Douglas J. Clark

Managing Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Douglas J. Clark

Douglas J. Clark

Managing Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Biography

Managing Partner

EXPERIENCE:

Douglas J. Clark is managing partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Since joining the firm in May 1993 as a litigator, Doug has focused primarily on securities litigation, representing defendants in more than 70 class and derivative actions. Among many other successful outcomes for clients, he secured dismissals for Acxiom in several securities and privacy class actions at the pleading stage, as well as a dismissal on behalf of Janus Capital and its directors and officers in a Dodd-Frank "say on pay" case that is considered one of the leading decisions in the area. Doug also has represented numerous companies in SEC investigations and exchange inquiries, and advises companies and their boards of directors on governance, investigatory, and compliance matters. His clients span a wide range of industries, including software and Internet, financial services, hardware and semiconductors, energy and clean technology, retail, media and entertainment, and life sciences.

In addition to serving as managing partner, Doug was the leader of the firm's litigation department for seven years. He also has chaired the firm's Compensation Committee and served as a member of many other key committees, including the Policy Committee.

SELECT CLIENTS:
* 3Par
* Actel
* Acxiom Corporation
* Bank of America
* Business Objects
* Cell Therapeutics
* Cirrus Logic
* Cypress Semiconductor
* Dolby
* Electronics for Imaging
* Infospace
* Janus Capital Group
* Netscape
* Omnivision
* Pinnacle Systems
* Rambus
* Rational Software
* Seagate Technology
* Silicon Valley Bank
* Tibco
* Williams-Sonoma
* Wind River
* Xinhua Finance Media Limited

EDUCATION:
* J.D., University of Chicago, 1989
Managing Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum
* B.A., Political Science, Allegheny College, 1985
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Highest Honors

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
* Board Member, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
* Adjunct Faculty Member, UC Berkeley School of Law (2011, 2012)

HONORS:
* Honored with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California's Educational Equity Award in May 2013
* Honored as a "BTI Client Service All-Star" for 2013
* Named in the 2007 through 2018 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
* Selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Legal 500 US

SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
* "Supreme Court Upholds Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption in Halliburton," The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, June 24, 2014
* "Why Merger Cases Settle," boardmember.com, June 2013
* Co-author with M. Mayer, "Anatomy of a Merger Litigation," boardmember.com, February 2012
* "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Defense Perspective on the Supreme Court's 2011 Securities Class Action Decisions," 19 The Corporate Governance Advisor 6, 2011
* Co-author with E. Kouvabina, "Do Top-Up Options Violate California's 50/90 Rule?" boardmember.com, February 2011
* Co-author with D. Berger, I. Salceda, and A. Kim, "Delaware Chancery Court Upholds Reasonableness of Board Strategy in Merger Transaction," The M&A Lawyer, Vol. 14, No. 9, October 2010
* "Opening the Floodgates: The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions' Impact on Corporate America," boardmember.com, October 2010
* "When Is Managing to a Forecast Illegal 'Earnings Management'?" Insights, May 2008
* "Securities Class Action Landscape," Journal of International Disclosure, May 2006
* "How Safe Is the Safe Harbor?" wsgr.com, June 2005
* "Securities Class Action Landscape," Journal of International Disclosure, May 2005
* "What to Do When You Are Sued for Securities Fraud," wsgr.com, October 2004

ADMISSIONS:
* State Bar of California
* State Bar of New York
* Several U.S. District Courts
* U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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Class of 1989

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

BA in Political Science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Highest Honors
Class of 1985

Allegheny College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in northwestern Pennsylvania in the town of Meadville, approximately 35 miles (56 km) south of Erie. Founded in 1815, Allegheny is the oldest college in continuous existence under the same name west of the Allegheny Mountains. Allegheny is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the North Coast Athletic Conference, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCH). In Spring 2012, U.S. News ranked Allegheny as the #1 up-and-coming national liberal arts college.

Memberships
Managing Editor
Prior

The University of Chicago Legal Forum is a student-edited journal that focuses on a single cutting-edge legal issue every year, presenting an authoritative and timely approach to a particular topic. Each Fall, the Legal Forum hosts a symposium, with the participants then contributing articles for the volume.

Career History
Managing Partner
1993 - Current

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past five decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector.The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors.Their broad range of services and legal disciplines are focused on serving the principal challenges faced by management and the boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions.The firm has offices in Austin, Georgetown, DE, Hong Kong, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.

Adjunct Faculty Member
2011 - 2012

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.

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$10K +
2013

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is a nonprofit, legal services organization assisting California’s low-income working families for more than 90 years. The LAS–ELC helps people protect their workplace rights regardless of their ability to pay. Its work is supported by charitable contributions, foundation grants, the Legal Services Trust Fund, and court awarded attorneys’ fees. They are not recipients of Legal Services Corporation funds. Volunteers provide essential support that enables LAS–ELC to take cases that would otherwise be unable to accept.

$5,000 - $10K
2012

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is a nonprofit, legal services organization assisting California’s low-income working families for more than 90 years. The LAS–ELC helps people protect their workplace rights regardless of their ability to pay. Its work is supported by charitable contributions, foundation grants, the Legal Services Trust Fund, and court awarded attorneys’ fees. They are not recipients of Legal Services Corporation funds. Volunteers provide essential support that enables LAS–ELC to take cases that would otherwise be unable to accept.

Political Donations
$1,000
2010

Founder at One Woman Initiative

$250
2010

Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer at Advantage Capital Partners

$1,000
2010

Former Limited Partner at Lead Edge Capital Management LLC

Awards & Honors
2018
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
2017
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
2016
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
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