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After 31 years with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, name partner John Goodrich is retiring. Goodrich joined the original Wilson Mosher & Martin in 1970 as the firm’s eighth or ninth lawyer. Eight years later the firm took its current moniker. “It’s been a magical law practice,” said Goodrich, who will leave Jan. 31. “It’s been intellectually stimulating, has involved us in the community and businesses in transition and it’s been economically rewarding.” Goodrich, 60, said he decided it simply was a good time to retire. “It seemed I’d had a good piece of economic luck over the years,” he added. Partner Mario Rosati, who joined the firm a year after Goodrich, said his colleague is “a good businessman and lawyer” who will be missed by the firm. Rosati said his partner also has a lot of self-confidence. “One thing drove that home,” Rosati said. In 1974 Goodrich said he’d taken up flying and when Rosati expressed interest in learning, Goodrich took him out for a lesson. “He was giving me instructions and I thought ‘this is an experienced person,’” Rosati said. “I asked ‘when did you get your license?’ and he said ‘last week.’” An aviator ever since, Goodrich owns two planes and has clocked about 3,000 hours of flight time. He occasionally flies to his 10,000-acre ranch in Montana. He raises cattle — about 500 pairs of cows and their calves — which protect large fishing lakes on his property. “I love the idea of having a big ranch,” Goodrich said, although he joked that he only spends about one weekend a year there. He doesn’t expect that to change once he retires. “I sit on the boards of directors around the country and expect to stay involved in the industry,” Goodrich said. Goodrich obtained his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1966 and a master’s degree in taxation from New York University in 1970. During the firm’s early years he headed the tax department. He also has taught securities and tax law courses at Santa Clara University. With Goodrich’s departure, two name partners remain at the firm, Rosati and Larry Sonsini. John Wilson died two years ago. The firm does not plan to change its name.

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