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Katharine Martin, ’87, is chair of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s board of directors.

Katharine Martin, ’87, is the chair of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s board of directors and a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office, where she practices corporate and securities law. Martin previously served as a member of the Policy Committee and as the leader of its business law department. 

Martin has extensive experience in representing public companies. Her practice includes all aspects of company representation, including corporate governance, SEC compliance, 1934 Act issues, public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions. She also has represented underwriters in public offerings and issuers and investors in private equity financing. 

Recognized in various editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global, Martin described as “especially gifted at handling significant equity offerings, including IPOs, and private investments, on behalf of issuers, sponsors, and investment banks.” In 2021, she was honored as a “Top Lawyer of the Decade” by the Daily Journal, and in 2017, 2018, and 2019 Daily Journal’s “Top Women Lawyers” in California. 

Martin joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in 1999, after 12 years at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP where she was a partner. She is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisition topics, presenting at such venues as PLI, Corporate Board Member, and the SEC Institute. 

Martin led the team at her firm that advised Twitter, Inc. on a $44 billion acquisition in 2022 by Elon Musk.


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.  

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary.