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 its history deeply rooted in the evolution of Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini values innovation and improvement and is the leading provider of legal services to technology and life sciences clients.
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Wilson Sonsini seeks candidates with an entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in technology and innovation, and laterals are assigned a partner mentor to support integration. The culture can depend on the group in which you work, but most associates note the firm’s warm and relaxed atmosphere and collegiality across ranks. Performance reviews are conducted annually, and associates have opportunities to shadow partners, which can be counted toward the billable hour requirement. The firm operates on a 1,950 billable hour requirement, which can include unlimited pro bono hours and other non-client work. While many associates find this to be reasonable, especially appreciating the PTO program—where 40 hours of PTO count as billable time—others believe the work to be unevenly distribu...
A Strong Brand and Strategic Position Means Engaging Work with Innovative Clients
Our firm's legacy of representing innovative technology and life sciences clients means you have the opportunity--every day--to engage in interesting work and to collaborate with colleagues and clients at the...
With 950 attorneys across 18 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.
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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 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &am...
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Wilson Sonsini 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.
Wilson Sonsini'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: