Chief Knowledge and Talent Officer


Chris Boyd is the chief knowledge and talent officer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads the firm's attorney recruiting, diversity, knowledge management, professional development, research services, and work allocation programs. These programs help the firm recruit and develop the best attorneys for its clients and culture, as well as provide these attorneys with the tools they need to deliver maximum value to clients.

Chris previously was a corporate and securities associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing technology and life science companies. In this role, he handled numerous initial public offerings, venture financings, and acquisitions for his clients. Chris left the practice of law in 1997 and led knowledge management programs at several companies before returning to the firm in 2001.

Following graduation from law school, Chris served as a law clerk for the Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, Chris worked as a management consultant.

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1992
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1987
  • Executive Vice President and Director, International Legal Technology Association
  • Bay Area Advisory board member, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • 10,000 Degrees San Francisco Advisory Board member
  • Former Board President, Meritus College Fund; former board member, Professional Development Consortium
  • Fellow, College of Law Practice Management
  • Recognized as International Legal Technology Association's 2016 "Knowledge Management Professional of the Year"
  • "Retaining Women in Law: New Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Women Lawyers," Ark Women Legal 2019 conference, San Francisco, California, February 2019
  • "Innovations in Legal Talent Management," Ark Law Firm Innovation Summit, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2018
  • "Avoid the Shiny Object: Why the Use Case is More Important than the Technology," Ark Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, New York, New York, October 2018
  • "Sustainable KM: Turning Treadmills Into Windmills," ILTACON 2017 conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2017
  • "Tips for Succeeding as a Law Firm Administrator," National Association for Law Placement (NALP) 2017 Annual Education Conference, San Francisco, California, April 2017
  • "Using KM to Increase Firm Profitability and Pricing Predictability," Mechanics of Law Firm Profitability, San Francisco, California, March 2016
  • "Client and Matter Profiling through the Matter Lifecycle," Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, New York, New York, October 2015
  • "What Does It Mean To Be 'Tech Savvy' in Legal Practice and Why Does It Matter?" National Association of Law Placement '14 conference, Seattle, Washington, April 2014
  • State Bar of California

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-354-4195
Email | Chris

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