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Katharine A. Martin

Katharine A. Martin

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Corporate Law & Governance
Entrepreneurial Services
Mergers & Acquisitions
Venture Capital

Katharine (Katie) Martin is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office, where she practices corporate and securities law. She currently serves as a member of the firm's board of directors, its governing body, and previously served as a member of the Policy Committee and as the leader of the firm's business law department.

Katie 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 financings.

Katie 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.


  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1987
    Order of the Coif; Great Distinction; Staff Writer and Assistant Editor, Pacific Law Review (1986-1987); Author, "Disbrow Confronts Proposition 8: Will Miranda Violative Statements Be Admitted to Trial for Impeachment?"
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1984


  • Director, Nuance Communications, Inc.
  • Director, WildAid, an international nonprofit wildlife-preservation agency
  • Director, WSGR Foundation, a nonprofit organization
  • Former Director, The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, a nonprofit organization


  • Recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in California" for 2011
  • Named among Lawdragon's "500 Leading Lawyers in America" for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014

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