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:

  • 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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New York Office
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Employment Discrimination Law Update

​This is the definitive annual advanced-level update of the most significant developments in EEO and their impact on employment practices. Topics covered include:

  • Developments in Equal Employment Opportunity...a review of recent Supreme Court cases, and significant appellate and trial court cases and their application and implications for the employment law and human resource community;
  • Update on Harassment and Internal Investigations...a comprehensive discussion by Dennis Duffy of judicial and EEOC developments on harassment and internal investigations;
  • Understanding the Complexities of Retaliation and Whistleblowing Claims...coverage of why and how courts are sharply divided on applying key elements in retaliation, as well as the explosion of whistleblower legislation, Dodd Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley issues;
  • Terminations and Severance Agreements...current legal authority and the nuances of drafting termination, separation and severance agreements, enforcement of waivers of employment claims, and other related issues;
  • The e-Workplace: Balancing Privacy and Information-Security to Manage up-to-date analysis of key legal, technology and HR issues relating to data security and privacy;
  • ADA Update...the latest developments on "qualified" and "reasonable accommodation," including new ground-breaking cases and EEOC positions on both;
  • FMLA Compliance...offering practical guidance in light of recent case law decisions, including Windsor, and DOL guidance and regulations; and
  • Arbitration of Employment Claims....a current "hot topic" with recent game-changing Supreme Court opinions on key issues such as class action waivers -- the NLRB and state courts are refining the law as well.