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About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1961 Number of Partners 187
Number of offices 12 Partner:associate ratio 0.50
Biggest office Palo Alto Percentage of women attorneys 34.20
Number of attorneys 602 Percentage of minority attorneys 25.70
Number of associates 359 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.90
Notable cases
  • Throughout its history, the firm has handled many significant, high-profile matters for its clients. Some of the more recent significant cases include:
  • The firm's attorneys have high-profile international successes to their credit. It provided representation to a France-based energy conglomerate in its $1.3 billion acquisition of a solar-panel maker and to a leading Taiwanese manufacturer of liquid crystal displays in a patent infringement suit.
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati represented a major U.S. biotechnology company in its sale to a global pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland, an India-based software services company in a landmark Nasdaq IPO and its $1.6 billion secondary offering of American Depository Shares, and a China-based semiconductor company in its private-placement transactions and its $1.8 billion IPO of American Depository Shares.
  • WSGR obtained a $4 million verdict for family members of a Chilean economist, Winston Cabello, who was slain by the Pinochet government shortly after the military junta took control of Chile in 1973.
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati represented Autodesk, the world's leading design software and digital content company, in a breach of contract suit brought by Spatial Corporation, a subsidiary of one of Autodesk's principal competitors
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati worked with longtime client Hewlett-Packard (HP) on a landmark corporate transaction: its $19 billion purchase of Compaq Computer, the largest technology merger in history.
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati represented Broadcom, a major semiconductor manufacturer, in a multi-patent infringement action against Intel. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Broadcom obtained a complete defense verdict. The jury entered more than one hundred factual findings in the client's favor. The National Law Journal featured the verdict as one of the "Top 10" defense victories in the nation that year.
Area of practice

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Antitrust
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Business Litigation & Counseling
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Consumer Regulatory & Privacy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Copyright
  • Corporate Law & Governance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Employment Law
  • Energy & Infrastructure Finance
  • Energy Innovation & Clean Technology
  • Entrepreneurial Services
  • Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
  • Fund Services
  • Global Generics
  • Global Outsourcing Transactions
  • Greater China
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Internal & Government Investigations
  • Internet Strategy & Litigation
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • National Security
  • Patent Office Litigation
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate & Environmental
  • Retail Consumer & Advertising
  • Securities Litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility
  • Trademarks & Advertising
  • Venture Capital
  • White Collar Crime
Awards and recognitions

Wilson Sonsini is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide.
In the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a significant number of its partners and practice areas were recognized once again for excellence.
The firm is consistently recognized among Global Competition Review's "Global Elite"-a list of the top 20 competition firms in the world
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati ranked as one of the best antitrust practices worldwide in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and as one of the best antitrust practices in the United States in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati was ranked No. 2 overall in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard for the year 2012. Furthermore, in 2012 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati was ranked No. 4 on MultiCultural Law magazine's list of the "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity.


As a firm that has built its reputation on adapting to change and serving a progressive clientele, Wilson Sonsini is well aware of the worth that diverse points of view, diverse know-how, and diverse backgrounds bring to an organization. Over the past five years, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has ranked among the top firms in California for highest percentage of minority attorneys. The firm considers it a crucial part of their work ethic and feel that it lends the firm a vitality that benefits both the employees and clients.

The firm's leadership actively promotes diversity as a core value and top priority with the aim to attract, mentor, and retain the best legal talent from all backgrounds, and foster a culture in which all employees are empowered to achieve their maximum potential.

Almost a third of the firm's partners and half of the firms associates are women or belong to a racial, ethnic, or gender minority group. Whilst organizing its internal and external programs as well as in its framing of policies diversity is a value the firm takes into paramount consideration. The firm has been recognized for its diversity efforts and constantly been ranked amongst the top law firms in diversity, especially for its high-percentage of minority staff and attorneys.

With its forward-looking policies and continual attempts to improve on its diversity programs, the firm helps set a conducive environment for hiring and promoting women and minorities in both partner and management positions throughout the legal profession.

Summer associate program

The firm considers its Summer Associate Program as a valuable source of attorney recruitment. It believes that the supportive and dynamic environment the firm provides will prepare the law students to pursue a rewarding career, hopefully at Wilson Sonsini.

Summer at the firm incorporates all the things that are vital in understanding and assimilating the firm's work culture: challenging and varied work assignments, direct working relationships with innovative clients, exposure to a wide range of practicing attorneys, a comprehensive training program, and exciting social activities, that include dinners, cocktail parties, picnics, and barbeques, that allow the students to interact with one another and get to know each other in a friendly cordial atmosphere.

The program is envisaged and prepared to provide the law students an opportunity to observe and participate in the work of the nation's leading provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises. The program includes top-quality legal work with entrepreneurial clients and summer associates get to work with a talented team of attorneys.

The firm believes that the program will give the law students ample opportunities to learn more about the firm and its different areas of practice. Supervising attorneys provided liberal guidance and constructive feedback at the end of every project.

Each summer associate is assigned an associate mentor who plays an active role throughout the summer, helping to identify areas of interest, pursue assignments in those practice areas, and provide guidance, perspective, and insight.

Working for the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati welcomes talented people and is always receptive to those who are interested in joining the firm. Candidates seeking employment can be assured of a unique work environment that fosters an entrepreneurial spirit and team-oriented approach that they won't find at other law firms.

Every day, the employees of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati have the opportunity to work with exciting clients striving to develop products and services that will change the world. The firm's client base includes the who's who of prominent technology companies and other well-known growth enterprises, as well as numerous start-up companies poised to become tomorrow's industry leaders.

In addition Wilson Sonsini offers generous and competitive employee benefits and provides both attorneys and staff with continuous training and career development programs designed to help the candidates achieve their professional goals.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LOCATIONS


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Headquarters

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Office

5300 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA

425-576-5800 phone
425-576-5899 fax


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Office

1301 Avenue of The Americas
New York City, NY

212-999-5800 phone
212-999-5899 fax


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Office

2795 East Cottonwood Parkway ,
Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT

801-993-6400 phone
801-993-6499 fax


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Office

900 South Capital of Texas Highway ,
5th Floor
Austin, TX

512-338-5400 phone
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