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
The concept of “Fenwick Everywhere” means that our attorneys and clients have seamless access to all of our firm’s resources anywhere in the world. To make this happen, we invest in sophisticated technology tools and applications that facilitate communication, automate the legal process, and provide total access to files, documents and any other client resources anytime and anywhere. Our ultimate goal is to deliver best-in-class legal services more effectively and efficiently.
In addition to remote, secure access via Fenwick ShareRooms, with Fenwick Everywhere our entire technology and communications platform can be transported and replicated anywhere in the world in less than 48 hours to create fully-functioning satellite offices. These offices provide seamless phone and email communication, audio and video conferencing, and full access to the complete Fenwick network of documents, ShareRooms and infrastructure services.
In the past seven years we have done nearly 100 satellite office installations on four continents for a wide range of litigation and corporate matters. Whether in the next state or the next continent, these satellite offices offer the full capabilities of any local Fenwick office.
A major component of Fenwick Everywhere is the firm’s ShareRooms, which number in the tens of thousands. We believe it’s the most robust legal extranet environment of any U.S. law firm. Our ShareRooms, available for every matter, provide clients with total access to the full depth and breadth of their data worldwide, while also promoting transparency and collaboration. All content is searchable in a common interface through proprietary search capabilities, improving accuracy and efficiency of document searching and overall knowledge management. No other firm surpasses our ability to collect and organize the terabytes of data managed through our ShareRooms.
Our satellite offices are especially valuable to clients who are working on-location for extended period of time and engaged in high intensity trials, investigations and merger and acquisition transactions. They can accommodate anywhere from 3 to 50 people and are fully accessible via mobile technology.
Fenwick’s Practice Support group is dedicated to providing 24/7 IT support to our clients. Our client-focused team possesses both legal and technical expertise and often meets with new clients to become familiar with their concerns and ensure there is a smooth transition regarding technical support. Our Practice Support group also advises in-house counsel on how to optimize technology in their legal departments, with the goal of making technology accessible and a strategic asset to our clients.
At Fenwick, we view technology as the logical extension of extraordinary legal service. Our over-arching aim with Fenwick Everywhere is to give you what you want, when you want it, transparently and completely and in the most effective manner. If that sounds like what you want in your law firm, contact Matt Kesner at (650) 428-4488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.