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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • Designation: Palo Alto
  • Head Count: 670
  • Gross Revenues: $646,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $965,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,910,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 3

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a Palo Alto-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has 670 attorneys and is the 59th largest firm in the United States.  With $646,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 53rd on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosatiranked as the 62nd 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 53 3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 53 3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 61 4 Lawyer head count
The A-List 46 -9 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

Deal Watch: Mylan Moves on to Meda With Cravath in Tow

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 11, 2016

A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.

Bingham Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 09, 2016

A year after Morgan Lewis absorbed Bingham McCutchen, several lawyers from the latter find new homes; Fried Frank welcomes back an ex-partner; Jenner & Block brings on an M&A leader; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Derek Willis, General Counsel for Volusion Inc.Made The Right Move

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : February 08, 2016

After 17 years as a corporate and securities attorney, Derek Willis suddenly found himself responsible for managing a contentious piece of litigation as the secretary and general counsel for Volusion Inc., an Austin-based software company.

INADMISSIBLE: Obama Eyes Lucy Koh For Ninth Circuit

: The National Law Journal : February 08, 2016

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California is expected to be nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit later this month. Plus more in this week's column.

Square's IP Chief Talks Patents and Pastry

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 05, 2016

Kirupa Pushparaj discusses the payment company's approach to patents and how it's been impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court's 'Alice' decision.

Behind-the-Scenes of Latham's IP Litigation Surge

Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 05, 2016

A disciplined, multi-year hiring spree that brought in partners Douglas Lumish, Richard Frenkel and Jeffrey Homrig helped turn around a listless practice.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 04, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2016

Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.

Cisco Cheers ITC Ruling Against Arista

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 02, 2016

In a company blog post, Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler said infringement finding marks "the beginning of the end for Arista's systemic copying."

White House Eyes Koh for Seat on Ninth Circuit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 02, 2016

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh is expected to be nominated later this month, according to individuals familiar with the administration's vetting process.

On the Move

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 01, 2016

Firms See Super Bowl as a Super Bust

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 29, 2016

Davis Polk's Alan Denenberg thought it would be fun to take clients to the game—until he saw the prices.

Declassified Board Requires Director Removal With or Without Cause

Marc Boiron and Jacob Werrett : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 27, 2016

A reecent oral ruling by the Delaware Court of Chancery has left more than 175 public Delaware corporations and countless private Delaware corporations with invalid provisions in their organizational documents.

Houston Hiring Market Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2016

Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Arista Ups Ante in Feud With Cisco

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 26, 2016

The company, under fire from its larger rival, has hired a team from Wilson Sonsini and is pursuing antitrust claims.

Matthew Sonsini Returns to Wilson Firm

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 25, 2016

The son of firm chairman Larry Sonsini had spent the past eight years at the Sobrato Organization, but said changes in the tech landscape make it a good time to return to his private-company practice.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2016

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Deal Watch: Rough Times in the Oil Patch

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2016

Unrest in the oil and gas industry and more microchip merger madness have yielded roles for several Am Law 100 firms in The Am Law Daily's look at the latest round of billion-dollar transactions.

Jones Day Hooks Atmel Up With New Buyer

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 20, 2016

Wilson Sonsini client Microchip Techology dislodged Dialog with a cash-and-stock deal worth $3.56 billion.

Milbank, Katten Lose Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2016

Holland & Knight and Sidley Austin hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman and Milbank; a Skadden lawyer returns to public service; Allen & Overy hires in New York; King & Spalding takes two from Jones Day; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Why Wilson Is Planting Its Flag in Boston

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : January 14, 2016

A Q&A with co-managing partner Jack Sheridan on the firm's move to a market rich with life science and tech companies.

A Dentons Lawyer Gets Religion, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2016

Dentons keeps expanding, but one lawyer in Chicago seeks a higher power; Clark Hill merges in the Windy City; Wilson Elser expands in two states; Orrick makes a handful of key hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Wilson Sonsini to Open Boston Office in February

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2016

Seeking to better serve clients in the life sciences sector, the Silicon Valley stalwart is headed to Boston, where conglomerate General Electric Co. announced it would move its headquarters Wednesday. Wilson Sonsini's new outpost will open with three partners.

Delaware Supreme Court Passes On $100M Twitter Pre-IPO Dispute

Tom McParland : Delaware Law Weekly : January 13, 2016

A three-member panel of the Delaware Supreme Court last week refused to take up an appeal of a Superior Court decision to let stand breach-of-contract claims brought against Twitter Inc. by Cayman Islands entities, which alleged the social media giant had shut them out of an agreement to buy Twitter's pre-initial public offering shares.

Hawaiian Airlines Says Aloha to a New GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2016

Hawaiian Airlines is saying aloha to a new top in-house lawyer. The company announced on Jan. 7 the hiring of its longtime outside counsel Aaron Alter as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Alter replaces Hoyt Zia, who is set to retire early this year.

OpenTable's GC Steers Toward Metromile

Stephanie Forshee : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2016

Pay-per-mile car insurance provider Metromile has named John Orta as its first-ever general counsel. Orta took over the post this month after serving as the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of OpenTable Inc., where he worked since 2006.

INADMISSIBLE: Pro Ball Players Take Swing at Al-Jazeera

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2016

Lawyers for Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard went for a double play last week in federal district court in Washington, filing libel lawsuits against Al-Jazeera America LLC. Zimmerman and Howard — starting first basemen for the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively — claim a recent Al-Jazeera program falsely accused them of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Plus more in this week's column.

Davis Polk Partners See Mission Accomplished in Menlo Park

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 08, 2016

Corporate partners William Kelly and Daniel Kelly, who helped launch the office just before the dot-com bust, stepped down at the end of the year.

Agilent Once Again Promotes From Within to Fill GC Spot

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2016

The life sciences and diagnostics company Agilent Technologies announced on Wednesday that it's promoted Michael Tang to senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. He takes over for Marie Oh Huber, who left to become eBay Inc.'s general counsel.

Wilson Sonsini Elects New Partner in Wilmington

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 06, 2016

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati elected Amy Simmerman as a new partner.