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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:

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360
  • Ranked #1 in the Americas for number of technology deals in 2015 by Mergermarket
  • Nearly 20 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers
  • Consistently ranked among the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for diversity
  • Recognized as having top mentoring and pro bono programs by Euromoney

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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 >

Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650.988.8500

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.875.2300

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
206.389.4510

New York Office
1211 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, New York 10036
212.921.2001

Shanghai Office
Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
No. 1155 Fang Dian Road
Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200

Security and Risk Management

Data Security at Fenwick & West

We understand that we need to keep our clients’ confidential information confidential. We have built systems that are secure, encrypted and monitored, working with outside security professionals in their design.

Our data security system includes:

  • Constant monitoring of all servers and network equipment with an intrusion detection system, including a vulnerability assessment/scanning appliance and host-based intrusion prevention agents, six layers of virus protection and two layers of anti-spam protection
  • Software on all firm computers that provides real time automated firewall, anti-spam and anti-virus protection, including regular patch updates via automated patch management systems
  • Dedicated IT Security team led by an experienced Chief Security Officer, who reports to the firm’s senior management
  • Rigorous security systems testing performed twice a year by outside consultants and auditors
  • Ongoing security training for all attorneys and staff
  • Easy-to-apply encryption for all email communications to and from clients
  • Firm end-user computer and server storage is encrypted at rest
  • Encrypted, secure extranets for sharing matter files with clients and third parties
  • 2-factor authentication required for remote access by lawyers, staff and vendors
  • Active participation in several IT security information sharing organizations, including InfraGard, FS-ISAC/LS-ISAO and LegalSec
  • All client data is stored in a continuously monitored computer data center with electronic access control, 24-hour video monitoring and on-site security

Fenwick’s Approach to Keeping Data Secure

Comprehensive and global protection

Our systems and controls cover our physical and virtual handling of confidential client information, including records management, electronic communications, forensic data collection and analysis, IT data handling, and IT physical and virtual security. We have also designed specific protocols for our work in geographic regions around the world where security issues carry greater risk and unpredictability.

A focus on business continuity and disaster recovery planning

Our formal business continuity and network security plans cover normal operating parameters as well as emergency response procedures. We conduct drills on our business continuity plan and computer incident response plan. Our security team and network teams meet regularly to review security procedures, patch status and security protocols for all computers on the firm’s network.

Our data continuity protocols also feature the following:

  • All users are trained to keep firm data on server-based systems so client information is captured and maintained through our multi-layer, disk-based back-up system
  • Real-time failover for server systems and Internet connections
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that provide for no more than a minimal number of hours of data entry loss in the event of a disaster
  • All business critical data is simultaneously stored in two different physical locations with multiple levels of backup at a secure, managed, off-site data storage facility
  • Continuous data backup to an offsite facility—used by some of the largest high-tech companies in the world—which means firm data and client information is available via VPN in the event of a disaster

A nationally recognized team of IT professionals

We have invested heavily in technology to protect our clients’ information and have assembled a team of IT professionals that are not only leaders among law firms, but leaders in their field. Members of our IT staff are regular speakers at national and international security and records management conferences, and the firm and our IT staff have won numerous awards for their innovative approach to IT infrastructure.

Take Action

Our Data Security team meets regularly with our clients’ legal and IT teams to ensure best practices in data security. Contact our Chief Security Officer Kevin Moore at (650) 428-4455 or kmoore@fenwick.com to learn how we can help ensure your data is secure, wherever it resides.​​​​