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:

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360
  • Ranked the #1 firm worldwide for technology deals through Q3 2015
  • 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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Sheeva J. Ghassemi-Vanni

Associate, Litigation

icon partner 650.335.7191  

Sheeva Ghassemi-Vanni advises employers on a multitude of labor and employment issues such as hiring, progressive discipline, and termination; employee handbooks; reductions in force; leaves of absence; disability accommodation; wage and hour issues; non-competition and non-solicitation covenants; social media; and compliance with state and federal employment laws. She also represents employers in litigation regarding age, gender, race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and religious discrimination; sexual harassment; wrongful termination; retaliation; wage and hour disputes; and trade secrets. In addition, she advises companies regarding labor and employment issues arising in mergers and acquisitions.

Selected Publications and Seminars

  • Quoted in Addressing ‘Egregious’ Online Behavior, published in Human Resources Executive Online, November 19, 2014.
  • Penalizing Employee Posts May Violate Protected Activity, published in Law360, October 14, 2014.
  • Quoted in US workers, employers test ‘unlimited vacation,’ published in Yahoo! Finance, December 22, 2013. 
  • Is an Honor Vacation Policy Right for My Company?, video published by Fenwick & West LLP, October 14, 2013.
  • Social Media Policies And The NLRB: What Employers Need To Know, published by Fenwick & West LLP, March 1, 2013.
  • Death of a Paper Salesman? An Analysis of Going Paperless, published in Bloomberg Law Reports - Technology Law, June 27, 2011.
  • Privacy of Email and Text Messages – Case Law Sprinting to Catch Up to Modern Technology, published in Bloomberg Law Reports – Privacy & Information, March 4, 2011.
  • Quoted in Muslim Employees: Valuable but Vulnerable, published in HR Magazine, March 1, 2011.
  • Battling Weight Bias in The Workplace, published in Employment Law 360, February 10, 2011.
  • Demystifying Leaves of Absence,” Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Breakfast Briefing Series, 2011, Co-Presenter.
  • Dialing Into the Modern Workplace, published in the Daily Journal, October 11, 2010.
  • A Wake-up Call for 21st Century Employer, published in the Daily Journal, September 29, 2010.
  • “Posts, Tweets, Texts, and Pokes: Emerging Social Media Issues in the Workplace – Best Practices and Policies to Avoid Liability,” Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Breakfast Briefing Series, 2010, Co-Presenter.
  • “Legal Implications of Social Media and How to Protect Yourself,” Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, 2010, Presenter.
  • “Preventing Sexual Harassment,” Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Breakfast Briefing Series, 2010, Co-Presenter.

Organization and Community Participation

  • San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP: General Counsel 2007-present, Vice President 2009-2011
  • Mountain View Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors 2010-2013

About Sheeva