DIVERSITY

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has built a culture in which employees of all backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences are encouraged and empowered to achieve their maximum potential

WSGR is committed to the principle that diversity is a core component of a thriving organization. Rather than maintaining a formal diversity policy, we approach diversity as a naturally integrated facet of our business culture.

One of the Most Diverse Law Firms in the U.S.

We are proud to be consistently recognized as one of the most diverse law firms in the country. Some of our recent recognition includes:

  • Ranked No. 3 overall in The American Lawyer's 2015 Diversity Scorecard, continuing our history of high rankings, including three consecutive years in which WSGR ranked No. 1 overall
  • Ranked No. 1 on Law360's first-ever listing of the 100 best U.S. law firms for racial minority attorneys in 2015
  • Recognized by Law360 in 2015 as the best law firm for Asian-American attorneys, one of the five best law firms for minority partners, and one of the 100 best law firms for female attorneys
  • Earned an "A" grade from the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin (Texas), the Austin Black Lawyers Association, the Austin Asian American Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Austin, and the Austin LGBT Bar Association in their annual survey of the hiring of minority lawyers

A Firm Where Diverse Talent Thrives

At WSGR, diversity is not merely about numbers—it is about leadership. Our minority, women, and LGBT partners hold prominent roles at all levels of firm management, including on the following:

  • Board of Directors
  • Strategic Practice Development Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Compensation Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • WSGR Foundation Board of Trustees

Diverse partners hold chair positions on nearly every standing committee of the firm. At the associate level, two of the three co-chairs of the Associates Committee are currently women, and numerous committee members are diverse.

Inside WSGR: A Demonstrated Commitment to Diversity at All Levels

Retention, career development, and promotion are key components of our diversity strategy. Consider the following:

  • 40 percent of the firm's partners and more than 55 percent of the firm's associates are diverse
  • 40 percent of the attorneys promoted to partner in 2015 were diverse
  • 44 percent of our 70 summer associates in 2015 were minority or LGBT law students, and 43 percent were women

Beyond the Firm: Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession and in Our Community

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is actively involved with many external organizations that promote diversity, including:

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • ChoosePossibility (dedicated to increasing the representation of women in the technology industry)
  • Chinese American Semiconductor Professionals Association
  • Geek Girl
  • The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
  • NewMe (a start-up accelerator for businesses led by underrepresented minorities in the tech industry)
  • Silicon Valley Japanese Entrepreneur Network
  • Talent Advisory Board (a research and consulting firm dedicated to advancing workforce diversity)
  • Tech Incubator Program for Startup (TIPS) Korea
  • Watermark (a community of executive women who have risen to the top of their fields)
  • Women in Sustainable Energy (WISE)