Santa Monica, CA (September 4, 2019) – Fenwick & West today announced that Andrew Klungness has joined the firm as a partner in its new Santa Monica office. He joins Fenwick’s technology transactions practice, part of the firm’s intellectual property group.
Klungness works with innovative and disruptive companies, helping them navigate the opportunities and risks presented by emerging technologies and negotiating a wide range of strategic and commercial transactions. With over twenty years of experience supporting his clients’ growth, he services companies in a number of industries, including e-commerce, mobile, social media, hardware, SaaS, interactive entertainment and consumer products.
“We are delighted to welcome Andrew to Fenwick,” said Jennifer Stanley, chair of Fenwick’s copyright practice and its games industry group. “He is a great lawyer who focuses on solutions and strategic advice and will help support the growth in demand we’re seeing from businesses in consumer entertainment technology.”
“Andrew’s extensive experience and strong technical capabilities make him a great addition to our growing Santa Monica office,” said Fenwick intellectual property chair Rajiv Patel. “He will help meet the demand for technology transactions capabilities and resources from our clients in the greater Los Angeles ecosystem.”
Klungness said, “Fenwick has a leading practice representing technology companies in the greater Los Angeles area. I'm excited to bring Fenwick's depth of expertise to intellectual property-driven businesses, like my clients, to help them grow. The firm’s singular focus on technology and life sciences and thorough understanding of startup and emerging growth companies — along with a strong, collaborative platform — are compelling and make Fenwick the clear firm of choice in Santa Monica for a technology-focused practice like my own.”
Fenwick’s intellectual property group added partner Vejay Lalla in 2018 to support growing demand in the digital media and consumer technology space, and has been ranked as one of the leading practices for both intellectual property protection and litigation by numerous organizations, including Chambers USA, Managing Intellectual Property, IAM Patent 1000, World Trademark Review 1000 and The Legal 500.
Fenwick’s Santa Monica office has grown steadily since opening in early 2019 — recently adding corporate partner Sarah Chambless and five new associates, in addition to Klungness — and now boasts more than 20 professionals.
Fenwick in Los Angeles
Fenwick opened its Santa Monica office — located at 228 Santa Monica Boulevard — in early 2019 to better serve its more than 200 clients in the Los Angeles region — which include innovative startups, established companies and venture capital investors. Responding to the increased demand from Southern California’s technology, life sciences and investment communities, the firm also partners with incubators and accelerators to support the newest generation of Los Angeles-based innovators.
One of the world’s top law firms focused on technology and life sciences, Fenwick was recognized among North America’s most innovative law firms by the Financial Times. The firm services the needs of technology and life sciences clients around the globe from its six offices, located in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, New York and now Santa Monica.
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