Larry Sonsini

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Larry Sonsini
Born c. 1941 (age 75–76)
Rome, New York
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (B.A., J.D)
Occupation Lawyer

Larry Sonsini (born c. 1941 in Rome, New York) is an American lawyer specializing all aspects of corporate law. He is senior partner and founder[1] of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a law firm in business and intellectual property law. Sonsini has been described by Fortune as “the most influential and well-connected lawyer in the industry.”[2]

Sonsini studied securities law at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated and received his law degree from in 1966.[3] He also received his Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963.[4]

Sonsini started out counseling semiconductor companies including Cypress Semiconductor, National Semiconductor and LSI Logic. He later counseled hardware firms such as Sun Microsystems, Apple Computer, Silicon Graphics and Seagate Technology and software companies such as Novell, Sybase, WordPerfect and VMware. He has also worked for Google, Netscape and YouTube.[2] He has served as an advisor to many of the key figures in Silicon Valley history, including Steve Jobs, and the principals of Google and Hewlett-Packard.

Sonsini was recognized for his commitment to education in Silicon Valley at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's September 2012 Pioneers & Purpose event. He was honored with the Pioneer Business Leader Award, which is awarded to individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in business and education.

His son Pete Sonsini joined the venture capitial firm New Enterprise Associates in 2005.[5]


  1. ^ "Press Release: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Elects Katharine Martin as Chair of the Board - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati". 
  2. ^ a b Parloff, Roger (November 17, 2006). "Scandals rock Silicon Valley's top legal ace". Fortune. 
  3. ^ Rivlin, Gary (July 30, 2006). "A Counselor Pulled From the Shadows". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ WSGR, Larry Sonsini, Biography,
  5. ^ Scott Denne (October 17, 2011). "Pete Sonsini Brings Tech Heritage To NEA". Venture Capital Dispatch. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 6, 2016.