close

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

MORE >

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

New York Office
1211 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
212.921.2001

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


Fenwick Secures Federal Trial Victory for Pro Bono Client in Eighth Amendment Excessive Force Case

Mountain View, CA (June 22, 2017) – On June 9, 2017, Fenwick & West secured a federal trial victory on behalf of one of the firm’s pro bono clients, a California state prisoner who was subjected to excessive and unnecessary force in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution as confirmed by the jury verdict.

The case was referred to Fenwick through the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice and Diversity Center’s Federal Pro Bono Project.

The litigation and trial involved allegations of the use of excessive and unnecessary force by correctional officers at Salinas Valley State Prison in violation of the client’s rights under the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits the infliction of “cruel and unusual punishments.”

Our client was forcibly tackled to the ground and then had his head shoved into the pavement. He suffered minor physical injuries, lost many of his privileges and was placed in more isolated confinement for the next three years.

After a four-day trial, a federal jury found that two correctional officers violated our client’s constitutional rights, and awarded the client compensatory damages against those two officers and punitive damages against one of the officers. This case is the first referred to a law firm through the Pro Bono Project that has gone to trial and received a favorable result.

“Fenwick has a long history of fighting for pro bono clients,” said litigator Amy Hayden, who led Fenwick’s team. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to advocate for our client, provide him the chance to tell his side of the story and ultimately prevail in trial.”

The client originally filed the case on his own in 2013, and a judge appointed Fenwick as pro bono counsel in 2016. The firm litigated the case in federal court.

In addition to Ms. Hayden, the Fenwick team included litigation attorney Abigail Wald, paralegal April Sanchez, staff members Marti Guidoux, Donna Skarloken and Julie Jimenez and former Fenwick lawyer Stefan Szpajda. Litigation partner Lynn Pasahow provided advice and guidance.

As a firm, Fenwick places great value on pro bono work. Fenwick’s pro bono program includes civil rights, child advocacy and asylum work, as well as impact litigation. In the last three years, Fenwick lawyers have logged more than 50,000 pro bono hours valued at over $20 million in fees. Last year alone, the firm donated more than 19,000 hours valued at more than $9 million.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West LLP provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies—at every stage of their lifecycle—​and the investors that partner with them. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. For more information, visit fenwick.com​.

​​​