Fenwick Honored Among Top Firms in The Legal 500 2023 U.S. Guide

Fenwick has once again been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the leading law firms in the United States, with 21 Fenwick practices ranked among the nation’s best.

This year, 84 Fenwick lawyers were featured in at least one category, including nine recognized as Leading Lawyers, three as Next Generation Partners and three as Rising Stars. The guide also honored five lawyers in its Hall of Fame: corporate partners Doug Cogen, Gordon Davidson and Cynthia Hess, tax partner David Forst and tax senior counsel James Fuller.

Fenwick received the highest possible recognition from The Legal 500 for middle-market mergers and acquisitions ($500 million to $999 million), technology transactions, patent licensing, patent prosecution and venture capital and emerging companies work.

The complete list of Fenwick lawyers and practices recognized by The Le​gal 500 is as follows:


Merger Control

  • Steve Albertson
  • Thomas Ensign
  • Mark Ostrau
  • Elizabeth Suarez


Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense

  • Marie Bafus
  • Michael Dicke
  • Catherine Kevane
  • Felix Lee
  • Christopher Steskal

Securities Litigation: Defense

  • Jennifer Bretan
  • Michael Dicke
  • Felix Lee
  • Catherine Kevane
  • Dean Kristy
  • Jay Pomerantz


Capital Markets: Equity Offerings

  • Ran Ben-Tzur
  • Michael Brown
  • Gordon Davidson
  • Katherine Duncan
  • Robert Freedman
  • Jennifer Hitchcock
  • Michael Pilo
  • Amanda Rose
  • Aman Singh
  • Alan Smith
  • Effie Toshav


  • Andrew Albertson
  • Michael Brown
  • Michael Dicke
  • Andrew Klungness
  • Bomi Lee

Fintech: Crypto


Life Sciences

  • Robert Counihan
  • Robert Freedman
  • Jake Handy
  • Melanie Mayer
  • Carl Morales (Next Generation Partner)
  • Jeffrey Oelke
  • Stefano Quintini
  • Amanda Rose
  • Matthew Rossiter
  • Effie Toshav
  • James Trainor



  • Andrew Bridges
  • David Hayes
  • Laurence Pulgram
  • Jennifer Stanley

Patents: Licensing

  • David Hayes (Leading Lawyer)
  • Jonathan Millard
  • Jennifer Stanley

Patents: Litigation (full coverage)

  • Robert Counihan
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Laura Moran
  • Jeffrey Oelke
  • Saina Shamilov

Patents: Prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

  • Anthony Jacobson
  • Daniel Becker (Leading Lawyer)
  • Daniel Brownstone
  • Michael Farn
  • Robert Hulse
  • Carl Morales
  • Rajiv Patel
  • Antonia Sequeira
  • Jae Won Song
  • Hayan Yoon (Rising Star)

Trademarks: Litigation

  • Irene Aguirre
  • Eric Ball
  • Armen Nercessian
  • Jedediah Wakefield

Trademarks: Non-Contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

  • Connie Ellerbach
  • Mark Jansen
  • Karen Webb

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation & Retirement Plans: Transactional

  • Gerald Audant
  • Matthew Cantor
  • Nancy Chen
  • Elizabeth Gartland
  • Shawn Lampron
  • Marshall Mort

M&A: Middle Market ($500M-999M)

  • Doug Cogen (Hall of Fame)
  • Stephen Fisher (Next Generation Partner)
  • Bomi Lee
  • David Michaels
  • Ken Myers (Leading Lawyer)
  • Ethan Skerry (Next Generation Partner)
  • Kris Withrow (Leading Lawyer)

Venture Capital & Emerging Companies

  • Dawn Belt
  • Will Black (Rising Star)
  • Michael Esquivel (Leading Lawyer)
  • Gordon Davidson (Hall of Fame)
  • Ian Goldstein
  • Cynthia Hess (Hall of Fame)
  • Mark Leahy (Leading Lawyer)
  • Steven Levine

Cyber Law (including data privacy and data protection)

  • David Feder
  • Tyler Newby
  • Ana Razmazma
  • Brent Tuttle (Rising Star)

Technology Transactions

  • Jake Handy (Leading Lawyer)
  • David Hayes
  • Steven Levine
  • Jonathan Millard
  • Ralph Pais (Leading Lawyer)
  • Ethan Skerry
  • Jennifer Stanley (Leading Lawyer)

International Tax

  • James Fuller (Hall of Fame)

U.S. Taxes: Contentious

U.S. Taxes: Non-Contentious

  • David Forst (Hall of Fame)
  • James Fuller (Hall of Fame)


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