Admitted: California, 1966
Law School: University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School, J.D.
College: University of California, Berkeley
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Practice Areas: Business Law
Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Larry W. Sonsini has gained international recognition for his expertise in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been instrumental in many of the most notable IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, and other key transactions of Silicon Valley and beyond.
In addition to his duties at the firm, which included serving as chief executive officer for more than 30 years as well as chairman, Larry served as a member of the NYSE's board of directors from 2001 to 2003 and he was chairman of the NYSE's Regulation, Enforcement and Listing Standards Committee until 2008. He also teaches securities law at Stanford Law School and UC Berkeley School of Law.
Pioneer Business Leader Award, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, 2012
Named "one of the most influential players in U.S. corporate governance" by Directorship magazine in 2007 and 2010
Business Leader of the Year, Harvard Business School Association of Northern California, 2005
Business Hall of Fame Award, Bay Area Council
Community Service Award for Exemplary Leadership, National Conference for Community and Justice
Award for Achievement, California Alumni Association, University of California, Berkeley
Third Annual Visionary Award, Software Development Forum
Boalt Hall School of Law Citation Award, University of California, Berkeley
Director's Award, San Francisco Exploratorium
Special Achievement Award in Commerce and Law, National Italian American Foundation
Honorary Doctorate, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
Co-author, Creating an Effective Board, Globe White Page Boardroom Advisor Series, 2004
State Bar of California
Firm Members: Robert Tesler Leo Cunningham Michael Ladra David Steuer