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For more than four decades, Fenwick & West LLP has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.  MORE >

Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 in the heart of Silicon Valley—before “Silicon Valley” existed—by four visionary lawyers who left a top-tier New York law firm to pursue their shared belief that technology would revolutionize the business world and to pioneer the legal work for those technological innovations. In order to be most effective, they decided they needed to move to a location close to primary research and technology development. These four attorneys opened their first office in downtown Palo Alto, and Fenwick became one of the first technology law firms in the world.  MORE >

From our founding in 1972, Fenwick has been committed to promoting diversity and inclusion both within our firm and throughout the legal profession. For almost four decades, the firm has actively promoted an open and inclusive work environment and committed significant resources towards improving our diversity efforts at every level.  MORE >

At Fenwick, we are proud of our commitment to the community and to our culture of making a difference in the lives of individuals and organizations in the communities where we live and work. We recognize that providing legal services is not only an essential part of our professional responsibility, but also an excellent opportunity for our attorneys to gain valuable practical experience, learn new areas of the law and contribute to the community.  MORE >

Year after year, Fenwick & West is honored for excellence in the legal profession. Many of our attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective fields, and our Corporate, Tax, Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups consistently receive top national and international rankings, including:

  • Nearly 15 percent of Fenwick partners named America's Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and Chambers Global
  • Selected as a "Go-To" law firm by in-house legal departments at Fortune 500 companies in Corporate Counsel magazine
  • Named to The National Law Journal's inaugural "Intellectual Property Hot List" for outstanding patent, copyright, trademark and IP litigation services

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We take sustainability very seriously at Fenwick. Like many of our clients, we are adopting policies that reduce consumption and waste, and improve efficiency. By using technologies developed by a number of our cleantech clients, we are at the forefront of implementing sustainable policies and practices that minimize environmental impact. In fact, Fenwick has earned recognition in several areas as one of the top US law firms for implementing sustainable business practices.  MORE >

At Fenwick, we have a passion for excellence and innovation that mirrors our client base. Our firm is making revolutionary changes to the practice of law through substantial investments in proprietary technology tools and processes—allowing us to deliver best-in-class legal services more effectively.   MORE >

Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650.988.8500

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.875.2300

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
206.389.4510

Shanghai Office
Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
No. 1155 Fang Dian Road
Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200

Recognition

Awards and Honors

Year after year, Fenwick & West is honored for excellence in the legal profession. Many of Fenwick’s attorneys are recognized as industry leaders, and the firm’s corporate, litigation, intellectual property and tax practice groups consistently receive top honors, including:

Firmwide

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360 for the second consecutive year (2015)
  • Ranked the #1 firm worldwide for Technology, Media and Telecommunications deals by volume according to Mergermarket (Q1 2015)
  • Handled five of the year’s top 10 venture capital-backed tech exits, including both the largest venture-backed IPO and venture-backed acquisition (2014)
  • Led the two largest venture capital financings of the year (2014)
  • Named to The National Law Journal’s IP Hot List, recognizing the most influential intellectual property practices in the country (2015)
  • Nearly 20 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global (2015)
  • Selected as a Go-To law firm by in-house legal departments at Fortune 500 companies in Corporate Counsel magazine (2015)
  • Recognized by American Lawyer as one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States by revenue (2015)
  • Recognized as the second largest law firm in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times (2015)
  • Honored with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s Beacon of Justice award for helping increase access to justice for low-income individuals (2014)
  • Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times for nine years; Fenwick was one of only two law firms to make the list (2015)
  • Ranked the ninth best law firm in the U.S. for diversity by The American Lawyer and seventh by Law360 (2015)

International

  • Recognized by Chambers Global for excellence in foreign and domestic tax work and corporate/M&A work in Israel (2015)
  • Six Fenwick partners recognized by Chambers Global in the top tiers for global excellence in intellectual property, corporate and tax work (2015)
  • Received Asia Pacific Private Equity Deal of the Year award from Global M&A Network for the firm’s role in Giant Interactive’s $3 billion going private transaction (2015)
  • Received China Deal of the Year by the China Business Law Journal for the firm’s role in Giant Interactive’s $3 billion going private transaction (2014)

Corporate

  • Ranked the #1 firm worldwide for Technology, Media and Telecommunications deals by volume according to Mergermarket (Q1 2015)
  • Handled five of the year’s top 10 venture capital-backed tech exits, including both the largest venture-backed IPO and venture-backed acquisition on behalf of the target (2014)
  • Named Emerging Companies Group of the Year by The Recorder (2014)
  • Named M&A Mid-Market Team of the Year by The Legal 500 (2015)
  • Ranked in the first tier nationally for venture capital by Chambers USA; also ranked nationally for M&A and corporate work, in California for capital markets and employee benefits and executive compensation, and in Washington for corporate and commercial representation (2015)
  • Honored by Global M&A Network with the Technology Deal of the Year for the firm’s role in WhatsApp’s $19 billion acquisition by Facebook, and the Asia Pacific Private Equity Deal of the Year award for the firm’s role in Giant Interactive’s $3 billion going private transaction from Global M&A Network (2015)
  • Ranked one of the top law firms nationally for venture capital law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2015)

Litigation

  • Recognized as one of the top firms in California for securities litigation by Chambers USA (2015)
  • Recognized on The National Law Journal’s IP Hot List for outstanding patent, copyright, trademark and IP litigation services (2015)
  • Recognized nationally and in California by World Trademark Review 1000 for outstanding work in trademark enforcement and litigation (2015)
  • Named a Go-To law firm by in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies for litigation services in Corporate Counsel magazine (2015)
  • Selected as one of the top West Coast firms for trademark litigation by Managing Intellectual Property (2015)
  • Secured first-tier national rankings for IP litigation and patent litigation and a first-tier San Francisco ranking for commercial litigation in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms (2015)
  • Named California’s Securities Litigation Department of the Year by The Recorder (2013)

Intellectual Property

  • Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading law firm for intellectual property and IT and outsourcing in California (2015)
  • Recognized on The National Law Journal’s IP Hot List for outstanding patent, copyright, trademark and IP litigation services (2015)
  • Recognized nationally and in California – with the highest possible ranking in California – for both trademark prosecution and trademark litigation in World Trademark Review 1000 (2015)
  • Named a Go-To law firm by in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies for intellectual property services in Corporate Counsel magazine (2015)
  • Recognized as the best patent prosecution group in Western North America by Managing Intellectual Property (2015)
  • Named one of the top U.S. firms for trademark and patent prosecution and one of the top West Coast firms for copyright, trademark and patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property (2015)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Fenwick in the top tiers nationally and in San Francisco and San Jose for patent law and copyright law (2015)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 as a leader in patent prosecution and licensing (2015)
  • Noted by Law360 as having one of the largest IP practices in the U.S. (2014)
  • Recommended nationally for patent prosecution and in California and Washington for licensing IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2014)

Tax

  • Recognized for excellence in foreign and domestic tax work in Chambers Global (2015)
  • Named Tax Firm of the Year for the San Francisco Area by International Tax Review (2014)
  • Awarded First Tier status as one of the World’s Leading Tax Planning Firms and as one of the World’s Leading Transactional Firms by International Tax Review (2014)
  • Awarded America’s Consumer Products Tax Deal of the Year by International Tax Review (2014)
  • Secured first tier regional ranking for tax law in the Best Law Firms guide released by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2015)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 as a leader in domestic and international tax and tax controversy (2014)
  • Received Mergers and Acquisitions Tax Transaction Award by International Tax Review as part of the firm’s representation of Facebook in its $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, Inc. (2014)
  • Awarded first tier status every year by World Tax Review, most recently in World Tax Review 2013 (2013)

Diversity, Sustainability & Culture

  • Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times for nine years; Fenwick was one of only two law firms to make the list (2015)
  • Ranked the ninth best law firm in the U.S. for diversity by The American Lawyer and seventh by Law360 (2015)
  • Recognized as having both the best mentoring and the best pro bono program by Euromoney at its Americas Women in Business Law Awards for two straight years (2014, 2015)
  • Named to The National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List, which recognizes the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for pro bono work (2014)
  • Honored with the Beacon of Justice award by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association for helping increase access to justice for low-income individuals (2014)
  • Received the San Francisco Business Times’ 2014 Community Impact Award for the firm’s Virtual Pro Bono Project, which uses technology to bring legal services to low-income people in rural areas (2014)
  • Received the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society’s Guardian of Justice Award (2014)
  • Annually receive 100% score (A+ rating) on The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for Fenwick’s pro-LGBT policies and working environment (2014)
  • The first U.S. law firm to have a LEED-CI Platinum-certified office (our Seattle office) – we additionally have a LEED-EB Gold-certified office in Mountain View, CA. – and the first law firm certified by Santa Clara County (the county covering most of Silicon Valley) as an environmentally sustainable Green Business
  • Received the Business Environmental Award for Sustainable Built Environment in recognition of the firm’s state-of-the-art Green Data Center by Acterra, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs (2012)
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