 2015 Diversity Scorecard, with 25.9 percent minority attorneys and 20.2 percent minority partners in 2014. This year's result continues the firm's history of high rankings, which includes three consecutive years in which WSGR ranked No. 1 overall.

May 2015

Corporate Law Kings

NYSE Governance Services, publisher of Corporate Board Member magazine, and FTI Consulting, the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value, announced the results of the 14th annual America's Best Corporate Law Firms study, a comprehensive ranking by U.S. corporate directors and general counsel of the top 25 corporate law firms. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is ranked No. 11 in the Directors' Rankings and No. 14 in the General Counsel's Rankings.

March 2015

Receiving Recognition

Both Dow Jones VentureSource and PitchBook ranked Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as the leading law firm for U.S. venture financings in 2014. Dow Jones VentureSource's legal rankings for 2014 issuer-side venture financing deals placed Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati ahead of all other firms by the total number of rounds of equity financing raised on behalf of clients. In PitchBook's 2015 Annual U.S. Venture Industry Report, the firm ranked first for combined issuer and investor-side venture deals completed in Q4 2014. The firm also ranked first for early-stage deals in the fourth quarter.

December 2014

Who Says Lawyers Aren't Creative?

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati was recognized by the Financial Times in the publication's fourth annual "North America Innovative Lawyers" report, which recognizes law firms that "bring value to their clients not only through their legal expertise, but in the way they are reinventing service delivery models."

December 2014

Global Domination

For the fifth consecutive year, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati was named to Global Competition Review's "Global Elite," the publication's list of the world's top 20 law firms for competition law. In addition, the firm's merger practice is ranked No. 9 worldwide.

June 2014

IP Powerhouse

WSGR was named to The National Law Journal's 2014 "Intellectual Property Hot List," which recognizes 20 law firms that have "demonstrated creative strategies for litigation, patent prosecution, licensing, and other transaction work." The accompanying profile of WSGR notes that the resurgence of the technology industry has helped the firm consolidate its role as one of the top law firms for Silicon Valley companies.

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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: Michael Coke, Michael Rubin, Michael Russell
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 700

  • 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
    41 out of 41 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust
    Appellate Litigation
    Board and Internal Investigations
    Capital Markets
    Class Action Litigation
    Consumer Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Corporate Governance
    Cyber Security
    Employee Benefits & Compensation
    Employment Litigation
    Energy and Infrastructure Finance
    Exports
    Federal Trade Commission
    FCPA
    Finance and Structured Finance
    Fund Services
    Global Generics
    Government Investigations
    Greater China
    Intellectual Property
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    Internet Law and Strategy Litigation
    Life Sciences
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    National Security / CFIUS
    Patent Litigation
    Patents and Innovation
    Privacy & Data Protection
    Private Equity
    Real Estate
    Restructuring
    Securities Litigation
    Shareholder Activism
    Start-Ups and Venture Capital
    Strategic Technology Transactions
    Tax and Tax Equity
    Trade Secret Litigation
    Trademarks & Copyrights
    Trial
    White Collar Crime

Major Office Locations

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