Complex Litigation

Cutting-edge cases. Top litigators. A career opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Join some of the country’s top litigators representing sophisticated companies on challenging cases—from class actions and commercial disputes to white collar crime and securities investigations.

With a substantial team of extraordinary litigators, the firm continues to expand its capabilities across offices. In addition to experienced trial attorneys who represent entities before juries and judges, our litigators excel at representing clients in the early stages of disputes and throughout pre-trial proceedings. The firm also has proven, experienced appellate counsel.

Our complex litigation teams are constantly looking for new talent and fresh perspectives—at both the junior and experienced attorney levels. We typically recruit 20 to 30 summer associates each year, and we bring in laterals on a rolling basis.

Commercial Litigation

Our commercial litigation attorneys represent companies in a broad spectrum of business matters, including disputes with competitors, vendors, customers, or business partners. While we recognize that some disputes can only be resolved by a jury, our attorneys also regularly help clients avoid the burden and expense of litigation through creative business solutions and the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation.

Consumer Litigation

Our consumer litigation attorneys represent companies accused of violating false advertising, consumer protection, and unfair competition laws. We’ve defended industry leaders such as Netflix, Expedia (and subsidiaries and, GoDaddy, Netgear, SanDisk, and TikTok in consumer class action cases.

Corporate Governance Litigation

Our corporate governance litigators represent companies, corporate officers, boards of directors, special board committees, and financial institutions and investors in complex contested governance matters including M&A litigation, corporate control disputes, shareholder litigation demands, and derivative lawsuits.

We also have an experienced team that represents special litigation and demand committees in conducting investigations of alleged misconduct and breaches of fiduciary duty.

Government Investigations

Our government investigations team helps clients facing all types of matters, from smaller, informal government inquiries and fact-finding efforts to large-scale, formal investigations, including parallel criminal and civil proceedings involving potentially significant financial penalties or other severe consequences.

Securities Litigation

If you want to understand the scope and success of our securities litigation team, take a look at the numbers: Between 1999 and May 2022, we defended companies in 270 federal securities class actions.

During the same period, we convinced plaintiffs’ lawyers to abandon 32 cases, we won 124 motions to dismiss all claims with prejudice, and we obtained complete summary judgment victories in 14 cases.

Trial Litigation

Our trial practice has amassed a formidable track record of success representing companies, their officers and directors, and individuals in jury and bench trials heard in federal and state courts, as well as contested matters before administrative agencies. Much of our trial experience is focused on antitrust, consumer fraud, and patent litigation.

White Collar Crime

Our white collar litigators defend clients facing numerous types of allegations, including fraud claims; price-fixing, bid-rigging, and other antitrust claims; corruption and bribery charges; consumer fraud claims; anti-kickback and whistleblower statute violations; and export controls and FCPA violations.

  • Client Highlight

    Vanessa Bryant

    Wilson Sonsini represented Vanessa Bryant in her privacy and federal civil rights suit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department related to photos from the scene of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, daughter, and several others. In August 2022, a jury unanimously determined that the department was liable for the inappropriate sharing of the photos from the scene and awarded her $15 million.

  • Client Highlight


    Court of Appeal affirmed a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed in state court against Dropbox, its officers, its board of directors, the underwriters, and certain venture capitalists for alleged violations of Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 (’33 Act).

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Attorneys receive unlimited billable hour credit for time spent on pro bono projects.