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 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. 

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2022)

1K - 1.5K

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No. of Partners Named (2022)

24

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2021)

75


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No. of Summer Associates (2022)

116 total (105 2Ls; 11 1Ls)


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Base Salary

1st year: $215,000

Vault Verdict

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...

Firm's Response

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...

About the Firm

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.

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 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &am...

Associate Reviews


  • “Just like its tech-heavy client base, WSGR offers associates flexible work arrangements. Even though we are still mostly remote, I have still formed lasting friendships with my colleagues and find the environment, for the most part, collegial. However, the experience can differ vastly amongst groups.”
  • “We are still working remotely, but we try to do remote get-togethers relatively often. The day-to-day atmosphere is busy, but congenial. From my experience, staff and attorneys interact a fair amount and are very polite with one another. It is expected that you are kind to anyone you work with.”
  • “Everyone is kind and approachable, and many efforts are made, at all levels of seniority, to socialize and plan group activities. The day-to-day atmosphere is laid back, respectful, and intellectually challenging.”
  • “There is a very professional atmosphere. People are friendly and invested in each other’s success. Mistakes are not tolerated, and the expectations are high, but there is a focus on rewarding success rather than punishing, embarrassing, or scaring mistakes out of people.”

Why Work Here


What You May Not Know About Us

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: 

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

JOB OPENINGS AT THIS COMPANY



  • “The firm is looking for candidates who are interested in the work we do—both in terms of the group at the firm and the types of clients we have. Candidates who are interested in tech and life sciences will be well positioned.”
  • “The firm looks for an ‘entrepreneurial’ character, and it’s up to you on how you define that. For me, it seems like a common personality amongst junior [associates] to want to maximize learning and taking ownership of [their] responsibilities.”
  • “The firm has thorough training and guidelines for interviewers. I think the firm considers smart, quirky, passionate, and diverse candidates who are willing to learn, open-minded, interested in working in a social environment, and who love the startup vibe of many of our clients. The firm is also open-minded about considering candidates who may have had an untraditional path to law school.”
  • “Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in WSGR and in the practice group. Candidates should also be able to distinguish between Wilson and other firms. Diversity, clerkship, grades, and law school attended all contribute to considerations.”

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