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Local lawyers may be jealous that Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is representing Google Inc. in the mega IPO it filed papers for Thursday, but few are surprised.

The firm has been a shoo-in for years.

Wilson Sonsini has represented the popular Internet search engine outfit since firm Chairman Larry Sonsini incorporated the company in 1998. And David Drummond, Google’s director of corporate development and general counsel, is a former Wilson Sonsini partner.

“I can’t imagine a better position to be pitching from,” said Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Rod Howard of Wilson Sonsini’s selection as company counsel. “It’s kind of yours to lose.”

The selection of the Palo Alto-based firm reinforces its standing as a dominant Silicon Valley player. Google, based in Mountain View, said it plans to raise as much as $2.72 billion in its stock market coming-out party.

Even in good times, this would be a drool-worthy sum. After three years of the dot-com bust, it’s manna from heaven.

Like other local firms, the tech drought left Wilson Sonsini thirsting for emerging company deals and IPOs.

“A deal like this will always heighten their profile and strengthen their capability on the corporate side,” said Julie Qureshi of Solutus Legal Search. “But I don’t think the representation of Google will catapult them into another stratosphere. Rather, it will continue to enhance Wilson’s reputation in their representation of startup companies.”

Larry Sonsini will lead a team consisting of partners David Segre, Christian Montegut and associates Donald Harrison, Ricardo Velez and Phoung Phillips.

New York-based Simpson Thacher & Bartlett will represent underwriters Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston in the IPO.

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