Wilson Sonsini moves to DC to boost antitrust practice

Silicon Valley-based corporate technology powerhouse Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has transplanted its Virginia office to Washington DC.

The 28-lawyer office will move 30 miles up the road from Reston to the capital in an attempt to better serve Wilson’s client’s regulatory needs.

Chief executive John Roos told The Lawyer: “It is important for our clients and for the firm’s antitrust practice to be in the capital, and to be close to institutions like the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the International Trade Commission.”

The office has six partners and 22 associates with five of those partners and 15 associates belonging to the antitrust practice, which is in expansion mode.

Susan Creighton will rejoin the firm in May from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she has served as the director of the Bureau of Competition for two and a half years.

Preceding her move to the FTC in August 2001, Creighton had been a partner in Wilson’s head office in Palo Alto, California, specialising in antitrust counselling and litigation.

Wilson’s anti-trust practice was also bolstered back in September, with the addition of two partners from rival Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Jonathan Jacobson, Akin’s antitrust co-chair, and partner Charles Biggio joined the firm’s New York office as partners, bolstering its Manhattan team to six partners.