Fenwick Elects 2023 Partner Class

Fenwick today announced the election of seven lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1, 2023.

“As our firm continues its strategic growth and success, we are honored to welcome our new members to the partnership,” said Fenwick Chair Richard Dickson. “They have each demonstrated exemplary counsel and advocacy for our clients and have contributed to our firm’s strong culture. We are excited for our future as we continue to deliver ingenuity and value to the complex challenges of our technology and life sciences clients.”

The new partners, who are based in Silicon Valley, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, are:

Matthew Damm, Litigation, New York: Matthew represents public and private companies of different sizes on a wide range of labor and employment law issues. He advises on and litigates employment matters related to employment contracts and agreements, severance agreements, restrictive covenants, independent contractor agreements and discrimination and harassment claims. He also has extensive experience providing targeted employment law compliance counseling at the local, state and federal level.

Michael Knobler, Tax, Silicon Valley: Mike advises clients in a wide range of tax related issues, including international and domestic corporate and partnership tax planning, tax transactional work, M&A issues and tax controversies. He has helped individual, Fortune 100, and Fortune 1000 clients obtain favorable outcomes in the U.S. Tax Court and in disputes with the IRS and state tax authorities. He advises multinationals on complex structuring and foreign tax credit questions and helps startups develop tax-efficient strategies for obtaining financing and rewarding their founders and workforce.

Victoria Lupu, Corporate, Silicon Valley: Victoria represents life sciences, healthcare and technology clients in a range of strategic transactions. She regularly advises on both the buy-side and the sell-side in mergers, reverse mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, carve-out transactions and divestitures and other strategic investments. Her M&A experience includes a number of cross-border transactions involving companies based in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.

Ryan McRobert, Corporate, Seattle: Ryan provides strategic counsel to public and private technology and life sciences companies ranging from early startup teams to mature public companies. He has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and executing a wide variety of complex corporate transactions, including buy- and sell-side mergers and acquisitions for private and public companies, seed and venture capital financings, debt financings, corporate reorganizations and other strategic transactions.

Ryan Straus, Corporate, Seattle: Ryan provides strategic advice to blockchain and cryptocurrency clients, and other leading and emerging technology companies, on legal, policy and business issues relating to financial technology. With a legal background in both technology and financial services, Ryan has significant experience providing compliance guidance to fintech clients on a range of financial regulatory matters and has long-standing relationships with multinational, federal and state regulators.

Shannon Turner, Litigation, San Francisco: Shannon represents technology companies in a variety of high-stakes litigation matters. She has experience litigating a wide range of intellectual property and complex commercial disputes, with a particular focus on patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, false advertising and unfair competition. She has litigated cases in venues across the country, including in federal and state courts, arbitration, and the International Trade Commission.

Allen Wang, Litigation, Silicon Valley: Allen advises on litigation matters for technology clients, with an emphasis on patent litigation. He has significant experience litigating complex intellectual property disputes and has also represented clients in proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As a former software developer, Allen has a deep technical understanding of his clients’ technologies.

About Fenwick

Fenwick provides comprehensive legal services to leading technology and life sciences companies — at every stage of their lifecycle — and the investors that partner with them. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions in areas ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust and employment and labor law. For 50 years, Fenwick has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. For more information, visit fenwick.com.


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