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Shareholder Activism • Start-Ups and Venture Capital • Tax and Tax Equity • Technology Transactions • Trade Secret Litigation • Trademark and Copyright • Trial • White Collar THE STATS No. of attorneys: 800 No. of offices: 15 Chairman: Larry W. Sonsini Managing Partner: Douglas Clark Hiring Partners: Michael Coke, Maura Rees, Lisa Stimmell
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Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI © 2017 Vault.com Inc. 384 UPPERS • “Interesting and dynamic client base” • “Ability to work remotely” • “Opportunities to lead” DOWNERS • “Limited mentorship” • “Unpredictability of hours” • “Lack of transparency from management” NOTABLE PERKS “Satellite office associates get budget to travel to the home office regularly to build connections and relationships.” “The firm pays for your entire phone and plan (data, voice and text) and permits tethering.” SURVEY SNAPSHOT Among our survey respondents at Wilson Sonsini: • 46% were junior associates, 32% were mid-level associates, and 22% were senior associates. • 40% were former summer associates, 38% were hired as lateral associates, and 4% were hired during or after a clerkship. 43% plan to make partner, 31% plan to move in-house, and 6% plan to lateral to another firm. • UC-Berkeley, Michigan, Harvard, and Stanford were the most represented schools. BASE SALARY (2017) All offices 1st year: $180,000 2nd year: $190,000 3rd year: $210,000 4th year: $235,000 5th year: $260,000 6th year: $280,000 7th year: $300,000 8th year: $315,000 9th year+: $325,000 Summer associate: $3,462 per week EMPLOYMENT CONTACT Elizabeth Pond National Law School Recruiting Manager (650) 493-9300 [email protected] Terri Foland Senior Manager of Lateral Recruiting (650) 493-9300 [email protected]
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385 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI THE SCOOP Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati built its reputation advising some of the major tech and life sciences industries as well as the banks and venture capitalists keeping those bold experiments flush with greenbacks. It follows, then, that the firm is known for its deep roots in the tech sector and for its prominence in the historic IPOs, mergers, and litigation that shook and shaped a new economy. Rising with a Valley The Valleyspeak that made Wilson Sonsini’s name wasn’t the “like, totally!” variety. Rather, it was the firm’s thorough comprehension of its clients’ businesses and its capacity to talk the talk of Silicon Valley’s burgeoning industries. As these fields gradually took form, the firm began representing companies in all phases of growth. Since its founding in 1961, Wilson Sonsini has become a leader in tech licensing transactions, technology financings and M&A, and securities class actions. The firm began as a simple three-man shop in Palo Alto. 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
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