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Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Wilson Sonsini Goodrigh & Rosati (Wilson Sonsini for short) was recently ranked  #45 in Vault's 2011 Top 100 Law Firms.[1] The firm is also ranked #3 for Northern California law firms and #2 for their Clean Energy practice.



With over five decades of top-notch legal experience, Wilson Sonsini has numerous high-profile clients, such as Google and numerous start-up companies. The firm[2] is best known for their strong connections to the tech and life sciences sector and has worked on numerous high-profile IPO's. The firm also does a signifigant amount of litigation work that has put Wilson Sonsini in the spotlight recently.

Pro bono work is an important aspect of being an attorney at Wilson Sonsini, which works to provide legal services and volunteer work to the local communities. In 2010, the firm provided 36,000 hours of free services.

Wilson Sonsini Practice Areas

Wilson Sonsini offers a number of specialized practice areas, including:[3] 

  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Antitrust
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Business Litigation and Counseling
  • Life Sciences
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Fund Services

Wilson Sonsini Offices

Wilson Sonsini as 8 offices throughout the United States and 8 international offices:[4]

  • Palo Alto
  • San Francisco 
  • Los Angeles
  • Kirkland
  • Seattle 
  • Austin 
  • Shanghi
  • Washington, DC

Wilson Sonsini Size

Wilson Sonsini has close to 600 attorneys throughout their eight office locations.[5]

Wilson Sonsini Recruiting

When it comes to recruiting and campus interviews, the firm looks to hire the majority of their attorneys through their highly competetive summer associate program. Becuase of the highly technical nature of many of their practice areas, the firm also looks to recruit seasoned attorneys to join their team.

Wilson Sonsini Salary and Bonuses

Wilson Sonsini provides a competitive salary for its employees, in addition to the opportunity for a sizeable bonus

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year


2nd Year

3rd Year
4th Year
5th Year $170,000 $35,000

6th Year $195,000 $40,000

  • Salary based on Jan. 2006 figures[6]



  1. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Wilson-Sonsini-Goodrich-&-Rosati?companyId=427
  2. http://www.losangelespersonalinjurylawyers.co/
  3. http://www.wsgr.com/WSGR/Display.aspx?SectionName=practice
  4. http://www.milbank.com/en/Offices/
  5. http://www.wsgr.com/WSGR/index.aspx
  6. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=CA2820


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