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
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Mountain View, CA 94041
San Francisco Office
555 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Seattle, WA 98101
At Fenwick, we have redefined collaboration among legal teams and clients with our proprietary ShareRooms – solid, secure and highly functional networks that go beyond traditional extranets.
Fenwick’s ShareRooms are unique among law firms in their depth and scale. Woven deeply into the fabric of our service offerings, extranets are automatically created for each new client matter and customized to the type of matter. We not only run more extranets than any other major law firm, we have made substantial investments in cutting-edge technology tools and processes that make our ShareRooms the most efficient and cost effective of any other law firm.
While typical law firm extranets are merely ad hoc collections of documents, Fenwick ShareRooms are genuine interactive portals that can accommodate terabytes of data, capacity and functionality that has been “battle tested” via hundreds of high-stakes litigations, cross-border acquisitions and massive IP portfolio intakes. Constructed on SharePoint technology, our ShareRooms are searchable via a common interface for a secure, encrypted communication platform. The result is an amazingly robust and easy-to-use system that facilitates maximum teamwork among our lawyers, clients, co-counsel, consultants and other need-to-know participants in any matter.
Our proprietary technology tools and processes allow us to collect and process terabytes of data and documents at a fraction of the time and cost of outside services. For example, our M&A ShareRooms facilitate the entire collection and organization of due diligence data, diminishing deal time from weeks or months to days. This gives our clients a significant competitive advantage, while also reducing costs. For litigation matters, we have built ShareRooms that delivered tens of millions of pages of searchable information available to a nationwide legal team – all in a matter of days.
We have merged all content onto one common platform to improve accuracy and efficiency of individual document searching and overall knowledge management, as well as improving integration with our client’s IT platforms. And, Fenwick’s integrated search capabilities allow us to find and synthesize as much data as needed with rapid turn-around times.
Our ShareRooms allow every member of a matter team to upload, download, review and comment upon documents; check calendars and due dates; and engage in real time meetings whenever and wherever they conduct business. A customized dashboard provides convenient access to the most important analysis and information, and email alerts provide notifications when new documents are uploaded. To facilitate global collaboration, each ShareRoom is accessible with any web browser that supports encryption.
Each ShareRoom has six layers of virus protection and two layers of anti-spam protection. Our IT team uses an intrusion detection system to constantly monitor all servers and network equipment. We have a formal business continuity and network security plan covering everyday operations and emergency responses that is reviewed twice yearly by nationally recognized security experts.
A majority of our ShareRooms, used for general matters, are free to our clients. For clients who require ShareRooms to run specific deals, litigation or other complex matters, we charge competitive rates based on number of users, pages uploaded, or other relevant usage. On average, by using Fenwick ShareRooms our clients have saved 20% off the cost of using popular third-party legal extranets, and savings in some instances have exceeded 80% when compared to third-party vendors.
Fenwick’s ongoing investments in technology enable us to service in excess of hundreds of terabytes of data online from more than 175 secure servers. And we do it from the first LEED Platinum-certified server room of any law firm, with custom-fabricated cooling systems that reduce power consumption by 70%.
Our IT department provides client support 24/7 and is staffed by more than 30 trained specialists, many with certification in focused areas of network management and administration. They are committed to ensuring that our clients are trained and functional in all aspects of their ShareRoom operation.
Fenwick ShareRooms will give you access to the knowledge, people and speed you need to meet all your needs. If your expect your law firm’s technology to be as superior as its legal services, contact Mark Gerow at (650) 428-4420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.