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:

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360
  • Ranked the #1 firm worldwide for technology deals through Q3 2015
  • Nearly 20 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers
  • Consistently ranked among the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for diversity
  • Recognized as having top mentoring and pro bono programs by Euromoney


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 >

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.   MORE >

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Digital Health

About Our Digital Health Practice

For nearly four decades, paradigm-changing companies in emerging industries have turned to Fenwick & West for trusted counsel. From life sciences and software to interactive media and social networking, our clients have dominated their spaces and set the standards for their industries.

Now mobile communications, information management and data security are converging to implement digital health products and services, and Fenwick is once again helping to shape an industry. Our expertise in applying applicable precedents and establishing new frameworks will put the next generation of digital health leaders on solid legal and business footing going forward.

Why Digital Health Companies Turn to Fenwick

Fenwick’s digital health clients play a crucial role in the shaping of this industry, which can be examined in part by the Digital Health Industry Map created by Fenwick. Our attorneys are in the frontline with digital health companies, providing insight and analysis on current, important legal issues and hot topics affecting the industry, as showcased on our Life Sciences Legal Insights blog​.

Over 200 digital health companies have made Fenwick their trusted legal partner, and the list – like the industry – is growing quickly. We are called upon to resolve legal and business issues at the nexus of this innovative industry by companies in a wide range of products and services, including:

  • Electronic medical record
  • Mobile health
  • Big data
  • Software development
  • Scheduling solutions
  • Social/community networks
  • Patient/physician interaction
  • Wearable technology
  • Online Fitness
  • Payment
  • Scheduling solutions
  • Pharmaceutical marketplace
  • Cloud computing

We are their counsel of choice for two reasons:

Our Digital Health practice is well established and primed
Our digital health attorneys have strong technical backgrounds and extensive experience working with all the components of this emerging sector. We have served innovators in telecommunications; network infrastructure and security; life sciences; software, hardware and peripherals; cloud computing; social networking and eCommerce. Also, our in-depth experience in the healthcare, diagnostic, medical device and bioinformatics sectors best positions Fenwick to effectively protect and maximize the commercial value of healthcare technology companies. Our attorneys have extensive familiarity with digital health business models at play and the regulatory issues that occur specific to those models. We are in lockstep with your industry because we know firsthand where you’ve been.

Fenwick & West is here to help you
Your digital health technologies, products and services promise to fundamentally transform the ways in which patients, caregivers, clinicians, manufacturers, payers, consumers and users interconnect and interact. By combining cutting-edge technologies and applying them to healthcare, you are not only creating a new industry—you are leapfrogging current law and business models. Our team, like yours, is expert in reengineering proven approaches to address brand new challenges. From intellectual property to financing and corporate governance to privacy, count on us to successfully guide you through the unchartered legal and business considerations that will prove paramount to digital health operations such as yours.