ROBERT G. O'CONNOR

Partner
Corporate

EXPERIENCE:

Robert (Bob) O'Connor is a corporate partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Bob's global practice focuses on the representation of high-growth enterprises, with an emphasis on those innovating in the energy, infrastructure, mobility, consumer products, and sustainability sectors, as well as the representation of venture capital and private equity firms, corporate venture groups, family offices, and impact investors that finance them. Bob serves as strategic partner to his clients and their boards of directors through a broad range of complex financing and strategic corporate transactions at all stages of their development, from inception through exit.

Bob is credited with having founded the firm's energy and infrastructure practice in 2003 and co-leads the firm's industry initiative today, which includes a cross-disciplinary team that is widely viewed as being among the preeminent energy and infrastructure practices in the country. Nationally recognized as a thought leader in the sector, Bob is a frequent speaker at prominent industry events nationally, and he is a go-to strategic partner to universities, laboratories, and accelerators committed to technology commercialization directed at energy and infrastructure innovation.

Prior to founding the firm's energy and infrastructure practice, Bob founded and served as managing partner of the firm's Salt Lake City office, during which time Bob represented many of the leading venture capital and private equity investors and technology enterprises in the region, including Altiris (sold to Symantec), Backcountry.com, High West Distillery, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Omniture (sold to Adobe Systems), Overstock.com, and SkullCandy.

Bob also serves on the board of directors of the WSGR Foundation, a philanthropic vehicle for the firm's partners to support charitable and other community organizations.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Representative enterprise clients include:
    • Building Robotics (acquired by Siemens)
    • E-Motorwerks (sold to ENEL)
    • Enlighted
    • FarmX
    • Fenix International (sold to Engie)
    • GELI
    • Generate Capital
    • High West Distillery (sold to Constellation Brands)
    • JUST Goods
    • Lucid Design Group (sold to Acuity Brands)
    • Muzik
    • Powerhive
    • PosiGen
    • Project Frog
    • Redaptive
    • Renew Financial
    • Seriforge
    • Sunrun

  • Representative investor clients include:
    • Activate Capital
    • Aster Capital
    • Braemar Energy Ventures
    • Congruent Ventures
    • Draper Fisher Jurvetson
    • E.ON
    • Element Partners
    • Emerald Technology Ventures
    • Emerson Collective
    • Enertech Capital
    • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    • NGEN Partners
    • NGP Energy Technology Partners
    • Nth Power
    • Prelude Ventures
    • Rockport Capital Partners
    • Sequoia Capital Partners
    • Tin Shed Ventures (Patagonia Works)
    • U.S. Renewables Group
    • VantagePoint Venture Partners
    • Volta Energy Technologies
    • Westly Group

    EDUCATION:
    • J.D., Loyola Law School
    • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
    ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
    • Member, Investor Advisory Board, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    • Advisory Network Member, The Cyclotron Road
    • Mentor, Elemental Excelerator
    • Mentor, Powerhouse
    • North American Advisory Board Member, Cleantech Group
    • Steering Committee, Cleantech To Market, University of California, Berkeley
    • Board Member, The Solutions Project
    HONORS:
    • Recognized among California's "Top Emerging Companies Lawyers" by the Daily Journal in 2014
    • Named in the 2007, 2011-2013, and 2015-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Named in the 2007 edition of Mountain States Super Lawyers and in the 2008 and 2009 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
    • Selected for inclusion in the 2007-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America
    • Cited in 2005 as one of Utah Business magazine's "Forty Under 40," its annual feature on 40 of the state's top business leaders under the age of 40
    • Ranked No. 1 among Utah's corporate lawyers in the 2005 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
    ADMISSIONS:
    • State Bar of California
    • State Bar of Utah

    Contact Information

    One Market Plaza
    Spear Tower, Suite 3300
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Phone | 415-947-2123

    633 West Fifth Street
    Suite 1550
    Los Angeles, CA 90071
    Phone | 323-210-2900

    Email | Bob O'ConnorROConnor@wsgr.com


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