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


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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Catherine Kevane

Partner, Litigation

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Catherine Kevane focuses her practice on defending issuers, officers, directors, underwriters and venture capital firms in shareholder class actions and derivative litigation throughout the country. She also represents companies and individuals in investigations brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice.

Catherine served on the trial team that obtained a defense verdict in Howard v. Hui (Everex Systems, Inc., Litigation) (N.D. Cal. 2002). This was the first securities class action jury trial in the Northern District of California since 1991, and it was chosen by The National Law Journal as one of the Top 20 Defense Verdicts of 2002. In 2013, Fenwick’s Securities Litigation team was named “Securities Litigation Department of the Year” by The Recorder over 20 other California firms.

She has spoken on Sarbanes-Oxley, officer and director liability in the post-Enron era and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Catherine was an associate at Clifford Chance and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.


  • Securities Litigation Alert: DOJ and SEC Issue Joint Guidance on FCPA, Fenwick & West, November 2012 (co-author)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Guide to Preventing Improper Practices in Foreign Sales, Fenwick & West, September 2012 (co-author)
  • Securities Litigation Update - FCPA Update: Implementation of U.K. Bribery Bill Postponed Until April 2011, Fenwick & West, July 2010 (co-author)
  • Coordinated U.S. and U.K. Anti-Corruption Efforts Mean Greater Risks to U.S. Companies, Compliance Week, 7/1/2010
  • Securities Litigation Update: FCPA Update: Recent Prosecutions and New Enforcement Tools, Fenwick & West, April 2010 (co-author)
  • SOX Litigation-Hold Triggers—Public and Private Companies Susceptible to Criminal Prosecution for Obstruction of Justice, National Law Journal, March 2008 (co-author)

About Catherine