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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From the early stages of the Internet — before there was even a World Wide Web — Fenwick & West established itself as a law firm that companies turn to for help with the ever-evolving legal challenges of online commerce, communication and technology.
Today, we represent companies at every stage of development and in every sector, from eCommerce and advertising to social networking, online gaming, media, cloud computing and data management. From emerging innovators to industry leaders such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter, our clients rely on us to develop creative solutions that build value.
At Fenwick, we provide more than just legal solutions. Our track record of helping our clients become commercially successful demonstrates that we understand the complex issues that arise when the pace of innovation exceeds the law and even current business models. Whatever our clients’ needs may be, we draw upon the expertise from all areas of our practice, including financing, mergers, acquisitions, intellectual property, privacy, executive compensation and benefits, corporate, tax and litigation, to provide usable, cost-effective solutions to your problems.
Fenwick has deep and long-standing relationships with the most active venture capitalists focused on the Internet industry. We know better than almost any other law firm how the venture community works – everything from which investors are specifically interested in your technology and stage of growth, to when it makes sense to remain independent or pursue and IPO or merger. We can also provide you with guidance on business model issues, fundraising strategy and development of quality investor materials suitable for meaningful evaluation.
Fenwick has worked diligently to enforce and defend the intellectual property rights of rapidly growing companies at the forefront of innovation. Companies of all sizes rely on us for advice and representation in all areas of intellectual property, including patent, licensing, copyright, trademark, and trade secret. We also deal extensively with Internet and digital distribution copyright issues, included fair use issues in a digital environment and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbors.
We have handled watershed intellectual infringement battles for clients in the Internet space. Notably, we successfully defended Amazon in its 1-click patent infringement case against Barnes and Noble and in several other infringement cases. We also successfully defended Netflix in Lycos v. Netflix et al., and in several other matters, all to favorable resolution. Fenwick was named a “Go-To” law firm for litigation by The American Lawyer and are one of the top-dozen firms that Fortune 400 companies rely on for IP litigation and counseling, according to IP Worldwide.
We have one of the most active and highly ranked M&A practices in the nation and have represented Internet companies in over 100 buy-side or sell-side acquisitions in excess of $8.5 billion. We have acted as counsel in many significant Internet mergers, including VeriSign’s $21 billion acquisition of Network Solutions, one of the largest Internet deals to date, and more than 25 other VeriSign acquisitions. We also acted as counsel in Google’s acquisition of Postini, Amazon’s acquisition of Quidsi (Diapers.com and Soap.com), Amazon’s acquisition of Zappos.com, and Shutterfly’s acquisition of TinyPrints. In addition, we have represented Facebook in over 15 acquisitions and Twitter in over ten acquisitions.
Our tax group is comprised of seasoned tax attorneys who are consistently recognized as the best in their field by Chambers USA, Who’s Who in Corporate Tax and Europmoney. We represent companies ranging from emerging enterprises to Fortune 500 companies, including more than 40 of the Fortune 100 companies. The firm was also honored by International Tax Review as one of the “world’s leading tax transactional firms” in 2011 and has also been ranked as a First Tier tax practice by International Tax Review since the survey’s inception.