Senior Director of Professional Services


Chris Boyd is the senior director of professional services at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads the firm's attorney recruiting, knowledge management, and professional development programs. These programs help the firm recruit, develop, and retain the best attorneys for its clients and culture, and 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
  • Advisory board member, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Chair, Knowledge Advisors, International Legal Technology Association
  • Member, Meritus College Fund Advisory Council
  • Former Board President, Meritus College Fund; former board member, Professional Development Consortium
  • Recognized as International Legal Technology Association's 2016 "Knowledge Management Professional of the Year"
  • "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
  • "50 Shades of Metrics: Finding the Hot-Button Metrics Firms Actually Care About," International Legal Technology Association '13 conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2013
  • "Disruption, Transformation, and a Matter-Centric View of Process," KM in the Legal Profession, New York, New York, October 2012
  • "Using Document Management Systems for KM," International Legal Technology Association 2012 conference, Washington, D.C., August 2012
  • "Getting More Bang for Your Buck: Re-purposing and Re-using CLE Content," Association for Continuing Legal Education 47th Mid-Year Meeting, San Francisco, California, January 2011
  • "Crossing the Chasms," International Legal Technology Association 2009 Conference, Washington, D.C., August 2009
  • "Maximizing the Impact and Value of KM on a Minimal Budget," KM Legal 2009 conference, London, England, April 2009
  • "Combining KM with Other Practice Support Functions to Deliver Value Directly to Clients," Capitalizing on the Client-Focused Practice Support Function, New York, New York, March 2008
  • "Organizational Learning + Knowledge Management = Better Performance," Knowledge Leadership Forum, New York, New York, April 2007
  • "Integrating Professional Development and KM for Maximum Performance," Professional Development Consortium, Toronto, Canada, July 2006
  • "KM and Professional Development," KM for the Legal Profession, New York, New York, February 2006
  • "Getting the Most "K" from the Least 'M,'" KMWorld, San Jose, California, November 2005
  • "Measuring ROI in Law Firm KM Programs," KM for the Legal Profession, Chicago, Illinois, October 2005
  • "Practical Innovations in Law Firm Professional Development Programs," Law Firm Executive Directors' Roundtable, San Francisco, California, September 2005
  • State Bar of California

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-354-4195
Fax | 650-493-6811
Email | Chris

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