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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

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.


: 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.

SanDisk Hires Broadcom Deputy GC as New CLO

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : December 02, 2014

Mark Brazeal will be senior vice president and chief legal officer for the flash memory storage company.

Trio of Firms Advise on $1.6 Billion Cypress Semiconductor Deal

David Ruiz : The Recorder : December 02, 2014

Wilson Sonsini's Michael Ringler led a team representing San Jose-based Cypress Semiconductor in its acquisition of Spansion.

DLA Piper Nabs Ex-FDIC Chair, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The world's second-largest firm by attorney head count adds two more former federal regulators to its ranks; American Apparel hires a Loeb & Loeb partner; Greenberg Traurig bags Edwards Wildman Palmer's Los Angeles partner-in-charge; Steptoe & Johnson snags an IP trio and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lawyers Prep for Battle in iPod Antitrust Class Action

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : November 26, 2014

A two-week jury trial before U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers will decide whether Apple's 2006 software update benefited customers or just the company.

Sidley Austin Snags Houston Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2014

Two Andrews Kurth partners peel off for Sidley Austin in Houston's hot lateral market; a handful of firms make big hires in London; Blank Rome adds a pair from Bingham McCutchen; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Wilson Sonsini Employee Pleads to Insider Trading

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : November 17, 2014

A former technology employee for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati who was charged with using the firm's client information to acquire stock and options pleaded guilty Thursday to insider trading.

Growing Strong

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 17, 2014

Palo Alto Networks made its first-ever acquisitions in the past year, beefing up its network and endpoint security offerings.

Chasing Tech Work, Canada's Law Firms Embrace Innovation

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 17, 2014

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

Morning Wrap: Justices Alito, Scalia, Thomas Pick Bones on Marriage, Free Speech, Magna Carta

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 14, 2014

Justices speak to conservatives and President Obama plans for immigration policy changes: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

Wilson Sonsini IT Staffer Enters Guilty Plea in Insider-Trading Case

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : November 14, 2014

Dimitry Braverman made more than $300,000 by trading stock based on information he learned about firm clients, prosecutors alleged.

Sidley, Goodwin Snag Patent Litigation Partners

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : November 11, 2014

Steven Baik is joining Sidley's Valley office while Shane Brun moves to Goodwin's S.F. office.

Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

BAR-ometer: Khanna Comes Up Short

: The Recorder : November 07, 2014

Airbnb Taps Munger to Fend Off S.F. Tenants' Suit

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : November 06, 2014

The company is taking strikes from plaintiffs lawyers, competitors and regulators.

How Tech Industry, Judges and Lawyers Did on Election Day

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : November 05, 2014

A look at the winners and losers around the state.