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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Sheeva J. Ghassemi-Vanni

Associate, Litigation

icon partner 650.335.7191  

Sheeva J. Ghassemi-Vanni advises employers on all stages of employment and a multitude of 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. Sheeva serves as the General Counsel for the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP and is on the Board of Directors of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.

Selected Publications

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-present

Representative Publications and Seminars

  • "Demystifying Leaves of Absence," Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Breakfast Briefing Series, 2011, Co-Presenter
  • "The Most Significant Employment Law Developments For 2010: What They Mean for Your Business in 2011," Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Breakfast Briefing Series, 2011, Co-Presenter
  • "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
  • Contributing Author: Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Business News Newsletter
  • Contributing Author: Fenwick Employment Briefs

About Sheeva