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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

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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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Recognition

Awards and Honors

Year after year, Fenwick & West is honored for excellence in the legal profession. Many of Fenwick’s attorneys are recognized as leaders, and the firm’s corporate, tax, litigation and intellectual property practice groups consistently receive top national and international honors, including:

Firmwide

  • Nearly 15 percent of Fenwick partners by Chambers USA and Chambers Global (2013)
  • Selected as a “Go-To” law firm by in-house legal departments at Fortune 500 companies in American Lawyer Media publication (2013
  • Named to The National Law Journal’s “Intellectual Property Hot List” for the second straight year for outstanding patent, copyright, trademark and IP litigation services (2014)
  • Recognized as one of the top five “Best Places to Work” by Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times for seven years; Fenwick remains the best-ranked law firm on the list (2013)

Corporate

  • Ranked #1 for Global and U.S. Equity IPO Issuer Advisers and #2 for Global Equity Issuer Advisers and U.S. Equity Offerings Issuer Advisers (by volume) by Bloomberg for 2012 (2013)
  • Secured a national first-band ranking in the area of Investment Funds: Venture Capital and a regional California first-band ranking in the area of Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital by Chambers USA; also ranked in the regional top bands in the Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets, Corporate/Commercial, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and IT & Outsourcing areas (2013)
  • Global M&A Network honored Fenwick with its major markets “Technology & Services Deal of the Year” for the firm’s representation of Facebook in its $1 billion purchase of Instagram and “Global M&A Deal of the Year” in the $1-5 billion category for the firm’s representation of Cisco in its $5 billion acquisition of NDS Group (2013); additionally recognized in the middle markets category with "Large Mid Markets Technology & Telecom Deal of the Year" and "M&A Middle Markets Deal of the Year” (2012)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® named more than a quarter of Fenwick’s corporate partners America’s Best Lawyers and the firm is ranked as one of the top law firms nationally for Venture Capital and Information Technology Law (2012)
  • Recognized as one of the top 10 most active issuer counsel in the U.S. PIPE market by PlacementTracker (2012)

Litigation

  • Secured a top ranking by Chambers USA in the Antitrust category in California (2012)
  • Named a “Go-To” law firm by in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies for litigation services in Corporate Counsel magazine (2012)
  • Awarded “U.S. Copyright Case of the Year” by Managing IP magazine for the firm’s pro bono defense of Democratic Underground in Righthaven v. Democratic Underground (2012)
  • Recognized by The National Law Journal’s “Intellectual Property Hot List” for outstanding patent, copyright, trademark and IP litigation services (2013)
  • Selected as one of the top West Coast firms in the area of Trademark Contentious in Managing IP magazine's IP Handbook (2012)
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners recognized the firm’s patent litigation practice in Washington (2012)
  • Secured a first-tier national and San Francisco regional ranking for IP litigation and patent litigation and a first-tier national ranking for commercial litigation in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” (2012)
  • Obtained a $400 million mid-trial settlement for client Compuware against IBM, one of the largest IP litigation payouts in U.S. history (2005)

Intellectual Property

  • Selected by Chambers USA as America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for intellectual property law in California (2012)
  • Named to The National Law Journal’s “Intellectual Property Hot List” for outstanding patent, copyright and trademark services (2013)
  • Named a “Go-To” law firm by in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies for intellectual property services in Corporate Counsel magazine (2012)
  • Ranked #2 in the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal’s “Top 25 Intellectual Property Law Firms” survey for the fourth straight year (2013)
  • Recommended nationally for patent prosecution and in California for patent prosecution and licensing by IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012)
  • Named one of the top U.S. firms for trademark and patent prosecution and one of the top West Coast firms for copyright law and patent licensing in Managing IP magazine's IP Handbook (2012)
  • Recognized nationally and in California – with the highest possible ranking in California – for both trademark prosecution and trademark litigation in World Trademark Review 1000 (2013)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Fenwick in the top tiers nationally for patent law and copyright law; in the first tier in San Francisco for copyright and patent law (2012)

Tax

  • Highly ranked both globally and nationally in the area of Tax: Corporate & Finance and in California for Tax by Chambers USA and Chambers Global (2013)
  • More than half of Fenwick’s tax partners were named the World’s Leading Tax Advisors by Euromoney (2012)
  • One of only two law firms awarded first-tier status in International Tax Review’s "World’s Leading Tax Planning Firms" – one of only two firms in the U.S. to earn first-tier status – and "World’s Leading Transactional Firms"; named  "Americas M&A Tax Firm of the Year" (2012)
  • Recognized in World Tax Review’s first tier every year, most recently in World Tax Review 2014 (2013)
  • Secured national ranking for tax law in the "Best Law Firms" guide released by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2012)

Diversity, Sustainability & Culture

  • Ranked #1 by MultiCultural Law Magazine in the publication's "Top Law Firms for Diversity" (2012)
  • Named one of the top five “Best Places to Work” by Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times for seven years; Fenwick remains the best-ranked law firm on the list (2013)
  • Received a perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for Fenwick’s pro-LGBT policies and working environment (2012)
  • Selected by Minority Law Journal and The American Lawyer as one of the top 10 most diverse law firms in the U.S. (2012)
  • Awarded the “Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award” for commitment to pro bono services by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (2012)
  • The first U.S. law firm to have a LEED-CI Platinum-certified office (our Seattle office) – we additionally have a LEED-EB Gold-certified office in Mountain View, CA. – and the first law firm certified by Santa Clara County (the county covering most of Silicon Valley) as an environmentally sustainable "Green Business"
  • Recognized as the #1 Green Law Firm by Vault.com (2012)
  • Received the Business Environmental Award for Sustainable Built Environment in recognition of the firm’s state-of-the-art Green Data Center by Acterra, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs (2012)
  • Recognized for outstanding contributions to the community with Santa Clara Bar Association’s Salsman Award (2010)

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