Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent innovative companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm has approximately 1,000 attorneys in 16 offices: 11 in the U.S., three in China, and two in Europe. The firm performed well in 2020, with revenues growing by nearly 18% to exceed $1 billion and profits per equity partner growing 12% to exceed $3 million, both for the first time ever.
We are seeking to hire a Manager for our team of Venture Counsel, who are lawyers dedicated to supporting our startup clients in their corporate transactions, such as incorporations and early-stage financings. The Venture Counsel Manager will help design and scale our Venture Counsel program, including hiring and managing the Venture Counsel team. There is no billable hours target for this role, however, it is expected that some of the Manager’s supervisory work will be billable. The Venture Counsel Manager will also work closely with the leadership of the firm’s Emerging Companies Practice and our Innovation team to enhance our service delivery model for early-stage clients. Since the Venture Counsels will be working heavily with our newly launched software platform Neuron, the Venture Counsel Manager will play important roles in contributing to the continued design and improvement of the software and in designing the business processes around these automation and technology tools.
This role is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
-Primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of Venture Counsel.
-Provide mentorship and career guidance for Venture Counsel.
-Be a resource for Venture Counsel to answer questions and provide guidance on client projects.
-Play a key role in developing and delivering a comprehensive training program for Venture Counsel including substantive legal knowledge, use of technology and automation tools, and client service skills.
-Ensure that each Venture Counsel is achieving targets for productivity, efficiency, profitability and excellent client service.
-Manage staffing and Venture Counsel workload.
-Ensure that Venture Counsel are maximizing use of technology and automation tools.
-Conduct informal and formal performance reviews.
-Make recommendations on compensation and performance bonuses.
-Work closely with the recruiting team to identify and hire strong Venture Counsel candidates.
-Build relationships with target law schools to build pipeline of future hires.
Experience and Qualifications
-At least 5 years’ experience performing legal work for early stage technology and life sciences companies.
-Strong leadership and mentoring skills which translate into an engaged, high-performing team of Venture Counsel.
-Strong oral and writing skills and ability to serve as the public face of the Venture Counsel program internally and externally.
-Experience or willingness to learn, adopt, and shape the Venture Counsel program to facilitate a technology-enabled legal practice.
-JD required; member of the Utah bar (will consider candidates who are not currently admitted in Utah).
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients. The firm is nationally recognized for providing high-quality services to address the legal solutions required by its enterprise and financial institution clients. Our services include corporate law and governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, antitrust counseling and litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions, tax, and employee benefits and employment law, among other areas. Our distinguished international roster of clients span a wide variety of industries, including information technology, life sciences, energy and clean technology, media and entertainment, communications, retail, and financial services. Client service is the cornerstone of our practice, and we strive to act as strategic partners to our clients by leveraging our expertise to provide innovative, responsive, and cost-effective legal services. We understand that the law is often a means to accomplish our clients' business objectives, and we pride ourselves on our intimate understanding of their industries and marketplaces. We also know that today's enterprises are facing unprecedented changes in the business, regulatory, and global landscapes, and we have the knowledge and experience to help them confidently adapt to such challenges with state-of-the-art solutions.