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 & West Achieves Ninth Circuit Victory For Sega and Electronic Arts

October 25, 2013

​​Fenwick successfully represented Sega of America and Electronic Arts in an appeal from the dismissal of a copyright infringement case filed in the Central District of California by Kenneth Penders, an artist who contributed content to certain “Sonic the Hedgehog” comic books and claimed to own copyrights in that content.

In his complaint, Penders alleged that Sega and EA used some of the content in question in the video game “Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.” The parties stipulated to stay the action pending resolution of an earlier-filed litigation in the Southern District of New York over Penders’ alleged ownership of that content between Penders and Archie Comics, the publisher of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” comic books. Upon receipt of the stipulation, the court instead dismissed the case without prejudice, advising Penders he could re-file his lawsuit against Sega and EA following resolution of the New York litigation. Rather than await resolution, however, Penders immediately re-filed his case in the Central District, and Sega and EA moved to dismiss it on the basis of the “first to file” rule. The court granted the motion, again dismissing the case without prejudice. Penders appealed that second dismissal to the Ninth Circuit, arguing that dismissal rather than a stay was inappropriate because, among other things, the statute of limitations would significantly impact his damages. The Ninth Circuit rejected that argument on the basis that it had not been presented to the district court, and affirmed the dismissal in all respects.

The Fenwick litigation team was led by Jennifer Kelly and Rodger Cole.​​