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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, N/A, 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 -44 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

D.C. Judge Punts YouTube Video Suit to California

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : October 30, 2014

A federal trial judge in Washington hit the stop button on a suit over the removal of the YouTube video "LuvYa LuvYa LuvYa," sending the case against Google to a California judge to decide.

Ex-Mayer Brown CIO Gets 27 Months in Prison

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2014

David Tresch, Mayer Brown's former chief information officer who in April 2013 admitted to running an eight-year scheme to defraud the firm, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and also ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution.

Chasing Tech Work, Canada's Law Firms Embrace Innovation

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

A small, enthusiastic community of lawyers is providing legal advice—and more—to a new generation of Canadian startups.

On the Move

: The Recorder : October 27, 2014

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


: The National Law Journal : October 27, 2014

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

With New Tools, Leadership, SEC Touts Toughness

Ross Todd : The Recorder : October 24, 2014

When it comes to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, executives in Silicon Valley are on heightened alert.

Wilson Sonsini Opens Office in Downtown Wilmington

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : October 22, 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has expanded its Delaware presence with the opening of a second office in downtown Wilmington.

A Sidley Partner's Quick Turnaround, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Six weeks after joining Fried Frank, former Sidley Austin securities and derivatives enforcement head David Katz returns to the firm; Kirkland & Ellis makes two more high-profile additions; Schulte Roth snags Patterson Belknap's trusts and estates chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Wilson Adds Former Privacy Regulator in D.C.

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : October 20, 2014

The firm's growing privacy practice has more than 40 lawyers.

IPRs Shift the Patent-Lit Playing Field

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : October 17, 2014

Pure litigation shops, like Clement Roberts' Durie Tangri, need to partner with PTO practitioners for what's become a team sport.

Marin Software Takes GC From Diamond Foods

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 16, 2014

Stephen Kim, who'd been a tech lawyer earlier in his career, makes move after almost a decade with nut packaging company.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 16, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Covington Gets Qualcomm Call, Loses Two Litigators

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 16, 2014

Wireless technology company Qualcomm tapped Covington & Burling to advise on its proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of CSR, a British chipmaker known for its Bluetooth technology. At the same time, the firm saw two top litigators handling Deepwater Horizon-related oil spill work for BP depart its Beltway base for Kirkland & Ellis.

IN BRIEF: 'Mafia Cops' Claims Advance

: The National Law Journal : October 13, 2014

Nearly three decades after two New York City police officers ­carried out murders for organized crime, families of "Mafia Cops" victims can proceed with claims against the city. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Do Foreign Firms Need a Hong Kong Law Practice?

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 13, 2014

The city's once-booming capital markets had prompted a big push into local law, but the slowdown that followed has forced at least one firm—Milbank—to reconsider. Still, others see value in the practice, though for different reasons. Here's why.

Cooley, Baker, Wilson Advise NetScout on $2.6 Billion Danaher Deal

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 13, 2014

For tax reasons, deal was structured as a Reverse Morris Trust—a rarity in tech circles.

Fee Tracker: Bingham, Fried Frank Bag Old Mutual IPO Roles

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

Initial public offerings for such companies as British insurer Old Mutual's Boston-based asset management arm and Royal Bank of Scotland-backed Citizens Financial helped fill the coffers of firms such as Bingham, Cleary Gottlieb, Davis Polk and Fried Frank while Detroit's bankruptcy continued to be a boon to Jones Day and Honigman. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to examine $4.1 million in Baker Botts bankruptcy fees in our latest look at notable legal billings from throughout The Am Law 200.

Wilson Sonsini Opens Wilmington Office

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : October 08, 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has expanded its presence in Delaware with the opening of a second office in downtown Wilmington, the Palo Alto, Calif., firm announced today.

Head Count Moves in Opposite Extremes at Patton Boggs, Stinson Leonard

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2014

Legacy firm Patton Boggs, along with Kenyon & Kenyon, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Bingham McCutchen and Dickstein Shapiro, were the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts drop the most over the past 12 months, according to data compiled by ALM's RivalEdge. A handful of Am Law 200 firms saw double-digit percentage increases, including Stinson Leonard Street, mostly as a result of mergers.

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

Wilson Sonsini Opens Wilmington Office

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : October 07, 2014

A new home for the firm's corporate governance practice, and a home away from home for patent litigators.

Court Revives Contract Row Over Bristol-Myers HIV Drug

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : October 07, 2014

In a win for Mayer Brown, the court rekindled claims that Bristol-Myers Squibb permitted Mylan Laboratories to sell a low-cost version of its patented HIV drug in countries struggling to cope with AIDS, only to have Mylan exceed the scope of the agreement.

Post-its, Privilege Collide in Suit Against Google

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : October 03, 2014

After making a series of handwritten notes the centerpiece of its litigation, a small London-based company is retracting its most powerful evidence.

Legal Lineup Gels in New Price-Fixing Suits

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : September 30, 2014

Joseph Saveri is leading the plaintiffs team in a case over electrolytic capacitors. Meanwhile, a host of large law firms have entered appearances for defendants.

Kirkland, Wilson Sonsini Take Tibco Software Private

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 29, 2014

Silicon Valley stalwart Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is advising Tibco Software, the Palo Alto-based enterprise software company founded by Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, on its proposed $4.3 billion sale to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. The deal is the largest leveraged buyout in the technology industry so far this year.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : September 22, 2014

Important Victory for Google Inc.

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : September 22, 2014

Software makers led by Google Inc. scored a big win at the U.S. Inter­national Trade Commission in the form of a ruling that could shield their products in some instances from the agency's jurisdiction.

IN BRIEF: Silicon Valley Rules

: The National Law Journal : September 22, 2014

Partners in Silicon Valley are the highest paid in the nation, ­reporting an average total compensation of $1.167 million in 2013, according to a survey by Major, Lindsey & Africa. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Twitter Denounces 'Abusive' Text-Message Class Action

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : September 22, 2014

Denouncing a putative class action against it as “abusive,” Twitter Inc. has asked a California federal judge to throw out allegations the company unlawfully sends texts to new holders of cellphone num-bers without their consent.

Domo's Third New Management Hire Is a GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : September 19, 2014

Daniel Stevenson has joined software-as-a-service venture Domo as general counsel.