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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

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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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The Most Significant Employment Law Developments of 2013

In 2013, there were several employment law developments that will undoubtedly affect your workplace. The Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group invites you to attend its annual complimentary briefing to learn more about the most important developments from 2013, and offer recommendations to effectively comply with significant changes in the law in 2014 and beyond.

Attorneys Daniel J. McCoy, Saundra L. M. Riley and Sheeva J. Ghassemi-Vanni will summarize developments in several areas including:

  • Wage/Hour: California’s staged minimum wage increase (and its effect on the minimum salary for certain exempt employees); added penalties for wage-and-hour-related retaliation; limitation on employer recovery of attorneys’ fees in wage claims; and important intern and other worker classification developments.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity: Expansion of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act to cover military and veteran status; new California law regarding sexual harassment; and other developments regarding gender, age, disability and race discrimination and harassment.
  • Leaves of Absence: Court guidance on additional leave as a reasonable accommodation for pregnancy-related issues and expansion of leave for victims of crime and stalking.
  • Arbitration: New court decisions regarding enforceability, particularly with respect to “class action waivers.”
  • Social Media: Court and NLRB guidance on postings, policies and account ownership and state legislation protecting employee social media account privacy.
  • Select Employee Benefits: San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance; extension of Paid Family Leave benefits during a leave to care for grandparents, siblings, and in-laws; and important amendments affecting employer responses to unemployment insurance claims.
  • Agencies: Impact of EDD determination on subsequent agency claim.

Join us on January 16, 2014 for this complimentary program as we explain how these and many other developments will impact your workplace.