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 2016 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 and ranked No. 4 in 2016
  • 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
  • Education 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 60 percent of the firm's associates are either diverse or women
  • More than half of the attorneys promoted to partner in 2016 were either diverse or women
  • 34 percent of our 2016 summer associates are minorities and 8 percent are LGBT

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
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
  • The Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
  • La Raza Centro Legal
  • Medtech Women
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Silicon Valley Japanese Entrepreneur Network
  • theBoardlist
  • Watermark (a community of executive women who have risen to the top of their fields)
  • Women's Leadership Edge