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12235 El Camino Real
San Diego

Just minutes from a beautiful stretch of coastline in Southern California—Torrey Pines State Reserve—our San Diego office is ideal for those who want to work with companies that are exploring new frontiers in the life sciences and technology industries.

San Diego is a great destination if you are interested in representing clients in the life science and technology industries that are developing and commercializing innovative and cutting edge therapies, devices and other technology.

Our San Diego team works closely with growing and established life sciences, pharmaceutical, and technology companies on corporate, patent, technology transactions and litigation matters at all stages of companies’ business life cycle, and we represent leading venture capital and other financial institutions who fund these companies.

With one of the largest and most sophisticated life sciences patent teams in Southern California, we handle the full range of patent counseling and litigation. Our team of recognized patent experts helps build new business models for pioneering life science and technology companies, consults on patent strategies, handles patent litigation, and helps secure technology licensing from universities and other institutions. 

From facilitating startup corporate formation to venture capital and other financing to strategic partnerships and IPOs and public company representation, you will have the opportunity to be part of the full business life cycle in the life sciences and technology industries. 

And the team is eager to meet you. Our San Diego office is a great location for summer associates: we typically hire four to eight each year, focusing on our corporate, patents and patent litigation, and biotech transactions practices.

Join Our Team

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Patents and Innovations (Counseling and Prosecution)

With the largest Life Sciences-focused patent practice in the world, Wilson Sonsini’s unmatched expertise services a diverse client base from start-ups to established industry leaders on global patent portfolio development and management. Associates learn from the best through early, hands-on experience and comprehensive training and development opportunities. You will draft and prosecute patent applications, prepare patent opinion letters and provide IP counseling to clients as well as supervise junior attorneys and patent agents. We want to hear from you if you have 1-4 years of patent prosecution law firm experience, patent bar membership, and a background in one of the following fields: cell or molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, medicinal chemistry, cancer biology, pharmacology, organic chemistry, biophysics, or digital health focused disciplines.

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Professional Development

The Legal Education Manager will work closely with the Director of Legal Education & Development; the Chief Professional Development, Engagement & Inclusion Officer; firm management; department and practice group leadership; and the broader PD team to implement relevant, effective, and dynamic legal training programs for our litigation and regulatory departments firmwide.

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Wilson Sonsini's Accelerated Consideration for Employment (ACE) program is an opportunity for applicants with a serious interest in Wilson Sonsini to get a decision from us on a much earlier timeline. For those candidates who have done their research and know where they want to be, this program offers an opportunity to begin our application process earlier and move through more quickly.

The ACE application will remain open until May 27th. We will review applications on a rolling basis, and we will conduct screening interviews the week of June 10th. Callback interviews will take place beginning on June 17th. You will be asked to submit your Fall Semester grades as part of this application. Spring Semester grades will be collected at a later time. Our general Summer Associate application will open on May 28th.

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Practice Management

The life science business advisory practice at Wilson Sonsini was formed in 2019 to provide emerging growth and more established life science companies with critical business advice and transactional support. This non-legal practice focuses on life science companies that need support raising capital, developing and evolving their business strategies, and developing and executing on partnership, licensing and M&A transactions. We are seeking to hire a Director, Life Science Business Advisory Practice, to grow the burgeoning practice. The Director will source clients and execute projects and transactions for clients to support on their business needs. The successful candidate will also support the strategic build out of the practice.

More Opportunities

If you would like to submit an application to Wilson Sonsini, but do not see an active posting for the office or practice you are interested in, please apply here.

  • Client Highlight

    Ventyx Biosciences, Inc.

    Wilson Sonsini advised Ventyx Biosciences on a $176.6 million private placement of common stock to certain qualified institutional buyers and institutional accredited investors.

Did you know?

Mentoring and training are part of our core values. We are committed to building the next generation of attorney and staff to ensure the future success of the firm. We do this while honoring the legacy of our senior colleagues and our deep roots in the client base we serve.