Larry  Sonsini

Larry Sonsini

Chairman
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Larry Sonsini, chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), is an expert in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been instrumental in many of the most notable initial public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, and other key transactions of Silicon Valley and beyond.

In addition to his duties at WSGR, which include serving as CEO for more than 30 years, Sonsini served as chairman of the New York Stock Exchange's (NYSE) Commission on Corporate Governance and on the NYSE board of directors from 2001 to 2003. He was chairman of the NYSE's Regulation, Enforcement and Listing Standards Committee until 2008.

Sonsini has served on numerous advisory boards and committees, including SEC's Advisory Committee on Capital Formation and Regulatory Processes, ABA Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, and Legal Advisory Board of NASD Inc. Additionally, he is a member of the board of trustees and a founding fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.

In 1999 Sonsini was selected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a trustee of Santa Clara University (SCU) and was recently chosen as honorary chair of SCU's High Tech Law Institute. He was formerly a trustee at the University of California, Berkeley (1990–1996) and has served on the Berkeley Technology Law Journal board of advisors. He has taught at Stanford Law School and at Berkeley School of Law.

Sonsini holds an AB degree in political science and a JD degree from the University of California, Berkeley.