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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For nearly four decades, paradigm-changing companies in the most revolutionary emerging industries have turned to Fenwick & West for trusted counsel. From life sciences and software to interactive media and social networking, our clients have dominated their spaces and set the standards for their industries.
Now mobile communications, information management and data security are converging to implement digital/interactive health products and services, and Fenwick is once again helping to shape an industry. Our expertise in applying applicable precedents and establishing new frameworks will put the next generation of healthcare IT leaders on solid legal and business footing going forward.
Fenwick’s healthcare IT clients play a crucial role in the shaping of this industry, which can be examined in part by the Healthcare IT Industry Map co-created by Fenwick and digital health incubator Rock Health.
Approximately three dozen healthcare IT clients have made Fenwick their trusted legal partner, and the list – like the industry – is growing quickly. We are their counsel of choice for two reasons:
Our Healthcare IT attorneys have strong technical backgrounds and extensive experience working with all the components of this emerging sector. We have served innovators in telecommunications; network infrastructure and security; life sciences; software, hardware and peripherals; cloud computing; social networking; and eCommerce. We are in lockstep with your industry because we know firsthand where you’ve been.
Your healthcare IT technologies, products and services promise to fundamentally transform the ways in which patients, caregivers, clinicians, manufacturers and payers interconnect and interact. By combining cutting-edge technologies and applying them to healthcare, you are not only creating a new industry—you are leapfrogging current law and business models. Our team, like yours, is expert in reengineering proven approaches to address brand new challenges. From intellectual property to financing and corporate governance to privacy, count on us to successfully guide you through the unchartered legal and business considerations that will prove paramount to healthcare IT operations such as yours.
You’re entering brand new territory. Contact us to help you guide the way.