Wilson Sonsini is committed to the principle that diversity and inclusion are vital components of a thriving organization. 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. Diversity and inclusion are particularly important to our firm because our exceptionally innovative technology, life science, and other emerging growth clients are also exceptionally diverse themselves.

One of the Most Diverse Law Firms in the U.S.

We are proud to be consistently recognized as one of the country's leading law firms for diversity. Some of our recent recognition includes:

  • Ranked No. 4 overall in The American Lawyer's 2019 Diversity Scorecard, continuing our history of high rankings, including three consecutive years in which WSGR ranked No. 1 overall
  • Ranked No. 1 for minority equity partners and No. 1 for minority attorneys overall in Law360's 2018 Diversity Snapshot rankings of firms with more than 600 attorneys. Law360 ranked the firm No. 1 in its first-ever listing of the 100 best U.S. law firms for racial minority attorneys in 2015.
  • Earned an "A" grade from the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin (Texas), the Austin Black Lawyers Association, the Austin Asian American Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Austin, and the Austin LGBT Bar Association in their annual survey of the hiring of minority lawyers
  • Honored with the California Bar Foundation's 2016 Leading Change Diversity Award for our commitment to greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession

A Firm Where Diverse Talent Thrives

At WSGR, diversity is not merely about numbers—it is about leadership. Our minority, women, and LGBT partners hold prominent roles at all levels of firm management, including on the following:

  • Board of Directors
  • Nominating Committee
  • Compensation Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Education Committee
  • WSGR Foundation Board of Trustees

Minority partners hold chair positions on nearly every standing committee of the firm. At the associate level, one of the two co-chairs of the Associates Committee is a minority woman, and numerous committee members are minorities.

Inside WSGR: A Demonstrated Commitment to Diversity at All Levels

Retention, career development, and promotion are key components of our diversity strategy. Consider the following:

  • Currently, 40 percent of the firm's partners and more than 55 percent of the firm's associates are either women or minorities
  • In 2017, 44 percent of the attorneys promoted to partner were women or minorities
  • 40 percent of our 2017 summer associates were minorities and 5 percent were LGBT

Beyond the Firm: Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession and in Our Community

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is actively involved with many external organizations that promote diversity, including:

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
  • Chinese American Semiconductor Professionals Association
  • Geek Girl
  • The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
  • La Raza Centro Legal
  • Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA)
  • Medtech Women
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • NewMe (a start-up accelerator for businesses led by underrepresented minorities in the tech industry)
  • Silicon Valley Japanese Entrepreneur Network
  • Tech Incubator Program for Startup (TIPS) Korea
  • theBoardlist
  • UC Hastings Center on Work Life Law
  • Watermark (a community of executive women who have risen to the top of their fields)
  • Women's Leadership Edge