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.
Total No. Attorneys (2021)
No. of Partners Named (2021)
No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)
No. of Summer Associates (2021)
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...
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...
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: