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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

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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 >

Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650.988.8500

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.875.2300

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
206.389.4510

Shanghai Office
Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
No. 1155 Fang Dian Road
Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200

India

About Our India Practice

Fenwick’s India Practice counsels clients in the U.S. and India on cross-border legal issues that arise in a variety of contexts. Known for our extensive transactional and dispute experience and familiarity with the technology sectors and laws in both countries, clients in the U.S. and India rely on us for advice on a wide range of corporate, intellectual property, litigation, labor and employment, dispute resolution and cross-border tax-related matters, including cross-border financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and employment mobility issues.

The firm's corporate and intellectual property lawyers represent clients on complex cross-border transactions in industries such as software and information technology (including eCommerce, mobile, Internet, electronics and security), life sciences (including pharmaceuticals), and clean technology (including renewable energy). Through our corporate and tax practices, we help companies form and structure corporate entities to efficiently operate in the U.S., India and elsewhere. Our litigators handle complex litigation disputes involving intellectual property, securities, tax and employment issues.

We represent a wide range of cross-border entities, from emerging companies to large, established multinationals. Representative India-based clients include Reliance Industries, TaTa, InMobi, SMS GupShup and Druva Software, and representative U.S.-based companies with significant operations in India include Cisco Systems, Symantec and Synopsys. We also advise venture capital funds such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures in their investments and other transactions in India.

As with any market, having the right local relationships is imperative to successfully representing our clients. In India, we have close working relationships with leading law firms, government and accounting/tax experts. This is exemplified by our attorneys that have been on the ground in India. For example, at the invitation of the High Courts of India, Fenwick partner Vic Schachter has been participating in projects to establish and develop mediation centers in New Delhi, Bangalore, Kochi, Chennai and elsewhere to reduce the backlog of court cases and facilitate timely, fair dispute resolution. In another example, Fenwick partner Rajiv Patel co-chaired one of the largest legal conferences in India for the global International Technology Law Association for a number of years.

Our expertise in the legal, business and cultural considerations that arise in cross-border U.S./India legal matters, coupled with our deep understanding of our clients’ technologies and business needs, results in practical legal advice and superior deal execution for our clients in both countries. Contact us to discuss how we can help you with your next U.S./India cross-border matter.