Biography/resume for John V Roos - new US Ambassador to Japan

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					John V. Roos Chief Executive Officer Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 650 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304

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John Roos is the chief executive officer of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a member of the firm's board of directors. Prior to becoming CEO in February 2005, John had been the firm's managing director of professional services. He has been a partner at the firm since 1988.

John's corporate practice focuses on the representation of growth companies in the corporate finance and securities areas. He represents both privately held and public companies across a broad range of industries, including electronics, computers and software, and life sciences.

He has represented many major Silicon Valley companies during mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. He also has represented numerous start-up and early-stage companies in venture capital financings and other private placements of securities.


* J.D., Stanford Law School, 1980 Member, Stanford Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif * Undergraduate degree, Stanford University, 1977 With Honors and Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa


* Selected for inclusion in 2007, 2008, and 2009 editions of Best Lawyers in America * AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell


* State Bar of California

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Description: Lawyer John Roos likely choice as next U.S. envoy to Japan WASHINGTON, May 19 KYODO California-based lawyer John Roos has emerged as President Barack Obama's likely choice as the next ambassador to Japan, a source close to Japan-U.S. relations said Tuesday. The source said the formal choice will be announced soon. If nominated and approved by the Senate, Roos, one of Obama's top fundraisers during the presidential campaign, will serve as the point man of U.S. policy on Japan, a key ally in Asia. The post of ambassador to Japan was initially to be awarded to Joseph Nye, a Harvard University professor emeritus and former assistant secretary of defense. But Roos is now seen as more suitable since he enjoys strong personal ties with Obama, similar to those between former President George W. Bush and his envoy to Japan, Thomas Schieffer. Roos is little known among U.S. and Japanese officials, raising some doubt about his qualifications. Roos graduated from Stanford University's law school in 1980. He is chief executive officer of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a law firm in Silicon Valley. For his part, Nye said recently he is honored to be cited as a likely choice for the Japan post but that nothing is formal.