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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • Designation: Palo Alto
  • Head Count: 698
  • Gross Revenues: $735,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,055,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,215,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 8

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a Palo Alto-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has 698 attorneys and is the 55th largest firm in the United States.  With $735,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 45th on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2015 Global 100 survey, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosatiranked as the 55th 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 45 8 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 45 8 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 59 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 96 -15 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 3 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 118 -19 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 27 4 Summer programs

In the News

Tech Continues to Drive Growth at Calif. Firms

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : July 08, 2016

Valley specialists like Gunderson saw head counts surge, while firms with more general practices like Latham & Watkins also saw an uptick in the state and nationally.

In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litig.

: New Jersey Law Journal : July 07, 2016

Company's Disregard of Its Promise to Protect Online Privacy Actionable

T&E Practices Still Kicking at Midsized New Jersey Firms

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : July 06, 2016

Celebrity deaths and estate tax repeal efforts have a way of raising the profile of trusts and estate practices. Both of those have been in the news this year, and both highlight the fact that many top law firms turned away from those practices. But at midsized firms in New Jersey, T&E was never dead and buried, practitioners say.

Ex-Judge Grewal Gets Satiric Send-Off in Twitter TCPA Ruling

Scott Graham : The Recorder : July 05, 2016

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria used his former colleague's Twitter feed to make a point about unwanted texts.

Orrick Hires Silicon Valley Vet with International Credential

Scott Graham : The Recorder : July 04, 2016

After managing the patent system for the UN, James Pooley goes back to Big Law to help clients with trade secret cases.

In Chambers With S.F.'s Newest Magistrate Judge

Ross Todd : The Recorder : June 30, 2016

Judge Sallie Kim on her decision-making process and what she wants from lawyers in settlement conferences.

Wilson Sonsini Hosts GC Series Discussion Regarding Del. Law

: Delaware Law Weekly : June 29, 2016

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati held a general counsel series discussion on the issues raised by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and how the SEC's heightened focus on Silicon Valley could impact companies.

How One Silicon Valley Firm Beat the Odds and Made Big Gains

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : June 27, 2016

Bay Area-based firm cites work in venture funding deals behind 26 percent rise in head count.

Did Wilson Sonsini Dictate Terms to Microsoft?

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 24, 2016

That's one way to understand a data analysis that found the firm's fingerprints all over the agreement to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

IN BRIEF: Parents Offer Newtown Deal

: The National Law Journal : June 20, 2016

The parents of two first-graders killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are offering to settle their wrongful-death lawsuit against Newtown, Connecticut, and its Board of Education for $5.5 million each. Plus more in this week's column.

Deal Watch: Morgan Lewis Makes Work for BASF

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 17, 2016

From industrial chemicals to traffic cones, one of the last weeks of spring provided a plethora of transactional opportunities for dozens of Am Law 100 firms.

Six Firms Connect to $26.2B Acquisition of LinkedIn Network by Microsoft

James Booth and Brian Baxter : New York Law Journal : June 16, 2016

A half-dozen Am Law 100 firms have landed roles on one of the year's largest technology deals, Microsoft Corp.'s proposed $26.2 billion acquisition announced Monday of LinkedIn Corp.

$26 Billion LinkedIn Sale To Microsoft Handled By These Law Firms

Bloomberg News : Daily Business Review : June 14, 2016

Simpson Thacher advised Microsoft and Wilson Sonsini represents LinkIn on the dela valuing the networking site at $196 per share.

Five Firms Grab Roles on Latest Cybersecurity Transaction

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 13, 2016

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Fenwick & West, Ropes & Gray, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are advising on Symantec Corp.'s $4.65 billion buy of Blue Coat Systems Inc. from buyout giant Bain Capital LP.

V&E Hires Five IP Litigators in Austin, Dallas

Brenda sapino jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : June 13, 2016

Houston-based Vinson & Elkins hires five litigators who do IP work, with four coming from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and one from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 13, 2016

Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

For IPOs, Two Law Firms Could be Better than One

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 09, 2016

When tech companies go public, they almost always hire a single law firm. But Square's initial public offering suggests that could change.

Amid Leadership Changes, Chancery Court's Output Low in 2016

Tom McParland : Delaware Law Weekly : June 08, 2016

After months of judicial reshuffling, the Delaware Court of Chancery's published output for the first five months of the year has hit a low last seen in 2014, when the court underwent a change in its leadership.

Dropbox GC to Leave Law Behind

DAVID RUIZ : Corporate Counsel : June 08, 2016

Dropbox Inc. general counsel Ramsey Homsany is leaving his post, the company confirmed Tuesday. He will be replaced by Bart Volkmer, head of litigation and regulatory, starting June 20.

Wilson Sonsini Adds to Tech Transactions Group With Fried Frank Hire

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2016

Daniel Glazer is the latest lawyer in the technology startup world to switch firms in New York.

Deal Watch: Baker Botts, Bracewell Get Jolt From Utility Union

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 02, 2016

The Lone Star State firms are working with two other Am Law 100 firms in advising on Great Plains Energy Inc.'s $12.2 billion buy of Westar Energy Inc., the latest sign of consolidation in the utilities sector.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 02, 2016

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

What Were the Top Deals in 2015?

: Texas Lawyer : June 01, 2016

Round Rock-based Dell's pending acquisition of computer storage company EMC for an estimated $67 billion tops the list of the 10 biggest Texas deals announced in 2015.

The Lawyers Behind the 0.1 Percent

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : May 31, 2016

Inside the clubby world of the trusts and estates bar, which is making a resurgence at some firms.

Am Law 100 Firms' Delaware Presence Stresses State's Strategic Importance

Tom McParland : Delaware Law Weekly : May 27, 2016

Of the nation's 100 top-grossing law firms, 21 operate offices in Wilmington, highlighting both the prominence of Delaware's legal market and the influence national firms have been able to exert in the First State.

Fenwick Chair on Firm's New York Expansion

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 25, 2016

Richard Dickson explains why Fenwick's brand works in New York—and why it waited so long to make its play.

Fenwick Opening New York Office to Tap Tech Transactions

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 24, 2016

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West, in a growth spurt amid rising revenue from tech transactions, will open a six-partner New York office next month, the firm has announced.

Diversity Scorecard: Minorities Make Small Gains in Big Law

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Our Diversity Scorecard finds that just over 15 percent of U.S. lawyers at big firms are members of a minority group.


: The National Law Journal : May 23, 2016

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

In-House Impact Winner: Teri Little, KLA-Tencor

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 20, 2016

The KLA-Tencor GC parachuted in mid-sale and handled it with a "ridiculous" amount of grace.