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 >

FLEX by Fenwick is the only service created by an AmLaw 100 firm that provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for interim in-house legal needs to high-growth companies.  MORE >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  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


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

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

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

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

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

Professional Staff

Why Fenwick?

We realize that talented professionals like you have choices when it comes to selecting an employer. And, with all the law firms emphasizing the same positive qualities, it makes it difficult to make meaningful distinctions among firms.

At Fenwick, we are committed to the highest level of excellence, yet we value and maintain a collegial and fun environment. We respect the individual and value team players. We seek out and hire bright talent with diverse backgrounds and unique personal experiences to enrich our culture. Our diversity of perspective makes us a stronger team. The more you get to know the people at Fenwick, the more you will appreciate that Fenwick truly has a distinctive culture and approach to the practice of law and the way we do business.

We are proud that Fenwick is frequently ranked as one of the best and most diverse places to work. For the seventh consecutive year, Fenwick was recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal in 2017, and was the highest ranked law firm on the list. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has also consistently designated Fenwick as one of the Best Places to Work and we were recognized as “Employer of the Year” in 2010 by The Arc of San Francisco for our efforts to support employees with disabilities.


We are looking for highly motivated individuals to help us deliver the brand of service our clients have come to expect from Fenwick. We offer a broad range of opportunities ranging from marketing, finance, information technology, legal support and project management.

We invite you to view our current professional staff openings to see if there is anything that matches your interest, experience and abilities.

Compensation and Benefits

We offer our employees highly competitive and comprehensive benefits, with programs that help them achieve a healthful lifestyle and financial security as well as address a host of work and family needs.

Professional Development

Your success is vital to our success. We know that you will transition more efficiently into our firm, and achieve more in terms of your career growth, with the proper support from our professional staff development program. Programs are offered in a weekly newsletter and vary broadly, from practice specific training, health and wellness, to diversity topics and software skills training. We also recognize that our managers and supervisors need additional skills to become good leaders and role models so we offer an ongoing, comprehensive training program designed specifically to meet the special needs of this group.