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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 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 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

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.

End of Privacy or End of Litigation?

Ross Todd : Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

Defense lawyers express confidence that privacy class actions are waning.

Netflix Wins Privacy Appeal

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

A Ninth Circuit panel said the company couldn't be sued for displaying subscribers' movie watching history.

Ex-Wilson Sonsini Worker Sentenced to Two Years

: The Associated Press : July 31, 2015

A former software engineer at a prominent California firm was sentenced to two years in prison for insider trading by a Manhattan judge who noted that he should have realized the dangers of his actions when one of his firm's lawyers was arrested on the same charges in a separate prosecution.

Introducing the 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law

The Recorder Staff : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

This year's list of 60 women includes 10 "power players" who are using their positions and achievements to advocate for women.

Two-Year Sentence for Wilson IT Worker

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : July 30, 2015

Dimitry Braverman had pleaded guilty to trading on information about confidential client transactions.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 30, 2015

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

Two Suits Entwine Teva-Allergan-Mylan Pharma M&A Nexus

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : July 29, 2015

Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical announced its $40.5 billion buy of Allergan's generics business this week, a move that saw the acquirer drop its hostile bid for Mylan NV, which it had pursued since April. While that cooled off a heated takeover battle, Mylan remains embroiled in a pair of suits, including a putative shareholder class action and another case against Teva's ex-corporate lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

Jenner and Williams & Connolly Fight to Maintain Their Privilege

Zoe Tillman : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

Both firms have recently faced subpoenas for documents related to high-profile clients.

Failed Tech Startups Fuel Insolvency Firms

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 24, 2015

In Silicon Valley, where "fail fast, fail often" is a mantra, bankruptcy lawyers stay busy, boom or bust.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Circle Pair of $48 Billion Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

Anthem's $48 billion takeover bid for Cigna and AT&T's successful $48 billion acquisition of DirecTV provided work for dozens of lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

The contest attracted 225 strong entries across 30 categories, and honors firms and legal departments involved in the globe's most distinguished deals, disputes and social initiatives.

Mozilla GC Tackles Privacy and the Internet of Things

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 20, 2015

To craft effective policies, Denelle Dixon-Thayer says lawyers should think like customers.