My name is PATRICK J. SCHULTHEIS and I am a corporate lawyer at
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. I have been practicing law for
29 years, all of them at the same firm. In 1998, I moved from Palo Alto,
CA (WSGR’s headquarters), to Washington in order to open the firm’s
first branch office. Since that time, the Seattle office has grown from four
attorneys to more than 65 attorneys. I represent technology and life
sciences companies on all corporate law and securities law matters, from
raw startups to multibillion dollar companies. In 2017, I was named chair
of the firm’s Corporate Department, which consists of 400 lawyers around
Bar No. 28723
Law School: University of Chicago
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Patrick Schultheis and his friends
have been playing a game of tag for
nearly 30 years and their story has now
been made into a movie called Tag. You
can find our full Q&A with Schultheis
about the game online at NWSidebar.
I became a lawyer because my
father was a long-time judge in
Spokane, so I was familiar with the
profession and I thought it would be
a good way to employ my analytical
skills in a way that was interesting.
My greatest accomplishment as a
lawyer is starting the Seattle office
of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Technology has changed the
practice of law by enabling lawyers
to practice anywhere they happen
I enjoy reading spy novels. They
take my mind off work before I go
Nobody would ever suspect that
I am a great cook.
My best recipe I make at home is
Yemen’s lamb stew.
My favorite place in the Pacific
Northwest is the first tee at Aldarra
My fondest childhood memory
is exploring the woods behind my
parents’ home on Five Mile Prairie,
north of Spokane.
This is on my bucket list: Watching Stanford play in, and win, the
college football national championship game.
This makes me smile: Seeing young
lawyers really dig into a complicated issue and come up with a
You’ll find me outside in the North-
west doing this: Playing golf.
You wrote a contract governing the
game. What are the most important
rules in the contract? Three main
rules: February only, no touch-backs,
and the rule of honesty (if another participant asks “are you IT?” you must
answer truthfully or promptly).
What are some of the most memorable
tags that have occurred? There have
been some amazing tags. I got tagged
at my dad’s funeral in Spokane. It was a
great, classic tag—my dad would have
To what lengths do Tag Brothers
go to avoid being tagged? I once
anticipated a tag on Feb. 27, as I was
returning home to Sea Tac from a
business trip to Arizona. I evaded the
"Bruiser" (Rick Bruya), who was IT at
the time and waiting to tag me at baggage claim, by having my secretary
hire a town car driver to wait for me
at baggage claim with a sign that said
“Schultheis.” My car was parked at
the airport, so I stayed inside security,
went to another concourse, and made
it safely to my car. Meanwhile, the
Bruiser was waiting in vain right by
the town car driver.
My favorite band/musical artist is
My first car was a 1965 Chevy
If I could get free tickets to any
event, I would go to The Masters.
My hero is William F. Buckley, Jr.
I would like to learn Arabic. I love
to travel in the Middle East, but have
not yet found the time to learn the
During my free time I play golf,
smoke cigars, cook, and play tag
(but only in February). In 1990, a
group of my friends from Gonzaga
Prep and I started playing tag (yes,
the childhood game) during the
month of February as a way of staying in touch after we had graduated
from college and law school (in
my case) and started our careers.
… We have been playing the game
ever since. A reporter from the Wall
Street Journal found out about our
game, and the Journal published
a story about us in January 2013.
… We did multiple print, radio, and
television interviews. New Line
Cinema bought the movie rights to
our story, and Tag was released in