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 Represents IGN - Going Private Transaction

August 29, 2003

In addition to the other good pre-Labor Day news that we've seen today, I wanted to let you know that IGN Entertainment, Inc. just closed its going private transaction. Shareholders of IGN were paid approximately $30 million. F&W began representing IGN shortly after its formation in 1999 and took IGN public in March 2000. The firm has represented IGN in many capacities, including litigation, licensing, trademark, copyright, privacy, real estate, corporate, M&A and securities work since that time. IGN was one of the last Internet companies to go public before the Internet bubble burst. Unlike many of its contemporaries, IGN survived the last three years and has regained substantial value since its low point in late 2001. The going private transaction reflects a revived type of deal that a number of companies are now considering. This transaction stretched our capabilities and gives us an excellent reference for transactions involving difficult fiduciary issues similar to those involved in leveraged buyouts. We continue to represent IGN and hope that IGN will keep growing as the leading information and entertainment destination for teen and young adult gamers.

Individuals who played substantial roles in the transaction include Bill Hughes, who, with guidance from Jeff Vetter, led the transaction to a very smooth conclusion on both the corporate and securities fronts, and Kathleen Greeson, Ron Schrotenboer, Scott Spector, David Forst, Eileen Robinett, Blake Stafford, Doug Cogen, Stephen Gillespie, Evette Pennypacker, Greg Hartker, Mona Clee, Monifa Clayton, Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, Liza Morgan, Cameron Sheldon, Anne Dana, Nick Tatlonghari, Helen Guevara, Louise Roberts, Adreene Harper, Mary Zona, Catherine Tenner and Candida Cappadocia and others whose efforts are very much appreciated.