Mark G. Parnes

General Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Mark G. Parnes

Mark G. Parnes

General Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

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Mark G. Parnes
Of Counsel

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

EXPERIENCE:

Mark Parnes is assistant general counsel of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and assists the general counsel with risk-management, ethical, and other legal aspects of law practice at the firm. Along with the Pro Bono Committee, Mark also has assumed responsibility for the firm's pro bono program. Mark's responsibilities include oversight and administration of all pro bono cases, acting as the liaison between the firm and public interest legal groups and coordinating the interests of attorneys with pro bono legal opportunities. Mark also supports the board of the WSGR Foundation (a vehicle for the firm's members to make financial contributions to the community); the WSGR Charity/Community Events Committee (which organizes numerous charity/community events throughout the year for firm employees); and the WSGR Green Team (which tries to reduce the firm's impact on the environment and promote environmental efficiency).

Mark presently represents a wide variety of nonprofits concerning corporate and litigation issues. Mark works with the following representative clients: ACE Charter School, Adolescent Counseling Services, Asylum Access, Blue Planet Network, Child Advocates, Children's Discovery Museum, D-Rev: Design Revolution, Family Connections, Fioli Center, Fresh Lifelines for Youth, InnVision Shelter Network, Living Goods, METTA Center for Nonviolence Education, New Teacher Center, Niroga Institute, Raising a Reader, Reading Partners, Silicon Valley Children's Fund, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, Sky's the Limit Fund, Sunnyvale Community Center, Sustainable Conservation, The Reach Institute, and Upwardly Global.
EDUCATION:

J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1982
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1978

HONORS:

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

ADMISSIONS:

State Bar of California

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General Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Education
J.D.
Class of 1982

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.

B.A.
Class of 1978

The University of California, Santa Barbara (commonly referred to as UC Santa Barbara or UCSB) is a public research university and one of the 10 general campuses of the University of California system. The main campus is located on a 1,022-acre (414 ha) site near Goleta, California, United States, 8 miles (13 km) from Santa Barbara and 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Tracing its roots back to 1891 as an independent teachers' college, UCSB joined the University of California system in 1944 and is the third-oldest general-education campus in the system. UCSB traces its origins back to the Anna Blake School which was founded in 1891 and offered training in home economics and industrial arts. The Anna Blake School was taken over by the state in 1909 and became the Santa Barbara State Normal School. Intense lobbying by an interest group in the City of Santa Barbara, led by Thomas Storke and Pearl Chase, persuaded the State Legislature, Governor Earl Warren, and the Regents of the University of California to move the State College over to the more research-oriented University of California system in 1944. The State College system sued to stop the takeover, but the Governor did not support the suit. A state initiative was passed, however, to stop subsequent conversions of State Colleges to University of California campuses. From 1944 to 1958 the school was known as Santa Barbara College of the University of California, before taking on its current name. When the vacated Marine Corps training station in Goleta was purchased for the rapidly-growing college, Santa Barbara City College moved into the vacated State College buildings.

Career History
General Counsel
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.

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Member, Pro Bono Committee
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.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1,000 - $2,499
2006

Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services is an American nonprofit company located in San Jose, CA. The firm provides legal services.

$1,000 - $2,499
2005

Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services is an American nonprofit company located in San Jose, CA. The firm provides legal services.

$1,000 - $2,499
2004

Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services is an American nonprofit company located in San Jose, CA. The firm provides legal services.

Political Donations
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2007

Former President of United States

$1,000
2004

Former Senator from Massachusetts

$1,000
2003

Former Senator from Massachusetts

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