PALO ALTO, CA (November 8, 2021) – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced today a dramatic step forward in the continued buildout of its national litigation practice with the addition of five decorated litigators from Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Luis Li, Matthew Macdonald, Fred Rowley, and Mark Yohalem have joined Wilson Sonsini, while Eric Tuttle will be joining the firm later this month. All five members of the group, who bring vast experience with high-stakes trials, investigations, and appeals, will be partners in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
“These lawyers possess a level of talent that will benefit our clients enormously in their most significant legal disputes,” said Doug Clark, managing partner of Wilson Sonsini. “They bring diverse career experiences—from trying cases of all kinds in private practice and as prosecutors to arguing appeals throughout the country— in a cohesive group that has practiced together for years.”
Joining Wilson Sonsini’s litigation practice as of November 8 are:
Joining Wilson Sonsini later in November is:
The five-lawyer group becomes the latest—and largest—addition in a strategic initiative to augment the firm’s national litigation practice with top-tier talent. Wilson Sonsini has more than 200 litigators across the firm. In the last three months alone, the firm has added three experienced, first-chair trial lawyers as partners in California: Susan Kay Leader, a Los Angeles-based commercial litigator with a record of success in class actions and bet-the-company lawsuits; Amy Candido, a San Francisco-based litigator who focuses on patent, trade secrets, and other IP disputes; and Jordan Jaffe, a patent litigator who chaired the autonomous vehicle practice at Quinn Emanuel and is also based in San Francisco. In 2020, the firm also added Tina Sessions, a litigator focused on antitrust and IP matters who joined the San Francisco office as a partner, and Victor Jih, a litigator focused on IP and litigation strategy matters who joined the Los Angeles office as a partner.
“Wilson Sonsini’s commitment to an outstanding trial practice and its stellar, historic client base are a compelling combination,” said Li. “We look forward to working with our new colleagues, and also note our gratitude to Munger Tolles & Olson and the outstanding lawyers we worked with there.”
“Even before the arrival of this group, our national litigation practice had an undeniable momentum about it,” said Caz Hashemi, a partner at Wilson Sonsini and head of the firm’s litigation department. “They have taken that to another level, deepening the trial and appellate skills that make us the counsel of choice for the most complex, high-value, and legally challenging pieces of litigation.”
“Wilson Sonsini is well known for its innovative spirit, not to mention its success litigating cutting-edge disputes in technology, intellectual property, and other areas,” added Rowley. “We could not pass up the opportunity to be a part of the growth of this forward-thinking firm.”
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
For more than 60 years, Wilson Sonsini’s services and legal disciplines have focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the management and boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leading provider to growing and established clients seeking legal counsel to complete sophisticated corporate and technology transactions; manage governance and enterprise-scale matters; assist with intellectual property development, protection, and IP-driven transactions; represent them in contested disputes; and/or advise them on antitrust or other regulatory matters. With deep roots in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini has offices in Austin; Beijing; Boston; Brussels; Hong Kong; London; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Shanghai; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. For more information, please visit www.wsgr.com.