Overview

Introduction

A leader in venture capital work and top ranked for intellectual property, Wilson Sonsini is a go-to firm for tech industry clients. Lawyers at the firm have an entrepreneurial mindset and strike the right balance between hard work and affability. With 950 attorneys across 16 offices around the world, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a global player with very deep tech roots. The firm has become a leader in tech licensing transactions, technology financings and M&A, and intellectual property.

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

750 - 1K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

15

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

86


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

106 total (105 2Ls; 1 1Ls)


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Base Salary

1st year: $205,000

Vault Verdict

 Having an entrepreneurial attitude will go a long way in trying to land a spot at Wilson Sonsini, as will an interest in the firm’s industries and tech clients. Candidates should brush up on behavioral interviewing and come prepared with their own questions. The firm has a hardworking yet friendly culture, where hanging out after work or on Zoom (during the pandemic) happens regularly. Transparency is positive—Wilson Sonsini has regular town hall meetings, with an opportunity for associates to ask questions. Some wish there was more insight into promotion early on. For those not seeking the partnership route, in-house positions are abundant, given the firm’s tech client base. Associates agree that the firm’s 1,950 billable-hour requirement is reasonable, and the firm’s hours...

About the Firm

 

With 950 attorneys across 16 offices around the world, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a global player with very deep tech roots. The firm has become a leader in tech licensing transactions, technology financings and M&A, and intellectual property.

Running Circles Around Everyone

Wilson Sonsini began as a simple three-man shop in Palo Alto under the name McCloskey, Wilson & Mosher. It was founded by John Wilson, Pete McCloskey, and Roger Mosher; McCloskey departed shortly thereafter in order to take a seat in Congress. Larry Sonsini became a name partner in 1973 after working at the firm for seven years. John Goodrich and Mario Rosati came on board in the early 1970s, and after Mosher’s departure, the firm took its current name of Wi...

Associate Reviews


  • “Our firm, and particularly our office, has done a great job with communicating through the pandemic. Through regular Zoom meetings, including social events and informal check-ins, we have been able to maintain some of our firm culture even during a pandemic. We're all working remotely, but we are still working together as a team.  There is definitely a sense that those managing the firm and our office do genuinely care about our well-being during the period of isolation we are experiencing.”
  • “People work hard but everyone is friendly and helpful.”
  • “Lawyers socialize in the office and after hours. Pre-pandemic, partners and associates would regularly eat lunch together or grab coffee. The firm also offers regularly scheduled snack breaks. After-hours socialization (again pre-pandemic) include associate happy hours and women's group activities.”
  • “… Zoom mentorship and check-ins have been plentiful.”

Why Work Here


What You May Not Know About Us

WSGR fosters an entrepreneurial and collaborative environment across its attorney ranks. We understand the importance of mentorship and strive to promote career growth and help our attorneys build leadership and relationship skills with clients and colleagues. We want to inspire them to think about the best strategies to enhance their practices.

WSGR’s culture encourages independence and responsibility from an early stage. We motivate our attorneys at each step of the way, helping them to contribute at a sophisticated level across all work areas and increase accountability and ownership levels.

In addition to having a robust M&A and capital markets practice, we represent and advise clients on a broad array of other legal matters, including litigation, intellectual property, employment law, taxation, employee benefits, and more. Some details: 

Diversity at Wilson Sonsini

"Wilson Sonsini is committed to the principle that diversity and inclusion are vital components of a thriving organization. We incorporate diversity considerations into all talent management practices, including recruiting, hiring, reviews, partner promotions and retention. Diversity of thought, experience, identity, and background, as well as an inclusive culture, enable our firm to deliver greater value to our clients, provide a richer work experience to our employees, and make meaningful, lasting contributions to our communities...."

Getting Hired Here


  • “Specifics vary by office, but the firm typically looks for persons with interest in tech and evolving markets (like crypto) and who have the ‘entrepreneur spirit.’”
  • “The firm recruits from all over, including T14s, but definitely hires a fair amount of summer associates from local California schools. In my opinion, it is looking for enthusiastic individuals with good attitudes who have done their research about the firm and have a demonstrated interest in the technology companies that Silicon Valley is known for (and who make up most of our clients).”
  • “In my office, the hiring is mostly lateral. It is very competitive. We recently hired an associate, but it took a significant amount of time and many interviews before we extended an offer. My group is looking for someone with prior firm experience, who can hit the ground running and does not need a lot of training. Great credentials are a must. …”

Practice Area Q&A’s


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