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 >

FLEX by Fenwick is the only service created by an AmLaw 100 firm that provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for interim in-house legal needs to high-growth companies.  MORE >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  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 #1 in the Americas for number of technology deals in 2015 by Mergermarket
  • 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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Fenwick Honored as a Best Place to Work in the Bay Area for 11th Consecutive Year

Mountain View, CA (April 25, 2017) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that, for the 11th consecutive year, the firm was recognized among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The publication honored Fenwick as one of the top 10 large Bay Area companies (250-999 employees), and the top law firm in this category. The award recognizes Bay Area companies that have “exceptional workplaces and value the contributions of their employees.”

“Our focus on fostering a collaborative, team-oriented culture is a competitive advantage that has always set our firm apart,” Fenwick chair Richard Dickson said. “It creates a rewarding work environment and earns us points with clients who consistently note that our approach leads to top-quality service.”

Pat Lyden, Fenwick’s chief human resources officer, added, “We are grateful to be recognized for the 11th year in a row. We’ve strived to make the firm a friendly and open working environment that strengthens us as creative problem solvers.”

In their profile of Fenwick, the Times and the Journal highlighted the firm’s work to create opportunities for individual development and career growth that include the firm’s staff tuition reimbursement program, Fenwick University Programs that facilitate attorney development at all stages of their careers, and mentoring programs that help employees grow and further their careers by sharing knowledge, experiences, goals and planning strategies.

The publications also cited popular perks that Fenwick employees can enjoy, including the SoFi student loan refinancing program, an onsite gym, transportation allowance, wellness programs, supplementary child/adult care, flexible work hours and a Health Advocate program that helps lawyers and staff navigate challenging healthcare issues.

The Best Places to Work rankings were based on employee responses to a wide range of questions that covered workplace environment, management communication, benefits and compensation.

Companies were honored at an awards celebration held on April 18 in San Francisco. The entire list of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2017 is available through the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal websites.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West LLP provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies – at every stage of their lifecycle – and the investors that partner with them. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. For more information, visit