Managing Partner


Douglas J. Clark is managing partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Since joining the firm in May 1993 as a litigator, Doug has focused primarily on securities litigation, representing defendants in more than 70 class and derivative actions. Among many other successful outcomes for clients, he secured dismissals for Acxiom in several securities and privacy class actions at the pleading stage, as well as a dismissal on behalf of Janus Capital and its directors and officers in a Dodd-Frank "say on pay" case that is considered one of the leading decisions in the area. Doug also has represented numerous companies in SEC investigations and exchange inquiries, and advises companies and their boards of directors on governance, investigatory, and compliance matters. His clients span a wide range of industries, including software and Internet, financial services, hardware and semiconductors, energy and clean technology, retail, media and entertainment, and life sciences.

In addition to serving as managing partner, Doug was the leader of the firm's litigation department for seven years. He also has chaired the firm's Compensation Committee and served as a member of many other key committees, including the Policy Committee.

  • 3Par
  • Actel
  • Acxiom Corporation
  • Bank of America
  • Business Objects
  • Cell Therapeutics
  • Cirrus Logic
  • Cypress Semiconductor
  • Dolby
  • Electronics for Imaging
  • Infospace
  • Janus Capital Group
  • Netscape
  • Omnivision
  • Pinnacle Systems
  • Rambus
  • Rational Software
  • Seagate Technology
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Tibco
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • Wind River
  • Xinhua Finance Media Limited
  • J.D., University of Chicago, 1989
    Managing Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum
  • B.A., Political Science, Allegheny College, 1985
    Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Highest Honors
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, UC Berkeley School of Law (2011, 2012)
  • Honored with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California's Educational Equity Award in May 2013
  • Honored as a "BTI Client Service All-Star" for 2013
  • Named in the 2007 through 2018 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Legal 500 US
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York
  • Several U.S. District Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-320-4824

Email | Douglas

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