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.
Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
San Francisco Office
555 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
1191 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Fenwick’s in-house DMR team—comprised of experienced attorneys with substantial litigation discovery and transactional due diligence experience—is responsible for the efficient review and analysis of documents in connection with large-scale litigation and corporate transactional matters. Supported by Fenwick’s proprietary technology tools and processes, as well as extensive training on client protocols, DMR team members are an integral part of litigation or transaction teams, resulting in substantial savings and efficiencies when compared to other law firms or outside reviewers.
Our DMR team includes licensed attorneys with an average of 6-8 years of prior legal experience. They not only understand the content they are reviewing, but also the goals of the litigation or transaction to which the review is tied. The result is better legal assessments of relevance and attorney-client privilege in litigation matters, and problematic legal or commercial terms in an acquisition context. This, combined with their expertise in using the firm’s proprietary document review software, translates into 20-50% greater data throughput and accuracy over outsourced document review, temporary document reviewers and traditional law firm reviews. In addition, the DMR team includes non-JD technical reviewers, which allows the DMR team to efficiently identify and organize large volumes of documents, lowering the overall time spent on reviews.
Because our DMR team members are an integrated part of the core litigation or transaction teams, they are able to work more effectively and efficiently. Changes in matter strategy are immediately communicated, resulting in fewer “lost in translation” incidents. Time-zone inefficiencies are removed and our in-house processing minimizes data sort/search delays. Fenwick’s solution also eliminates third-party vendor costs, delays in accessing data due to time spent “shipping” data across the country or overseas, and the risk that sensitive information will be leaked.
Fenwick’s DMR efficiencies go well beyond our dedicated review team. Our proprietary and award-winning search software and de-duplication processes eliminate 80% of irrelevant data BEFORE manual document review even starts, which minimizes the amount of data to review and translates to substantial savings to our clients. All DMR procedures and processes are seamlessly integrated with client procedures and the firm’s technology solutions, and promote knowledge sharing and collaboration throughout the team.