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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For decades, Fenwick & West has been keeping pace with clients who have redefined gaming and entertainment through rapid innovation.
With one of the most active gaming and digital media practices of any law firm in the country, Fenwick has represented pioneering game publishers, developers, platform manufacturers and content providers in the interactive entertainment arena, including Apple, Capcom, Twitter, Electronic Arts, Netflix, Glu Mobile, Ngmoco:), Google and Facebook.
From mobile, video games and social networking to content distribution and rights, companies of all sizes in this rapidly evolving sector turn to Fenwick to help them navigate every stage of growth and to resolve the complex legal and business issues that arise when entertainment and technology come together.
For more than two decades we have been helping gaming and digital media companies through their complete life cycle, from initial concepts through exit strategy. For instance, we represented Electronic Arts from its inception in 1982, through its IPO and continue to represent them today. The growth of our Gaming and Digital Media practice has mirrored this rapidly growing sector. Today, we provide a wide range of services for companies of all sizes, including:
Our more than 25 licensing and technology transactions attorneys – devoted full-time to analyzing transactions – have deep experience in structuring and negotiating mission critical commercial agreements for video game and digital media companies, including development, distribution, publishing, celebrity, e-commerce, IT sourcing, and strategic transactions. We have counseled, drafted or negotiated development, distribution and publishing deals for Electronic Arts, Glu Mobile, VeriSign, Amazon and IGN.
Fenwick & West has one of the preeminent gaming and digital media M&A practices in the nation, ranked by Legal 500 among the top 3 corporate and M&A law firms in the U.S. for the interactive entertainment sector. In recent years, we have completed more than 125 transactions in the digital media/interactive entertainment space, valued in excess of $7 billion, for clients such as Electronic Arts, Glu Mobile, Twitter, Facebook, ngmoco:) and Capcom.
As one of the top U.S. law firms for technology start-ups, Fenwick is consistently ranked by Dow Jones and Chambers USA as one of the Top 5 VC practices in the U.S. We currently represent hundreds of venture-backed or private equity-backed private companies, including a large number of emerging gaming and digital media clients –Flipboard, GaiKai, Dropbox, Digital Chocolate and Linden Lab.
We will provide more than just legal solutions; we will demonstrate that we understand your business, your goals, and the complex issues that occur when the pace of innovation exceeds the law and even current business models. Because we come to the table already armed with industry-specific expertise, we can take the time to dive into your unique situation. This means we will respond swiftly with cost-efficient and practical business guidance.
Whatever your needs may be, we will draw upon the expertise of professionals from all areas of our practice, including our intellectual property, sweepstakes, contests and promotions, privacy, executive compensation and benefits, corporate, tax and litigation practice groups. Drawing from the best subject matter experts from every practice group, you will receive the support you need to effectively and rapidly address your most complex matters.
Fenwick has been working with rapidly growing companies at the forefront of innovation for more than four decades. We will work hard to enforce and defend your IP rights, including complex copyright protection, pursuing cybersquatters, protecting the IP rights in software code, platform names, game names and character images.
At Fenwick, we pride ourselves on delivering best-in-class legal services in a highly efficient and effective manner to companies of all sizes. Regularly ranked as one of the top U.S. law firms for client service, we have numerous mechanisms for receiving and acting on client feedback to improve client service. Whether you are an industry leader or an emerging company, you deserve—and will receive—the same attention to detail, efficiency, cost-containment and personal attention for which we have become known.
When you’re ready to take your company to the next level, contact us.