Fenwick & West Adds Prominent Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Partner Shawn Lampron

November 1, 2010 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP, a leading technology and life sciences law firm with offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Seattle, is pleased to announce today that Shawn E. Lampron, a prominent executive compensation and employee benefits attorney, has joined the firm as a partner in its Mountain View office.

Ms. Lampron brings to Fenwick & West 25 years of expertise and experience with start ups, emerging growth and public companies, and venture and institutional investors. She works with clients to structure compensation and benefit programs that cover the full range of equity and cash compensation arrangements, including stock option and stock purchase plans, 401(k) plans, ESOPs, cafeteria plans and other fringe benefit arrangements. She also negotiates and prepares incentive, employment and severance arrangements, representing key employees as well as employers.

In addition, Ms. Lampron will work closely with lawyers in Fenwick's corporate group on merger and acquisition transactions and securities offerings, and has significant experience in this area of great importance to the firm's clients.

Fenwick Chair Gordon K. Davidson stated, "Shawn is the perfect choice to join our very active Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice. She combines extraordinary legal skill and client service with sound business judgment, which makes her a highly valued counselor for our clients."

Scott Spector, Chair of Fenwick's Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice group, added, "The addition of Shawn's knowledge and experience to Fenwick's understanding of the complexity of executive compensation and related corporate governance issues and their importance to our clients reflects our commitment to addressing the current and future needs of our clients. We are very pleased to have Shawn as our partner and look forward to working with her."

Ms. Lampron stated, "Fenwick & West is the right fit for me. Fenwick has a strong reputation and a robust practice. I am particularly drawn to the collaborative culture of the firm and its vision for the future of the practice of law."

Most recently before joining Fenwick & West, Ms. Lampron was a partner in the Redwood City office of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP.

Ms. Lampron is a co-author of Executive Compensation for Emerging Companies. She received a J.D. and L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Government from Harvard College.

Ms. Lampron is an active member of the California and Massachusetts State Bars.

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP is one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to clean tech, life sciences and other technology clients in Seattle, San Francisco and Silicon Valley; particularly in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, securities, venture capital and other corporate finance, corporate governance, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, intellectual property, taxation and employment and labor law. More information can be found on

About Fenwick & West's Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group

The Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group counsels technology and Fortune 500 companies on the complex compensation and benefits issues that arise during transactions. Our group's expertise includes: handling the issues that regularly arise with equity plans, executive compensation agreements and other employment benefit arrangements when clients are involved in mergers, acquisitions and public securities offerings; establishing and administering employee benefit arrangements; creating tax qualified plans and fringe benefit plans that comply with ever-changing regulatory requirements; and advising on complex 409A deferred compensation and 280G parachute payment issues.

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