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Wilson Sonsini

Our Survey Says


Wilson Sonsini takes care of its associates, whether through quality work experience, professional development, or some unique perks. Hiring focuses more on work experience and entrepreneurialism rather than the usual law school metrics of top law schools and top grades. This contributes to the firm’s relaxed atmosphere where people are pleasant and courteous, and where personal lives and interests are respected. Partners are kind, concerned about associates and their workloads, and accessible for professional and career guidance. Even with established training and mentoring systems in place, partners and senior attorneys make themselves available to answer questions and provide feedback. They also help laterals transition into the firm and help them get work assignments. Assignments themselves for associates are challenging and often include client interaction early on. Projects generally seem to be assigned equitably, though some associates get work based on experience and prior work with specific partners. Wilson Sonsini sets a challenging but manageable billable hour requirement of 1,950 hours and offers work-from-home flexibility. Associates are content with compensation that follows the market, as they are with innovative technology and the supportive tech team. Wellness programs are plentiful, and associates especially appreciate that the first 40 hours of vacation count as billable time. Pro bono hours also count as billable, with no cap, and are supported by the firm. Diversity efforts are well received, with many affinity groups, women in leadership positions, and billable credit for related activities. Partnership prospects seem reasonable, and agreeable options exist for promotion to counsel or senior associate, as well as external moves in-house, with the government, or with smaller boutique firms.

Wilson Sonsini

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: (650) 493-9300

Firm Stats

Board Chair: Katharine Martin
Managing Partner: Douglas Clark
Hiring Partners: Wendy Devine, Jeana Kim, John McGaraghan, Deborah Smith, Libby Weingarten, Lianna Whittleton
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $235,000
3rd year: $260,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $365,000
6th year: $390,000
7th year: $420,000
8th year: $435,000 Summer Associate: $18,750 monthly

Employment Contact

Cherie Beffa
Director, Attorney Recruiting
Elizabeth Pond
Senior Manager, Firmwide Law School Recruiting
(650) 493-9300
Robin Schallert
Senior Manager, Law School Recruiting
(650) 493-9300

No. of U.S. Offices: 14

No. of International Offices: 5

Major Office Locations

Palo Alto, CA (HQ)
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Boulder, CO
Century City, CA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA (Financial District)
San Francisco, CA (SOMA)
Salt Lake City, UT
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE
Hong Kong

Major Departments

Capital Markets
Corporate Governance
Emerging Companies
Employee Benefits and Compensation
Employment Litigation
Energy and Climate Solutions
Export Control and Sanctions
Finance and Structured Finance
Fund Services
Greater China
Intellectual Property
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patents and Innovations
Patent Litigation
Privacy and Cybersecurity
Regulatory and Compliance
Complex Litigation and Investigations
Technology Transactions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.