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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • Designation: Palo Alto
  • Head Count: 620
  • Gross Revenues: $575,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $925,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,765,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a Palo Alto-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has 620 attorneys and is the 61st largest firm in the United States.  With $575,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 56th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosatiranked as the 66th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, DE, NY, TX, UT, VA and WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 56 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 56 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 61 4 Lawyer head count
The A-List 44 -7 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 81 -81 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 3 -1 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 118 -19 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 27 4 Summer programs

In the News

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs; Merck / Cubist; Visteon Stake Sale; GIC / IndCor Properties; NextEra / Hawaiian Electric; Paramount Group IPO

Grocers Will Sell 168 Stores to Win Merger Approval

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 27, 2015

Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway will sell 168 stores in eight states to win approval of their $9.2 billion merger from the Federal Trade Commission, the agency said Tuesday.

Sidley Austin Poaches Wilson Sonsini's Beijing Head

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2015

Capital markets partner Kefei Li has advised Chinese companies on IPOs in Hong Kong and the United States.

Box IPO Seen as a Hopeful Harbinger

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 23, 2015

The company's year-delayed opening, handled by Wilson Sonsini, is the first Valley offering in 2015.

Wal-Mart, Biz Groups Look to Topple Gun Sales Proposal

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2015

Backed by business groups, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher fired their opening shots this month in a federal appeal over shareholder efforts to challenge Wal-Mart's sales of guns and other "offensive" products.

Delaware Drug Patent Cases Test Jurisdiction After

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 15, 2015

After the Supreme Court's ruling in , lawyers for N.J.-based Mylan Pharma told a Delaware judge that the company didn't expect to be sued in the state ever again. Instead, the latest post- ruling tightens the state's claim to jurisdiction even further.

Niro Firm Looks to Revive RPX Corp. Antitrust Suit

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2015

After making headway in a patent infringement lawsuit targeting Samsung and HTC, Cascades Computer Innovation, a descendent of the "original patent troll," is now looking to reboot its related antitrust case against "defensive patent aggregator" RPX.

Corporate Law Firms Active in 2014

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 07, 2015

Several of the Delaware law firms focused on corporate law made some big moves in 2014. The year also welcomed some new players into the arena with one firm entering Delaware and another, established firm launching a Chancery Court practice.

In 2014, Cases Over Tech Issues Figured Heavily in Appeals to the Third Circuit

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2015

Cases arising from technological issues took up much of the Third Circuit's docket in 2014 and allowed the court to set precedent on the intersection of the law and the Internet, among other things.

Corporate Bylaws Center of Chancery Court Focus in 2014

Jeff Mordock : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 05, 2015

The Delaware Court of Chancery largely focused its attention in 2014 on the validity of fee-shifting and exclusive forum bylaws. Although both issues remain largely undefined, the plaintiff activity in these cases could help decide the scope of such bylaws next year.

Can You Hear Her Now?

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2015

A tech veteran is tapped as a software developer's first general counsel; and other Moves.

Year in Photos 2014

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : December 26, 2014

From Uber's rise to Joe Dunn's fall at the California State Bar, a look back at some of the year's biggest headlines.

Wilson Sonsini Elects Attorney as Partner

: Delaware Law Weekly : December 24, 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati elected Tamika Montgomery-Reeves as a partner.

New Firms, Lateral Moves Highlight 2014 Law Firm Activity

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : December 24, 2014

Delaware's legal landscape changed slightly in 2014. Four new firms entered the market while firms established in Delaware expanded, relocated or launched a new office. Lateral activity was also busy with several well-known names moving to new firms.

Corporate Bylaws Center of Chancery Court Focus in 2014

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : December 23, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery largely focused its attention this year on the validity of fee-shifting and exclusive forum bylaws. Although both issues remain largely undefined, the plaintiff activity in these cases could help decide the scope of such bylaws next year.

After Busy Year for Tech Deals, Lawyers See No Slowdown Ahead

David Ruiz : The Recorder : December 19, 2014

A year that got off to a bang with the WhatsApp and Nest deals later saw a trio of spin-offs, and the climate for dealmaking remains strong heading into 2015.

IP Partner Involved in Client Dispute Leaves K&L Gates

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 18, 2014

Charles Holland, a former IP litigation partner with K&L Gates' Palo Alto office, has joined the Strategic Innovation IP Law Offices in Silicon Valley following a dispute with a client about a conflict.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : December 18, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Boies Schiller Confronts Media on Sony Data Breach

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2014

In response to an onslaught of reports about Sony's hacked documents, Boies, Schiller & Flexner's David Boies has sent a letter to news outlets demanding they stop using and destroy what he calls "stolen information." Whether the letter will have any effect remains to be seen.

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs a Boon to Half-Dozen Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2014

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Schulte Roth, Skadden and Paul Hastings grabbed roles on the largest leveraged buyout for a U.S. company in 2014 as PetSmart, the nation's largest pet-store chain, on Sunday acquiesced to the demands of an activist investor and agreed to sell itself for $8.7 billion to a group led by private equity firm BC Partners. One day later, another activist fund headed by a Harvard Law School graduate prevailed in its bid to force an LBO at Riverbed Technology.

On the Move

: The Recorder : December 15, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Google Spars With Internet Users Over Privacy Before Third Circuit

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : December 12, 2014

Cookies—the digital crumbs that mark the trail Internet users make as they wander through the Web—are either a benign method for furnishing Internet users with relevant advertising or they are the foundation of a pernicious invasion of privacy, lawyers argued in front of the Third Circuit on Thursday.

Viewpoint: Isaacson's 'The Innovators' Leaves Out the Lawyers

Michael Stern : The Recorder : December 10, 2014

Valley lawyers took more sand out of the gears than they poured in, argues Cooley's Michael Stern.

Innovators: Josh Becker, Lex Machina

: The Recorder : December 08, 2014

The CEO has helped grow the legal analytics company from having just a handful of clients to boasting more than 100.

On the Move

: The Recorder : December 08, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014

Laterals, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : December 04, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Two Firms, Ex-Cleary Gottlieb Associate Await Lending Club IPO

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 03, 2014

Former Cleary Gottlieb senior associate Renaud Laplanche, founder and CEO of The Lending Club, stands to see his stake in the peer-to-peer lender be worth some $160 million after an initial public offering next week. Fenwick & West and O'Melveny & Myers are also poised to profit from The Lending Club's future float.

Chancery Refuses to Stop $4.2B Software Company Acquisition

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : December 03, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery has declined to enjoin Vista Equity Partners L.P.'s $4.2 billion acquisition of Tibco Software because the transaction's overall equity value was initially based on an inaccurate number of Tibco shares.

SanDisk Hires Long-Time Broadcom Lawyer as Chief Legal Officer

David Ruiz : The Recorder : December 03, 2014

Mark Brazeal will also serve as senior vice president at the memory development company.