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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Backed by a team of in-house professionals, as well as ongoing project management training for our corporate, litigation and IP groups, we scrutinize matter processes to eliminate waste and identify ways to increase efficiency.
By taking a systematic approach to matter analysis and training, we are always looking for new and novel ways to improve our performance. Developing task code data, tracking performance to budget, and breaking down the elements of tasks to ensure appropriate staffing are all part of our ongoing process.
Fenwick’s foundation for project management analysis is a cutting-edge, real-time billing and budget analysis capability. We have a decade of data that powers a detailed estimating database, supported by in-house pricing analysts who provide sophisticated multi-variable estimates by the size, scope and stakes of the individual matter. Our capability to develop accurate budgets, not estimated guesses, and automated budget status reports significantly improves our success with project management tracking on matters.
Our extensive in-house IT capabilities--everything from the most robust SharePoint environment of any US law firm, to advanced document management and preparation systems--is one of the key underpinnings of our project management capabilities. For example, the correlation of our budgeting capabilities with the information displayed in each matter-specific ShareRoom extranet ensures that tracking current performance to the matter’s budget is just one click away for our attorneys.
Fenwick’s strategic advantage is that we have the culture and technology to create and access an in-house knowledge base of cost and performance data. We understand how matters are handled and how we can handle them better in the future. We have the budgeting horsepower to make project management work, which means we understand a matter administratively, not just legally. That is the essence of effective project management.
If your law firm says it does project management but still handles matter accountability the way it did a decade ago, then it is offering a feel-good message with no discernable benefit to you. At Fenwick, we are building a solid foundation for firmwide project management capability. Why not get in on the ground floor? Contact Rob Kahn at (650) 335-7616 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about how our project management capabilities are helping clients control costs and improve effectiveness.