For more than four decades, Fenwick & West 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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Mountain View, CA (December 12, 2012) – Fenwick & West was ranked in the first tier of World Tax 2013, an annual directory of the leading tax advisory and law firms published by International Tax Review. One of only six firms recognized in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area, the firm has been recognized in the first tier annually since the guide’s inception.
“We are proud that such a reputable guide would continue to honor us by ranking our tax team in the first tier,” David Forst, chair of Fenwick’s Tax team, said. “I am privileged to work with such a talented and intelligent group of lawyers.”
Firms ranked in the first tier are recognized as the best tax teams in their respective countries with attorneys who are specialists in all the areas of tax, including planning, transactional, transfer pricing, indirect taxes and litigation – as evidenced by the size and quality of the firm’s tax work.
In compiling the rankings, International Tax Review interviewed practitioners, as well as corporate tax directors and advisors chosen from a representative sample of clients of the leading firms in the market.
Earlier this year, International Tax Review named Fenwick Americas M&A Tax Firm of the Year and ranked the firm as one of only two U.S. law firms in the first tier of both its World’s Leading Tax Planning Firms and World’s Leading Transactional Firms guides.
About the Fenwick & West Tax Group
Fenwick & West has achieved a reputation as having one of the nation's leading domestic and international tax practices. The Tax Group's dynamic and sophisticated practice stems from a client base that is represented in every geographic region of the United States, as well as a number of foreign countries. Fenwick’s tax attorneys handle high-stakes transactional work, as well as advising on joint ventures and complex transfer pricing matters.