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.
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Michael's practice focuses on strategic counseling to emerging and high-growth companies primarily in the digital/mobile health, consumer Internet, social networking, information technology and clean technologies industries in all aspects of general corporate and corporate securities law—from formation and corporate governance responsibilities to equity incentives and employment issues to intellectual property and commercial transactions. He has negotiated and structured a wide variety of corporate transactions including: seed and venture capital financings, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and debt financings. In addition, Michael has represented and advised venture capitalists and investment banks.
Michael's activity in the growing digital health and healthcare IT industries includes serving as an advisor to the sector's leading incubator, Rock Health. He is a regular contributor to Fenwick's Life Sciences Legal Insights blog where he writes about digital health and mhealth topics.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Michael served as the General Counsel for a venture-backed healthcare IT company based in Palo Alto.
While in law school, Michael served as a law clerk extern to the Honorable Alex J. Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is fluent in Spanish.
"Conducting Board Consents and Other Board Functions Online", co-authored by Michael Esquivel, The Corporate Governance Advisor, July/August 2006.