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 >

FLEX by Fenwick is the only service created by an AmLaw 100 firm that provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for interim in-house legal needs to high-growth companies.  MORE >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  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:

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360
  • Ranked #1 in the Americas for number of technology deals in 2015 by Mergermarket
  • Nearly 20 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers
  • Consistently ranked among the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for diversity
  • Recognized as having top mentoring and pro bono programs by Euromoney


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 >

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TechLaw Institute 2017: The Digital Evolution

Why You Should Attend

We are in the midst of a digital evolution. Technology continues to evolve and disrupt at breakneck speed, outpacing existing laws and regulations. As a result, businesses face challenges on all fronts on a daily basis. Employees working from home and on the road present new and unique challenges for employers. Data breaches are not a matter of if, but when, stealing precious hours of sleep from information and compliance managers and C-suite executives.  Household appliances, devices and vehicles are becoming wirelessly inter-connected, this expanding the ever-increasing ecosystem of “Internet of things.” New technologies are also impacting the way lawyers manage their practices resulting in increased and more complex ethical challenges. Marketing and advertising firms that seek to exploit these new technologies also face challenges and legal risks in navigating these unchartered new waters.

Courts, clients and colleagues expect lawyers to stay abreast of this evolution – and have the answers they raise. Clients in particular demand sophisticated counsel that provide insight and value to help them solve their technology-related issues and grow their technology-reliant businesses.

This year’s TechLaw Institute 2017: The Digital Evolution will provide attendees with the information they need to serve their clients in this ever-changing environment.  Attendees will learn about security issues affecting new technology; legal issues raised by the emerging “Internet of Things”, as well as by disruptive and sharing technologies. Our speakers will share how companies can exploit all of the marketing possibilities that social media sites offer, while at the same time managing attendant risks. Hear from industry experts how big data is driving the digital economy, and from regulators who will explain how these initiatives can threaten consumer rights and privacy. You will hear about the virtual workspace, and how companies are grappling with the security, compliance, and employment issues that come with it. Experts will also address ethical issues raised by new technology, and how that technology is altering the practice of law.

What You Will Learn

  • Issues relating to big data and data analytics
  • The emerging Internet of Things, and how it may change the legal landscape
  • Disruptive and sharing te​chnologies and their impact on the legal landscape
  • How the virtual workspace is changing business
  • How hackers attack corporate computer systems and how to respond
  • Recent developments in technology litigation
  • The impact of new technologies on legal ethics
  • How technology is changing the way we practice law

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for technology and IP lawyers, in-house counsel and outside counsel, and all lawyers who need to stay current on the cutting edge of legal issues relating to technology. Business professionals, computer professionals and information managers who need to keep up-to-date with the dramatic changes in this area will also find this program valuable.​​​