Matt Sonsini is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on representing private company, venture capital, and private equity clients. He has more than 20 years of experience advising technology and growth enterprises at all stages of development and the institutional investors that finance them. He also has extensive experience in public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and board governance.

From 2001 to 2008, Matt was a corporate partner in the firm's Palo Alto office. Prior to rejoining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in 2016, he was a senior member of the executive team at The Sobrato Organization (TSO), one of the largest West Coast real estate, investment, and philanthropic organizations. During his tenure at TSO, he held several leadership roles, including chief operating officer and, most recently, chief investment officer, member of the executive committee, and foundation trustee. Among other responsibilities, Matt directed the strategy and implementation of TSO's securities investment platform (Sobrato Capital), with a broad range of investments in private equity, venture capital, and public equity. Matt founded Sobrato Capital to professionalize and expand TSO's securities holdings and continues to oversee Sobrato Capital as chairman of the investment committee. In addition, he serves on TSO's executive committee, which oversees all real estate and non-real estate operations, and on the Sobrato Family Foundation's board of trustees.

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1992
  • B.A., History, Dartmouth College, 1988
    Magna Cum Laude
  • Advisory Board Member, 8VC
  • Advisory Board Member, Amplify Partners
  • Advisory Board Member, Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital
  • Advisory Board Member, Riverwood Capital
  • Member, Advisory Council, Nasdaq Private Market
  • Former Chairman, Venture Capital Subcommittee on Transactional Issues and Documents, American Bar Association
  • Former Lecturer, Securities Regulation, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and at Santa Clara University's School of Business
  • Member, West Coast Peer Exchange
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Sobrato Family Foundation
  • Member, Executive Committee, Sobrato Development Companies, LLC and Sobrato Family Holdings, LLC
  • Chairman, Investment Committee, Sobrato Capital
  • "Advising High-Technology Companies" chapter in Preparing for an Initial Public Offering, Practicing Law Institute, 2005
  • "Role of a Law Firm" in Going Public: A Guide for North American Companies to Listing on the U.S. Securities Markets, Nasdaq Publication, 2005
  • Panelist, "Institutional Investors Speak Their Minds on New VC Funds," RAISE Industry Forum for Fund Entrepreneurs and Leading Limited Partners, The Golden Gate Club, San Francisco, March 2016
  • Presenter, "Compensation and Equity Incentives," Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Entrepreneurs College, Palo Alto, November 2006
  • Presenter, KPMG Audit Committee Institute Roundtable, Santa Clara, June 2005
  • Presenter, West Coast Peer Exchange
  • State Bar of California