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

Why a Career at Fenwick?

Fenwick & West was in Silicon Valley when there were more apricots than silicon. As a result of our history and experience, we are deeply integrated in the unique eco-structure of Silicon Valley, not only with entrepreneurs and their companies, but also with venture capitalists and investment bankers who help drive the area's constant innovation. We represent hundreds of exciting technology and life sciences companies that are redefining e-commerce, communications, cleantech, digital health, entertainment and social media every day. We invite you to dig deeper into Fenwick & West to see what we have to offer YOU!

Like many of our clients, Fenwick proves that sophisticated, cutting-edge work performed at the highest level isn’t always a function of size. Our goal is not to be the biggest law firm, but rather the best law firm in the practice areas critical to our clients. How do we do it? Keeping our focus on what is important to our clients instead of trying to be a legal superstore.

At Fenwick, you’ll find intellectual stimulation in a remarkably collegial atmosphere. The firm’s smaller scale means that you’ll have significant responsibility and client contact. And with very little hierarchy, you’ll be practicing at the highest level for a first-rate group of clients that are doing remarkable things.

Here is a glimpse at what people are saying about Fenwick:

  • Recognized in 2013 by Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times as one of the top five “Best Places to Work” for seven consecutive years
  • Ranked #1 on Vault’s 2013 list of Best Green Law Firms to Work For
  • Ranked in 2013 as the #2 law firm for technology in the United States by The American Lawyer
  • Ranked by Minority Law Journal as one of the top three and by The American Lawyer as one of the top eight most diverse law firms in the United States
  • Honored by International Tax Review as one of the world’s leading tax planning and transactional practices, one of only two law firms in the entire U.S. to earn first-tier status
  • Named as California’s 2013 “Securities Litigation Department of the Year” by The Recorder
  • Named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural “Intellectual Property Hot List” – one of only 20 firms selected in the U.S. for patent, copyright, trademark, and creative strategies for litigation, patent prosecution, licensing and transactional work
  • Recognized in 2013 as a “Go-To Shop for Silicon Valley IPOs” by The American Lawyer
  • Ranked by FactSet as one of the Top 5 M&A legal advisors in the U.S
  • Ranked as one of the top law firms nationally for Venture Capital Law in the “Best Law Firms” 2014 guide released by U.S. News & World Report

Law Students

Fenwick & West offers law school graduates a truly unique experience. Maybe it's because we're not your typical large firm. We're a mid-size, West Coast firm with a national presence—large enough to attract the biggest, first-rate clients—such as Cisco Systems and Google—yet small enough to maintain a collegial work environment. More

Entry Level

Most firms emphasize the same positive qualities, making it difficult to make meaningful distinctions among firms. We believe that 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.  More


At Fenwick, we recognize the enormous value that an experienced attorney can bring to the firm. If you're considering making a career move, we invite you to consider whether Fenwick is the right fit for you. We believe that the more you get to know Fenwick, the more you will appreciate that we have a truly distinctive culture and approach to the practice of law.  More

Professional Staff

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.   More