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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555 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Mr. Davidson is a partner in the Corporate Group and Chairman of Fenwick & West LLP. Mr. Davidson advises high technology companies, clean technology and life sciences companies. Mr. Davidson’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 1000 companies.
He has worked on over 50 public offerings and has represented boards of directors, audit committees and executives in numerous special investigations.
His publicly traded clients have included:
Mr. Davidson also advises venture capital investors and investment banks in private and public financings.
He has also acted as lead counsel on over 100 mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $50 billion in the aggregate, including:
Mr. Davidson has spoken on current issues in IPOs at the Securities Regulation Institute and on corporate governance issues at the Stanford Directors College, lectured on venture capital investments at the Stanford Law School, the Stanford Business School and the Haas Business School, taught courses on Deals and Mergers & Acquisitions at Stanford Law School, and chaired the Practising Law Institute programs on Private Placements and Mergers & Acquisitions of High Technology Companies. He has also served on the boards of directors of non-profit organizations, including the Children’s Health Council and Pacific Community Ventures. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of BayBio.
Mr. Davidson is a member of the State Bar of California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1970 with a B.S. in electrical engineering and received an M.S. in computer systems from Stanford in 1971. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1974 and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Prior to and during law school, Mr. Davidson worked as a computer systems engineer at Stanford Research Institute and at Measurex Corporation. Following law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Ben C. Duniway in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Mr. Davidson's awards and recognitions include: