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.
Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
San Francisco Office
555 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
1191 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Effective and efficient management of electronic information is a business imperative – particularly in the context of complex legal matters like litigations, corporate transactions and government inquiries.
Fenwick & West's EIM Group provides mission-critical electronic information management services to the firm's clients in all areas of the firm's practice.
EIM Group saves our clients money and time when it comes to managing, collecting, analyzing and producing electronic information.
EIM focuses on developing and using technology tools to enhance the quality and speed of the firm's provision of services to its clients in all areas, from complex corporate transactions to government investigations to high-stakes litigations.
The Group is comprised of a rare mix of highly experienced practicing attorneys, lawyers-turned-technologists and career IT professionals. The IT members of EIM include an experienced certified computer forensics investigator and several others highly skilled in networks, processing and analysis.
These teammates bring unique perspectives to the realm of law technology tools.
Our Records Retention Services help companies of all sizes develop practical policies that not only effectively manage risk, but also enable and improve compliance with various legal obligations. We advise clients on legally compliant and technologically sound methods of retention, preservation and destruction of electronic information, including:
Download an overview of our retention and destruction regimes for electronic and paper records here.
Once a dispute, transaction or investigation arises, we minimize costs by only collecting the necessary data and by doing so very quickly using unique software tools.
We apply automated de-duplication processes to cull out huge sets of irrelevant and duplicative data. These processes minimize the need for you to pay lawyers to review mountains of electronic information.
Our award-winning FIND de-duplication and filtering methods often reduce the volume of data needing review by 20%-80%.
We build secure extranets to share information over the Web with clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel and other parties. We have one of the most robust law firm extranet environments in the world, with more than 450 secure extranet sites in use daily.
Using Web-based tools to share documents, review data and provide advice yields significant benefits. Work progress can be reviewed online at any time, from any location with an Internet connection.
Our collaboration extranets allow members to upload, download, review and pupon documents, review calendars and due dates and engage in Web-based meetings whenever and wherever they may be conducting business.
The EIM Group is trained to conduct in-depth investigations of computer data and data systems. Attorney members are all highly experienced practitioners. Two technologist members are former senior litigators. Three other technologist members are certified in the use of computer forensic tools. Additional IT members are specially trained in networking, processing and analysis.
Our investigation team has handled more than 100 matters, involving the SEC, Department of Justice, IRS, the Attorney General of the State of New York, FCC, FTC as well as litigation in the Federal and state courts.
We have invested in a Network Operations Center comprised of more than 90 servers offering more than 75 Terabytes of online storage – all monitored 24/7 – so that we can instantly respond to our clients' needs. We use the best customized and commercially available software and hardware. And our capabilities are constantly expanding.
When the matter calls for it, we can scale up to the largest bet-the-business litigation or transaction.
On the Litigation front, one recent successful long-term matter entailed what we believe to be the largest collection of data and records in a civil case in the country. In that case, we helped achieve a very favorable result by:
On the Corporate front, we recently expedited a mammoth $7.0 billion acquisition by enabling:
Security is our top-level priority. We follow (and often define) industry best practices in data-handling. We also strongly encourage our clients to use secure e-mail or to communicate via our secure websites.