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


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 >

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Gordon K. Davidson

Partner, Corporate

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Gordon Davidson advises high technology companies, clean technology and life sciences companies. Gordy’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:

  • @Home Network
  • Amyris, Inc.
  • Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
  • Castlight Health, Inc.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Cooper & Chyan Technology, Inc.
  • Data Domain, Inc.
  • DexCom Inc.
  • Diamond Foods, Inc.
  • Edify Corporation
  • Elantec Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Exodus Communications, Inc.
  • Facebook, Inc.
  • FormFactor, Inc.
  • Genelabs Technologies, Inc.
  • Green Dot Corporation
  • HNC Software, Inc.
  • Homestore, Inc.
  • Intuit Inc.
  • InVision Technologies, Inc.
  • KANA Software, Inc.
  • Macromedia, Inc.
  • Marin Software Inc.
  • Meru Networks, Inc.
  • Model N, Inc.
  • Nimble Storage, Inc.
  • Nuance Communications Inc.
  • ONI Systems Corp.
  • Opsware Inc.
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Responsys, Inc.
  • ServiceNow, Inc.
  •, Ltd.
  • Shutterfly, Inc.
  • Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
  • Spansion, Inc.
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Synopsys, Inc.
  • Transmeta Corporation
  • VeriSign, Inc.
  • VERITAS Software Corporation
  • Vocera Communications, Inc.

He has also acted as lead counsel on over 100 mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $75 billion in the aggregate, including:

  • $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp Inc. by Facebook Inc.
  • $1.5 billion acquisition of Responsys, Inc by Oracle Corporation
  • $17 billion acquisition by VeriSign Inc. of Network Solutions Inc.
  • $13 billion acquisition by Symantec Corporation of VERITAS Software
  • $6.9 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems, Inc. of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
  • $6.5 billion acquisition by Exodus Communications Inc. of GlobalCenter
  • $3.8 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors, Inc. by SAP AG
  • $3.4 billion acquisition of Macromedia, Inc. by Adobe, Inc.
  • $3.0 billion acquisition of Giant Interactive Group Inc. by Giant Investment Limited and Giant Merger Limited 
  • $2.5 billion acquisition by VERITAS Software Corporation of Seagate Software
  • $2.4 billion acquisition of Data Domain, Inc. by EMC Corporation
  • $1.8 billion acquisition of Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd.
  • $1.4 billion acquisition by Intuit Inc. of Digital Insight

Gordy 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.

Gordy 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, Gordy 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.

Gordy's awards and recognitions include:

  • one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal in 2000, 2006, and 2013
  • "Corporate Lawyer of the Year" for the Silicon Valley by Best Lawyers in 2009 and 2013
  • “Securities Lawyer of the Year” for the San Francisco Area by Best Lawyers in 2010 and 2014
  • first tier of Corporate/M&A attorneys in the U.S. by Chambers USA
  • one of the 10 best corporate lawyers in California by California Lawyer magazine in August 2004
  • one of a dozen lawyers named to the AlwaysOn Power Players West list for 2011
  • one of the Top 25 Biotech Lawyers in California for 2011 by the Daily Journal
  • one of the top 100 venture capital deal makers by Forbes magazine’s Midas List in 2001 and 2004 - 2007
  • one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal (2012-2013)
  • one of the 100 best lawyers in Northern California (2004 - 2014) and one of the three leading lawyers in Silicon Valley (2008) by Super Lawyers magazine
  • one of "100 People Who Changed Our World" by Upside magazine in October 2001

About Gordy