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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

Bay Area's Big-Name Lawyers Backing Clinton, Fiorina

Patience Haggin and Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : October 02, 2015

Hillary is way out in front in the race for donors in the liberal-leaning legal community but Carly has a few friends at Wilson Sonsini.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 01, 2015

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

Arnold & Porter Licks Patent Suit for 'Chocolate' Catheter Company

Ross Todd : The Recorder : September 30, 2015

The complete defense verdict is a win for TriReme Medical—but the company is still on the hook for $20 million for fiduciary breaches.

Big Deals

Patience Haggin, Jennifer Henderson and David Ruiz : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Google Reorganization; Berkshire Hathaway / Precision Castparts Fidelity National / SunGard General Electric Asset Sale Symantec Asset Sale Sumitomo Life / Symetra Financial Terex / Konecranes CF Industries / OCI NV Nokia Asset Sale Allergan Asset Sale Solvay / Cytec Industries Honeywell /Melrose Industries/ Elster Group Industrial Income Trust Asset Sale Anthem / Cigna Nikkei / FT Group Sikorsky Aircraft Asset Sale Pinnacle Entertainment Asset Sale Blackstone / Corsair / First Eagle St. Jude Medical / Thoratec

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : September 24, 2015

The American Lawyer Global M&A Deals of the Year recognize transactions that redrew the corporate map in every corner of the globe.

Chancery Hints Approvals of Noncash Class Accords Won't Be as Easy

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : September 23, 2015

In describing the benefits of a class action settlement in a shareholders' merger challenge as akin to the size of a peppercorn but the rights bargained away only equal to a mustard seed, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III approved the noncash settlement over the sole objection of a law professor.

Sidley Finds Success with Valley Strategy

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : September 18, 2015

Out-of-town firms tend to stall out in the hyper-competitve market, but Sidley's grown from three to more than 40 lawyers since opening its doors in 2009.

Tech Titans' Trial Started With Handshake Deal

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : September 18, 2015

Arista Networks' famous co-founders went into business as friends—but they didn't stay that way.

Fisker Litigation Given Green Light But Is Trimmed by Federal Judge

Michael A. Riccardi : Delaware Business Court Insider : September 16, 2015

Shareholders were not time-barred from bringing lawsuits more than a year after the financial struggles of a hybrid automaker were widely reported in the media, a federal judge for the District of Delaware has ordered.

Emails Show Seeds of Arista-OptumSoft Rift

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : September 15, 2015

Before suing Arista in 2014, OptumSoft founder David Cheriton wrote that he “was caught off guard" by the treatment of files created with his software development platform.

IP Shops See Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 15, 2015

Finnegan Henderson and Kenyon & Kenyon, two top IP-focused firms, see partners peel away on both coasts; Gibson Dunn grows in London; Morgan Lewis adds an Islamic finance expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.


: The National Law Journal : September 07, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Auto-Renewal Suits Rain Down on Consumer Tech Companies

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : September 04, 2015

Defense lawyers, including Davis Wright Tremaine's Joseph Addiego III, are busy fending off cases under a California law that strictly regulates subscriptions.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 03, 2015

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

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : August 31, 2015

Lowenstein Sandler, Otterbourg, Fox Rothschild, Cozen O'Connor, Mayer Brown and JAMS all announce new additions, while Andrews Kurth has elected three partners to its principal governance body.

Google Beefs Up Defense in 'Post It' Patent Flap

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 31, 2015

Cooley partner Heidi Keefe is joining litigators from Wilson Sonsini on a suit over video-reduction technology.

Worried Biotech Advocates Swarm to Prenatal Testing Fight

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 27, 2015

Drug companies, patent law experts and trade groups warn that the Federal Circuit has gone too far in restricting patents that involve natural phenomena.

Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : August 24, 2015

China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.

How Cleary's Deal Guy Caught Google's Eye

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 21, 2015

Ethan Klingsberg, who helped put together the new Alphabet structure, was brought in to a failed Google-Yahoo ad deal in 2008, and has since become a key adviser.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 20, 2015

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

Deal Watch: 'Female Viagra' Spawns More Skadden, S&C Deal Work

Jennifer Henderson and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 20, 2015

Sprout Pharmaceuticals didn't have to wait long for a big-name buyer to spring big bucks for the nascent drug developer. Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead for the company, founded in 2011, on its $1 billion sale this week to longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

Ropes Reels in Cybersecurity Pros, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2015

Two top data privacy and security partners leave McDermott Will & Emery for Ropes & Gray; Latham & Watkins hires again from Clifford Chance in Germany; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Beneath Google's Fight With Orrick, a Big Business

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : August 14, 2015

Emails surfaced by the search giant show relationsihp between partner hired by Microsoft and the Mississippi AG probing Google's practices.

Morning Wrap: An FTC Announcement, Plus Tom Brady and Rose's Luxury

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 13, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission has changed the way it handles antitrust cases. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Cleary Gottlieb Got Call on Google Restructuring

David Ruiz and Patience Haggin : The Recorder : August 11, 2015

A favored firm for recent deals, it drew the assignment to create Alphabet and smooth the way for the search business to operate independently of its other units.

Litigator of the Week: Michael Sommer of Wilson Sonsini

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : August 06, 2015

In the Teva-Mylan M&A fight, a preliminary litigation win helped keep a hostile bidder at bay.

Finjan Litigation Spree Yields $40 Million Verdict

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 05, 2015

A jury found Blue Coat infringed five cybersecurity patents.

Google Goes After Orrick in AG Probe

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : August 04, 2015

Lawyers at Wilson Sonsini want Orrick to turn over documents they say will tie it to a questionable probe undertaken by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

Mylan, Kirkland Ready to End M&A Conflicts Fight

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : August 04, 2015

After dodging a $40 billion hostile takeover bid by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and forcing Teva to dump its former transactional lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis, it looks like Mylan NV is finally satisfied.

Merry-Go-Round at Milbank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 04, 2015

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy brings on a Jones Day M&A duo in New York, as the firm watched two others head for the door; Morrison & Foerster adds a pair from Crowell & Moring; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.