Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Names Thirteen New Partners
-- Promotions Reflect Firm's National Presence --
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
PALO ALTO, CA (November 13, 2006) - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, today announced that it has elected 13 new partners. The appointments are effective February 1, 2007.
"This year's group of new partners is indicative of the firm's growing national presence, from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, as we continue to strengthen key practice areas," said John Roos, chief executive officer. "We are proud to welcome these highly talented new partners and look forward to their ongoing contributions to the firm and our clients."
The new partners are:
Scott Anthony, Corporate & Securities. Based in Palo Alto, Anthony received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law in 1996. Specializing in mergers and acquisitions, he also is experienced in a broad range of general corporate and transactional matters and is an active member of the firm's China practice.
Jon Avina, Corporate & Securities. Based in Palo Alto, Avina received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997. He assists private and public companies in transactions such as venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions, and also represents a variety of venture capital and investment banking firms.
Lawrence Chu, Corporate & Securities. Based in San Francisco, Chu received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1998. He represents domestic and foreign companies in mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions across many industries, in addition to serving numerous private equity funds and banking clients. Chu recently joined the firm from Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and London, and will relocate to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's New York office next year.
Mark Fitzgerald, Corporate & Securities. Based in Reston/D.C., Fitzgerald received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1996. His practice focuses on the representation of technology clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, as well as assisting clients with such matters as early-stage venture financing and complex cross-border transactions.
Parag Gheewala, Intellectual Property. Based in Seattle, Gheewala received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1997. He has experience with a wide variety of domestic and international transactions involving technology and intellectual property, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, and product development, licensing, and marketing relationships.
Michael Levin, Intellectual Property. Based in Palo Alto, Levin received his J.D. from UCLA Law School in 1994. He specializes in intellectual property litigation and counseling for technology companies, with a focus on patent litigation involving software, networking, telecommunications, and business methods.
John Mao, Corporate & Securities. Based in Palo Alto, Mao received his J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1996. With particular expertise in debt finance, his practice covers a broad range of general corporate and transactional matters, including the representation of venture-backed corporations, public corporations, venture capital funds, and venture lending funds.
Peter Munson, Intellectual Property. Based in San Diego, Munson received his J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1997. His practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, including litigation, prosecution, licensing, and other transactions, as well as counseling clients on other related business matters.
Philip Oettinger, Corporate & Securities. Based in Palo Alto, Oettinger received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1994. His life sciences practice focuses primarily on medical device, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies, which he assists with corporate governance matters, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity financings.
Nicholas Porritt, Litigation. Based in Reston/DC, Porritt received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1996. A specialist in securities litigation, he has defended public corporations and individuals in class action lawsuits, derivative actions, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and SEC enforcement actions.
Michael Russell, Corporate & Securities. Based in Palo Alto, Russell received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993. He advises companies, investment banks, venture capital firms, and other clients on a broad range of corporate and securities matters and has extensive transactional experience.
Jason Sebring, Corporate & Securities. Based in San Francisco, Sebring received his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1998. He counsels companies on a wide variety of transaction-related securities law issues, representing them in mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, strategic alliances, public equity offerings, and other transactions.
David Stevens, Intellectual Property. Based in San Diego, Stevens received his J.D. from UCLA Law School in 1994. Working with both early-stage and public companies, his practice is focused on structuring and negotiating technology-related transactions, with an emphasis on assisting biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies.
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's broad range of services and legal disciplines is focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the management and boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law. With long-standing roots in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offices in Austin, New York, Palo Alto, Reston, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. In addition, the firm plans to open an office in Shanghai, China, in late 2006, as well as relocate its Reston office to Washington, D.C., in early 2007. For additional information, please visit www.wsgr.com.