Firmwide

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360 for three of the past five years (2020)
  • More than 25 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global (2020)
  • Recognized by The American Lawyer as one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States by revenue (2020)
  • Ranked No. 1 in The American Lawyer’s inaugural Composite Ranking Index—a new benchmark scoring AmLaw 200 firms on an index of key financial and diversity metrics (2021)
  • Honored as a Law360 Powerhouse in recognition of the firm's technology and life sciences work, including significant M&A and investment deals and a succession of major litigation wins (2019)
  • Recognized among the five largest law firms in the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2020)
  • Ranked among the top ten law firms in the U.S. for diversity by The American Lawyer (2020)
  • Honored among North America's most innovative law firms bythe Financial Times (2018)
  • Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times for twelve consecutive years; Fenwick is the highest ranked law firm overall and one of only three law firms recognized (2018). Also ranked among the Best Places to Work​ in New York City by Crain's. One of only seven law firms honored on Crain’s entire list, Fenwick was ranked sixth overall — and was the top-ranked law firm — in the midsize companies category (2019)
  • Honored with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s Beacon of Justice award for helping increase access to justice for low-income individuals (2014)
  • Successful pro bono Ninth Circuit appeal for the Center for Investigative Reporting which was recognized with the 2021 James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists

International

  • Recognized by Chambers Global for excellence in technology and tax law, as well as corporate/M&A work in Israel (2020)
  • Eleven Fenwick partners recognized by Chambers Global in the top tiers for global excellence in intellectual property, litigation, corporate and tax work (2020)
  • Received Global Tech Deal of the Year award from Global M&A Network for representing GitHub in its $7.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft Corporation​ (2019)
  • Received Global Deal of the Year award from Global M&A Network for representing Ireland-based King Digital Entertainment in its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision Blizzard (2016)
  • Received Asia Pacific Private Equity Deal of the Year award from Global M&A Network for the firm’s role in Giant Interactive’s $3 billion going private transaction (2015)
  • Received China Deal of the Year by the China Business Law Journal for the firm’s role in Giant Interactive’s $3 billion going private transaction (2014)

Corporate

  • Honored as a Capital Markets Group of the Year by ​​Law360 (2020)
  • Ranked Tier 1 nationally for startups and emerging companies work by Chambers USA​, as well as in California for venture capital; also ranked nationally for M&A and corporate work, in California for capital markets and employee benefits and executive compensation, and in Washington for corporate and commercial representation (2020)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 in the highest tier nationally for technology transactions, as well as venture capital and emerging companies work. Also honored among the United States’ leading firms for M&A, capital markets, and employee benefits and executive compensation (2020)
  • Named among America’s Top Trusted Corporate Law Firms by Forbes (2019)
  • Recognized as the Technology Law Firm of the Year by Global M&A Network for five consecutive years (2019)
  • Ranked one of the top law firms nationally for venture capital law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (2019)
  • Recognized by Global M&A Network with the USA Corporate Deal of the Year award for representing Workday in its $1.5 billion acquisition of Adaptive Insights (2019)
  • Honored by Global M&A Network with two Deal of the Year awards for representing King Digital Entertainment in its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision Blizzard and representing Symantec in its $7.4 billion sale of Veritas Technologies Corporation to an investor group led by The Carlyle Group (2016)
  • Handled the year's largest venture-backed IPO, Fitbit's $732 million IPO (2015)
  • Named M&A Mid-Market Team of the Year by The Legal 500 (2015)
  • Honored by Global M&A Network with the Technology Deal of the Year for the firm’s role in WhatsApp’s $19 billion acquisition by Facebook, and the Asia Pacific Private Equity Deal of the Year award for the firm’s role in Giant Interactive’s $3 billion going private transaction from Global M&A Network (2015)
  • Handled five of the year’s top 10 venture capital-backed tech exits, including both the largest venture-backed IPO and venture-backed acquisition on behalf of the target (2014)​
  • Named Emerging Companies Group of the Year by The Recorder (2014)

Litigation

  • Honored in the highest tier nationally and in California by World Trademark Review 1000 for outstanding work in trademark enforcement and litigation (2020)​
  • Recommended among the top patent litigation shops in California, New York and Washington in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners​ ​(2020)​
  • Selected as one of the top firms in California for securities litigation by Chambers USA (2020)
  • Selected as one of the top firms nationally for trademark and copyright litigation and in California for trademark, copyright and patent litigation by Managing Intellectual Property (2020)
  • Recognized as a national leader for copyright, trademark, patent and securities litigation by The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ​Named one of just six finalists for Tech Litigation Department of the Year in The Recorder’s California Leaders in Tech Law and Innovation Awards (2019)
  • Secured first-tier national rankings for IP litigation and patent litigation and a first-tier San Francisco ranking for commercial litigation and securities litigation in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms (2019)
  • Recognized as a go-to law firm for IP litigation by in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies in Corporate Counsel magazine (2015)
  • Named California’s Securities Litigation Department of the Year by The Recorder (2013)

Intellectual Property

  • Named U.S. Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property (2021) and Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year for the western U.S. for the third time in four years (2020) 
  • Named Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year in the western U.S. by Managing Intellectual Property (2021)
  • Named U.S. Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year by World Trademark Review (2020)
  • Recognized in the highest tier nationally and in California for both trademark prosecution and trademark litigation in World Trademark Review 1000 (2020)​
  • Recognized as the largest IP law firm in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2020)
  • Recognized as a leading law firm for intellectual property and a Tier 1 firm in California for IT & Outsourcing: Transactions by Chambers USA (2020)
  • Recognized in the highest tier nationally for patent licensing, patent prosecution and technology transactions by The Legal 500 and also recognized as a national leader in copyright, trademark and privacy (2020)
  • Recommended nationally for patent prosecution and patent transactions in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2020)
  • Named one of the top U.S. and California firms for copyright, trademark and patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property (2020)
  • Honored as U.S. Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property (2018)​ and by IP Media Group at the inaugural Global IP Awards (2019)
  • Ranked in the top tiers nationally and in San Francisco and San Jose for patent law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® and also ranked among the leading firms for copyright and trademark law nationally and in San Francisco and San Jose (2019)

Tax

  • Recognized for excellence in tax work by Chambers Global and Chambers USA (2020)
  • Named San Francisco's Tax Firm of the Year by International Tax Review 11 times in the last 15 years (2020)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 as a leader in domestic and international tax and tax controversy (2020)
  • Ranked in the first tier for tax law in San Jose in the Best Law Firms guide released by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. Also ranked among the leading tax litigation firms in San Jose (2019)
  • Awarded First Tier status as one of the World’s Leading Tax Planning Firms (2018) and as one of the World’s Leading Transactional Firms by International Tax Review (2019)
  • Awarded first tier status every year by World Tax Review, most recently in the 2019 guide (2019)
  • Named the U.S. Tax Court Firm of the Year by International Tax Review (2017)​
  • Named the U.S. West Coast Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year by International Tax Review (2016)
  • Honored with two Tax Deal of the Year awards by International Tax Review at the Americas Awards Dinner in the financial services and media & entertainment categories (2017)

Diversity, Sustainability & Culture

  • Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times for 10 of the last 12 years (2020); Also ranked among the Top 100 Best Places to Work in NYC by Crain's (2020)
  • Ranked among the top four most diverse firms in the AmLaw 100 in The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard (2021). Among the Top 15 Most Diverse Law Firms in the U.S. for the past 6 years
  • Law360 has ranked Fenwick among law firms with the most diverse equity partnerships in its annual Diversity Snapshot, placing No. 8 among mid-size firms (2021)
  • Recognized as having the best mentoring program in North America by Euromoney at its Women in Business Law Americas Awards for seven consecutive years. Also recognized as North America's best firm for talent management (2020). Fenwick has also been honored as having North America's best pro bono program for six consecutive years and was named the best North American firm for women in business law three times in four years (2019)
  • Honored among the 50 Best Law Firms for Women by Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) for a fourth year (2021)
  • Shortlisted as finalist among the leading firms furthering diversity and inclusion as part of the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America (2020)
  • Annually receive 100% score (A+ rating) on The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for Fenwick’s pro-LGBT policies and working environment (2020)
  • Recipient of the 2021 James Madison Freedom of Information Award in the Legal Counsel category from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Received the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society’s Guardian of Justice Award (2017)
  • Named Philanthropist of the Year by Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley (2015)
  • Received the Animal Legal Defense Fund's Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award (2015)
  • Recognized by The National Law Journal on its Pro Bono Hot List, which recognizes the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for pro bono work (2014)
  • Honored with the Beacon of Justice award by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association for helping increase access to justice for low-income individuals (2014)
  • Received the San Francisco Business Times’ 2014 Community Impact Award for the firm’s Virtual Pro Bono Project, which uses technology to bring legal services to low-income people in rural areas (2014)
  • The first U.S. law firm to have a LEED-CI Platinum-certified office (our Seattle office) — we additionally have a LEED-EB Gold-certified office in Mountain View, CA. — and the first law firm certified by Santa Clara County (the county covering most of Silicon Valley) as an environmentally sustainable Green Business
  • Received the Business Environmental Award for Sustainable Built Environment in recognition of the firm’s state-of-the-art Green Data Center by Acterra, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs (2012)

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