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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • Designation: Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Head Count: 605
  • Gross Revenues: $539,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $890,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,645,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a Palo Alto, California-based law firm. In 2011, the firm ranked 58th on The American Lawyer's Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. firms, with $493,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. The firm ranked 66th on the 2011 Global 100 survey of firms worldwide. In terms of size, the firm placed 67th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings with 588 attorneys in offices throughout the U.S. The firm's practice areas include antitrust, corporate, finance, intellectual property, and tax law. In addition to its Palo Alto headquarters, Wilson Sonsini has a satellite office in San Francisco and offices in Austin, Texas, Seattle, Washington, New York, Washington, D.C., and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 58 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 58 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 65 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 37 7 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 80 6 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 2 -1 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 118 -19 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 27 4 Summer programs

In the News

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Wilson Team Helps Lithium Gain Klout

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Judge Boots Google Lawyer Off Ballot

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 26, 2014

One of two late entrants in race for Valley's congressional seat didn't have enough valid signatures.

Tableau Taps Cooley for $357 Million Follow-On Offering

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

It's the latest company to make a quick return trip to the capital markets after a hot IPO.

Government's Insider Trading Net Snags Simpson Thacher Clerk

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

The SEC and federal prosecutors in New Jersey charged Steven Metro, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, along with a Morgan Stanley stockbroker, with taking part in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme involving some of Simpson Thacher's star private equity clients.

Shartsis Friese Launches Patent Prosecution Practice

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Pair of Greenberg Traurig lawyers bring in-house and tech-sector experience.

In Race to Rep Valley, a Few New Faces. Plus: Lawyers vs. Doctors.

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Privacy Suit Advances Against Google

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White is allowing plaintiffs to move forward with claims the company used apps installed on Android phones to harvest user data.

Cooley Hires Partner Away From Venture Fund

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Flipboard Turns to Wilson Sonsini for Zite Buy

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Deadline Today for Applicants Interested in Open Chancellor Seat

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 05, 2014

Candidates interested in the Delaware Court of Chancery's vacant chancellor seat must have their applications submitted to the Judicial Nominating Commission by noon today.

Wilson Sonsini Battles DOJ Over Remedy in Bazaarvoice Antitrust Case

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The software company is willing to sell off the rival it bought last year but shouldn't have to part with its technology or customers, argues lead lawyer Boris Feldman.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Suntory/Beam; Google/Nest Labs; Lenovo/IBM low-power server business/Motorola Mobility

Deadline Approaching for Chancellor Applicants

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 26, 2014

Delaware's Judicial Nominating Commission issued notice last week seeking applicants to succeed Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr., who is set to be sworn in as state Supreme Court chief justice later this week. The JNC's notice officially greenlighted a process that has generated much speculation since last year when Strine announced his intention to pursue the chief justice vacancy.

From Father to Son, a Generational Shift in Judicial Demeanor

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Judge William Orrick III may have assumed his father's former seat on the Northern District bench, but he's breaking from family precedent.

The Churn: 14-Lawyer Team Joins Lewis Brisbois, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Lewis Brisbois launches a new office near Philadelphia with a team of 14 laterals, including eight partners, from Nelson Levine; Pfizer's assistant general counsel heads to Paul Hastings; and O'Melveny's London office adds a Kirkland M&A partner.

Chandler to Lead Search for New Chancellor

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

Gov. Jack Markell has appointed former Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor William B. Chandler III to lead the Judicial Nominating Commission, an 11-member task force responsible for recommending candidates to fill judicial vacancies. Chandler's first order of business on the JNC will be to identify candidates for the Chancery Court chancellor opening created by current Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr.'s promotion to Supreme Court chief justice.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

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

After Last Year's Lag, Wilson's Partner Profits Rebound

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

New offices opened in SOMA and in Beijing in 2012 are now "firing on all cylinders," said comanaging partner John "Jack" Sheridan.

The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A string of New York securities litigators are on the move; Bingham loses two Los Angeles–based lawyers to Winston and a partner in San Francisco to Manatt; and a former U.S. ambassador rejoins Jones Day.

IP Dealmaker Exits Orrick for MoFo

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Wilson Poaches More Sidley Lawyers in L.A.

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Fee-ding frenzy … Niro's near miss … The gifts of Google

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Growing Into a Longer Title; and Other Moves

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Glatfelter's new GC now has four distinct roles at the specialty paper company; and other new occupants of the general counsel's office.

Defense Bar Rallies to Shed Light on Government Surveillance

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

ACLU lawyer Linda Lye is working with Northern District defenders who suspect data mining tools were used to investigate their clients.

Asia Deal Digest: January 30, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

* Stephenson Harwood guides a Vietnamese budget airline in for a $9 billion jet order* Weil advises Lenovo and Cleary guides Google on their $2.9 billion smartphone deal* Cleary has its turn acting for Lenovo on its $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM's low-end server business

With Cleary on Board, Google Makes More Big Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

A week after representing Lenovo in connection with its acquisition of an IBM server unit, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising Google on its $3 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to the world's largest computer maker. The firm has also grabbed a role in Google's largest-ever European deal, handling the company's $400 million purchase of an artificial intelligence start-up earlier this week.

Wilson, Latham Tapped for $208 Million Biotech Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

Three Firms on Shanda Games $1.9 Billion Take-Private

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Latham & Watkins and Davis Polk & Wardwell have the lead role on the deal involving the developer of China's popular World of Legend online game.

Is Ro Khanna the Valley's Guy?

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

With Big Tech backers and a Big Law bio, Ro Khanna aims to disrupt the region's congressional race.

Steptoe & Johnson Opens in Palo Alto

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

The D.C.-based firm is launching its first Northern California office with two IP partners poached from King & Spalding.

The Bankruptcy Files: Freedom Taps McGuireWoods for Chapter 11

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

McGuireWoods is advising Freedom Industries, the company responsible for a recent chemical spill that prompted drinking water bans that affected 300,000 West Virginians, on its Chapter 11 filing. Meanwhile, Skadden and Kirkland are dominating the market on bankruptcy work amid a dearth of large filings and the latter is among the Am Law 100 firms handling out-of-court restructurings for clients like Altegrity, Brookstone and M*Modal.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Big Mac is back … Gibson friends Facebook … Flag on the play

Valley's Hopkins & Carley Taps New Leader

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Lawyers Expect IPO Boom to Roll On in 2014

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

More than 40 California companies launched IPOs last year and lawyers continue to see a robust pipeline.

Firms Flock for Nest's $3.2 Billion Sale to Google

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Nest Labs GC Richard "Chip" Lutton Jr. turned to Orrick, while Google tapped Wilson Sonsini and Goodwin Procter advised a consortium of investors.

The Careerist: Why Cooley is Cooler

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 13, 2014

Stephen Neal, the chairman of Cooley, dishes with The Careerist about his competitors, the type of hire who succeeds at his firm, and why his shop is one of the "nice" firms in Silicon Valley.

In Win for DOJ, Judge Takes Aim at Bazaarvoice Merger

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

U.S. District Judge William Orrick III has sided with the government that a 2012 deal between two little known software companies would stifle competition in the market for online ratings and reviews.

Lawyers Expect IPO Boom to Roll On In 2014

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

More than 40 California companies launched IPOs last year and lawyers continue to see a robust pipeline.

Leading M&A Transactions-Target or Acquirer Based in N.J.-2013

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Leading M&A transactions with the target or acquirer based in N.J. in 2013.

Wilson Sonsini's Todd Carpenter

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Wilson Sonsini, Skadden Advise as Singer Makes Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Elliott Management, the hedge fund founded by billionaire Harvard Law School graduate Paul Singer, has mounted a $3.1 billion takeover bid for Riverbed Technology. Elliott, an activist investor advised by Paul Weiss and New York's Kleinberg Kaplan, has also agreed to drop its opposition to the $8.3 billion sale of Celesio and reached an agreement with Compuware on the removal of a Dickinson Wright chairman emeritus and Honigman Miller partner from its board of directors.

Palo Alto Networks Taps Wilson for Morta Buy

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

With two key acquisitions closing in as many weeks, consolidation in the Bay Area technology security sector is coming at a rapid clip.

Palo Alto Networks Taps Wilson for Morta Buy

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Tech Sector Dealmaking a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Data shows that the tech sector was responsible for much of the global dealmaking activity last year and recently racked up nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Mergers, Acquisitions And a Pro Bono Deal

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer's Editor In Chief explains who won the Litigation Department of the Year competition and why.

Riding a Late-Year M&A Surge, 2013 Goes Out Like a Lion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Finalist, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Wilson Sonsini

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Wilson Sonsini's antitrust team has gone from a tiny firm outpost to an industry heavyweight in 10 years.

Late-Year M&A Surge a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Data shows that mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. accounted for 43 percent of last year's global deal volume and that the nation's technology industry was responsible for much of the activity. The sector continued its dealmaking run over the past week with a batch of transactions that totaled nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Twitter IPO; Devon Energy/GeoSouthern/Crosstex;American Realty/Cole; Shire/Viropharma

A Car Mogul's Unusual Choice

Chelsea Allison : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The billionaire Tesla Motors CEO needed (another) lawyer for his company, so he settled on one he already knew—from his divorce.

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

While the U.S. economy struggled to return to health over the last two years, big-ticket litigation was clearly a countercyclical buffer. And these litigators at The Am Law 200 were front and center.

Calif. Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

California-based managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

Court Narrows Ruling in Street View Case, But Denies Google's Bid for Rehearing

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

The Ninth Circuit has rejected Google's bid to rehear a privacy decision involving its Street View mapping project, but the panel retracted language declaring that unencrypted Wi-Fi transmissions are "readily accessible to the general public."

Court Narrows Ruling in Street View Case, But Denies Google's Bid for Rehearing

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

Edwards Wildman Helps Google Get Into Robots

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Military robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics tapped Edwards Wildman Palmer for counsel this week on its sale to Google for an undisclosed sum. The deal has the Internet, and even some late-night comedians, buzzing.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

The microchip maker Avago Technologies is seeking to buy storage chip specialist LSI to bolster its cloud storage and mobile software businesses. Longtime M&A rivals Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are on opposite sides of the proposed $6.6 billion merger.

Fenwick Helps Nimble Storage Launch IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 16, 2013

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2013

Longtime M&A rivals Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are on opposite sides of the proposed $6.6 billion merger announced Monday between microchip makers Avago Technologies Ltd. and LSI Corp.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 16, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2013

The Churn: Dentons Adds Toronto Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Dentons lands a top Canadian deal lawyer from Baker & McKenzie; Abercrombie & Fitch hires a general counsel from the ranks of Greenberg Traurig; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett expands in Houston.

Reed Smith Takes Tech Transactions Lawyer From Wilson

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2013

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Securities Finalist Wilson Sonsini

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Recorder : January 06, 2013

See what put these firms at the head of the field in The Recorder's inaugural contest.

Petronas Loses Cybersquatting Case Against GoDaddy

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2013

SolarCity Sues Rival Over Trade Secrets

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 03, 2013

Judge OKs Antitrust Suit Against RPX

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 03, 2013

NPE attorney Raymond Niro has overcome a key hurdle in his case against the self-described "anti-troll."

Few Law Grads Finding Jobs Through Online Match Service

Sara Randazzo : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2013

Widely praised when it launched two years ago, JD Match has so far had little impact on recruiting.

Ex-WaMu CEO Close To Settlement Over Bank Failure

: Bloomberg : January 03, 2013

Former chief executive officer Kerry Killinger said Washington Mutual could have survived the crisis but U.S. officials denied the bank help offered to other financial firms.

Few Law Grads Finding Jobs Through Online Match Service

Sara Randazzo : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Widely praised when it launched two years ago, JD Match has so far had little impact on recruiting.

Asia Deal Digest: November 28, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2013

*Skadden acts on U.S. IPO for Chinese classified advertising site 58.com*WongPartnership advises real estate developer Ascendas on new Indian property fund*Rahmat Lim & Partners and Allen & Gledhill advise Sime Darby Motors on Vietnamese acquisition

Three Firms on $2.9 Billion Chinese Take-Private Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Weil Gotshal & Manges and O'Melveny & Myers have the lead roles on a proposed buyout of Chinese game developer Giant Interactive by a group of minority shareholders.

Google's File Cabinet Squares Off Against Oracle's Ann Droid

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Oracle lawyer E. Joshua Rosenkranz wields a new metaphor as computer code copyright fight goes before the Federal Circuit.

Judge May Let Autonomy Suit Proceed Against HP, Whitman

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

Lawyer Convicted in Insider Trading Scheme Disbarred

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 21, 2013

Matthew Kluger, a former law firm associate convicted in a 17-year, multimillion-dollar insider trading scheme, was disbarred today in the District of Columbia.

Judge May Let Autonomy Suit Proceed Against HP, Whitman

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

Google to Pay AGs $17 Million to Settle Privacy Claims

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

Google Inc. has agreed to a $17 million multistate payment to settle complaints that the Mountain View search company improperly tracked users of Apple Safari web browsers over two years.

Google Will Pay AGs $17 Million to Settle Privacy Claims

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 18, 2013

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Asia Deal Digest: November 14, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2013

* Vinson & Elkins on CNPC's $2.6 billion Peruvian oilfield buy* MoFo and Wilson Sonsini take the lead on a $917 million Chinese semiconductor deal* Clifford Chance helps MSG giant Ajinomoto buy into the Turkish sauce market

Amid Merger Talks, Patton Boggs MP Touts Strategic Plan

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2013

Patton Boggs managing partner Edward Newberry told The Am Law Daily on Thursday that his firm's merger talks with Locke Lord and its latest round of layoffs are part of a broader plan that also includes changes to its long-standing "eat what you kill" compensation system and a push to expand in California, New York, Texas and abroad.

MoFo, Wilson Sonsini on Chinese Semiconductor Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2013

Tsinghua Unigroup has proposed to acquire U.S.-listed Chinese semiconductor maker RDA Microelectronics for $917 million.

Despite Lateral Loss, Simpson Snags Another Deal for KKR

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has lost corporate and M&A partner Sean Rodgers to Kirkland & Ellis, marking the latter firm's latest high-profile lateral hire in recent months. Rodgers, who has been a partner at Simpson for nearly a decade, has handled several major deals for private equity giant KKR. Nonetheless, Rodgers' former firm is once again advising KKR this week on its $1.6 billion buy of landscaping company the Brickman Group.

Capital Accounts: Twitter IPO May Not Have 'Facebook Effect' on State Coffers

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

Waller, Merchant & Gould Advise on Experian's PHC Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

The two firms are advising private equity-owned U.S. health care data company Passport Health Communications on its $850 million sale to Experian, a credit information giant that along with some rivals has increasingly come under scrutiny by federal regulators.

Shearman Nabs Role on $1.2 Billion Software Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Francisco Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the technology sector, has once again tapped Shearman & Sterling for transactional work. This time, the firm is advising on the proposed $1.17 billion sale of cloud-technology provider GXS Group to Canadian software company Open Text.

Velti Taps Wilson to Fight Securities Suits

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 05, 2013

Ahead of IPO, Twitter Gets Sued for Aftermarket Fraud

Angela Hunt : Corporate Counsel : January 04, 2013

Two investment advisors, Continental Advisors SA and Precedo Capital Group, claim the social media giant set them up in the secondary market, costing them millions in lost fees and reputational damage.

Sizing Up an Orrick-Pillsbury Combo

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 01, 2013

Orrick may have finally met its match in James Rishwain Jr.'s energy-rich Pillsbury Winthrop.

Fee Tracker: Penn State's Sex Abuse Tab, Herbalife and Twitter

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

Tallying up what Am Law 200 firms are making for their work on notable matters in the news, including the Penn State sex abuse scandal, Bill Ackman's bet against Herbalife, the coming Wikipedia reboot and Twitter's planned IPO.

Divorce Lawyer Gets Keys to Tesla's Legal Department

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 28, 2013

From 2009 to 2012, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk sped through three general counsel. The latest hire in the legal department helped Musk through a bruising marital break-up.

Divorce Lawyer Gets Keys to Tesla's Legal Department

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 25, 2013

Latest hire at Elon Musk's company helped the CEO through a bruising marital break-up.

Legal Sector Gained 1,100 Jobs in September

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

According to preliminary data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal industry added positions for the third consecutive month in September. Tuesday's report also showed that through the first three quarters, 2013 is the sector's strongest year on the employment front since 2009.