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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 >

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

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

Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability and Cleantech

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.

In 2007 the firm established a Green Team (a combination of partners, associates, executive management and staff) to develop meaningful sustainability programs. Today, the firm has an official Green Policy that includes waste management, energy conservation and procurement initiatives that have resulted in the following:

  • We are the first law firm in the United States to be awarded LEED certification for two offices, including the first law firm to secure a LEED-CI Platinum Designation.
  • We have the first law firm LEED Platinum-certified server room, which uses a combination of water and outside air cooling to reduce electrical consumption by 70%.
  • Our Mountain View headquarters achieved an Energy Star rating of 96, which is 42% above the national average.
  • We were the first law firm certified by Santa Clara County as an environmentally sustainable "Green Business."

Our Efforts to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

One of our primary goals is to continually reduce consumption and waste and to promote recycling within our offices. We utilize energy-sensitive design and planning to maximize use of natural light. We also use energy-efficient lighting, sustainable ceiling and carpet products, low-flow faucets and toilets, low-water landscaping and motion sensors to further reduce water and energy use.

Other initiatives that have contributed to significant reductions in energy consumption include:

  • Replacing more than 400 servers with 300 virtual servers
  • Purchasing energy efficient appliances, computers, servers, printers and copiers
  • Replacing all light fixtures with T-8 bulbs and installing motion sensors to further reduce energy use
  • Using extremely low voltage LED lighting in all new construction and remodeling projects 
  • Switching all monitors from CRT to LCD, reducing monitor energy consumption by 75%
  • Using ShareRooms, wikis and fax servers to reduce paper consumption and save up to 20% on server-related energy consumption
  • Using our award-winning eDiscovery and due diligence system to significantly reduce the amount of paper required for litigation and corporate transactions
  • Implementing double-sided printing and copying as defaults
  • Instituting paperless policies in various practice groups and departments
  • Replacing bottled water with pitchers of water for all internal and client meetings
  • Recycling a broad variety of office items and construction waste (72% of trash diverted from the waste stream)

Promoting Public and Alternative Transportation

Ten years ago, we selected downtown Mountain View as the new location of our firm headquarters, based primarily on its central location to our employee population and its accessibility to public transportation. Other initiatives promoting public and alternative transportation include:

  • Premier parking spaces in our garage are reserved for hybrid and carpool vehicles, all located in prime, highly-visible spots to help spread the conservation message
  • The first U.S. law firm to install networked charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Full reimbursement to staff who commute by public transportation to our Mountain View office
  • "Gamefication" of our alternative transportation efforts—a monthly challenge awarding those who participate 
  • Secure bike parking and onsite showers to encourage biking to work. The success of the program caused us to double the capacity of our bike storage
  • We are a sponsor of Bike to Work Day with 511.org, staff a Bike to Work station, and actively promote Bike to Work Day within the firm
  • We provide pro bono support to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

Implementing Sustainable Procurement Practices

We incorporate sustainability requirements into all RFP’s, RFQ’s and purchase agreements, including the use of low-emitting materials – adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet, compost wood and laminate adhesives – with any new construction or internal office build-out.

We also purchase furniture and office supplies with highest possible recycle content or post-consumer materials from local and diverse vendors to reduce shipping impact and enhance our communities.