Patrick Schultheis leads the corporate department at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and is the managing partner of the firm's Seattle office. He was formerly a member of the firm's board of directors and Policy Committee. He joined the firm in 1989, and opened the Pacific Northwest office in December 1998.

Patrick's practice focuses on the representation of technology, life sciences, healthcare, and other growth companies throughout the United States and internationally. These companies range from start-ups to large public companies. In addition, Patrick regularly represents underwriters and venture capital investors in transactions throughout the world. Patrick has extensive transactional experience in public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and private financings.

Patrick is active in numerous civic and professional organizations, and is a frequent speaker on topics relating to securities laws and corporate governance.


  • Companies represented in public offerings include:
    • Fusion-io
    • Juno Therapeutics
    • Micron
    • NanoString Technologies
    • Nighthawk Radiology
    • Omniture
    • RealNetworks
    • Trubion Pharmaceuticals

  • Underwriters represented in public offerings include:
    • Goldman Sachs
    • JP Morgan
    • Merrill Lynch
    • Morgan Stanley

  • Companies represented in mergers and acquisitions transactions include:
    • Avocent in multiple acquisitions, as well as its sale to Emerson
    • Calistoga Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by Gilead Sciences
    • Classmates Online in its acquisition by United Online
    • in its acquisition by Walgreens
    • iConclude in its acquisition by Opsware
    • NightHawk Radiology in its acquisition by Providence Equity
    • Omniture in multiple acquisitions, as well as its sale to Adobe
    • RealNetworks in multiple acquisitions
    • ShareBuilder in its acquisition by ING Direct
    • World Wide Packets in its acquisition by Ciena

  • Companies represented in private equity or venture capital financings include:
    • Apptio
    • Calistoga Pharmaceuticals
    • Domo
    • ExtraHop
    • Impinj
    • Juno Therapeutics
    • nLIGHT Photonics
    • Skytap

  • Venture capital investors represented in financings include:
    • Frazier Healthcare Ventures
    • Ignition Partners
    • Madrona Venture Group
    • Oak Investment Partners
    • Polaris Ventures
    • Voyager Capital
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1989
  • A.B., History, Stanford University, 1986
    With Distinction and Departmental Honors
  • Member, Advisory Board, Washington Chapter of the Institute for Justice
  • Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Members Club at Aldarra
  • Honored as the 2016 M&A Law "Lawyer of the Year" for Seattle by Best Lawyers
  • Honored as Best Lawyers' "Seattle Securities Lawyer of the Year" for 2011
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by Washington CEO Magazine, 2008
  • Named as a top corporate attorney in the 2004-2019 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, which praised his corporate work, with one peer commenting that "he's amazing at taking companies public, and has a great reputation"
  • Recognized in the 2000-2017 editions of Washington Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2006-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected as one of the top 100 vote getters in the 2007 and 2010 Washington Super Lawyers poll
  • Advisor, East Coast Board Committee Peer Exchange, Corporate Board Member, New York, New York, 2007-2014
  • Advisor, West Coast Board Committee Peer Exchange, Corporate Board Member, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2013
  • Advisor, West Coast Board Committee Peer Exchange, Corporate Board Member, San Diego, California, March 2010
  • Panelist, "Latest Developments in Capital Market Deals," webcast, October 2008
  • Co-chair, Ernst & Young IPO Conference, November 2007
  • Panelist, SEC "Hot Topics" Institute, Seattle, Washington, 2005-2015
  • "Financing Innovation & Growth—The CEO's Agenda," Ninth Annual Ernst & Young IPO Transformation CEO Retreat, Dana Point, California, May 2005
  • "A Perfect Storm: Practicing Law at the Convergence of Private Securities Litigation, SEC Enforcement, and Criminal Proceedings," Northwest Securities Institute, Portland, Oregon, February 2005
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit