Fenwick Honored in Chambers USA 2018 Guide

Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that the firm has once again received top nationwide recognition in Chambers USA. This year’s guide singles out 24 Fenwick lawyers and 12 of the firm's practice areas for their excellence.

Fenwick again received the highest possible recognition from Chambers for its work with startups and emerging companies—ranking Band One nationwide. The guide notes that Fenwick has “all the expertise a venture backed technology company could need.”

Chambers describes Fenwick as a firm that “operates at the forefront of cutting-edge technology markets, including fintech, virtual reality and the sharing economy” and notes that the group “demonstrates the sought-after ability to counsel startup businesses, particularly in the tech sector, on the full extent of company growth processes.”

Clients and peers highlighted Fenwick’s practices from corporate to intellectual property and litigation to tax, sharing positive feedback including the following:

  • The firm's lawyers "provide exceptional service and have all the expertise a venture backed technology company could need. They are also exceptional at providing strategic guidance, from helping understand a market's potential size to understanding the policies and practices of leading tech companies." (Startup & Emerging Companies)
  • One client said Fenwick is "the best I've worked with," adding, "They are responsive, pragmatic and creative." (Corporate/M&A)
  • Fenwick has "deep expertise in anything a Silicon Valley technology company needs" and "a team of people that are a pleasure to work with." (Startup & Emerging Companies)
  • Clients attest that "Fenwick is a very good firm for private technology companies that are growing. They have experts in all of the key areas of law. The partners and attorneys are all very client focused, and well-coordinated. They work hard to guide and help companies grow successfully." (Startup & Emerging Companies)
  • A client describes Fenwick’s tax team as "exceptional in their breadth of knowledge and the nuanced interpretations they're able to provide," adding that "They're a dedicated and responsive team." (Tax)
  • “The [tax] team is particularly strong in terms of ‘openness, responsiveness and knowledge base.’" (Tax)
  • Interviewees said that "The team is very professional” and noted that the firm “has attorneys with the technical knowledge to perform outstanding work.” (Intellectual Property)
  • "The team is extremely experienced and develops strategies that are informed by that experience and that have been highly successful," one client noted, with another individual adding, “They are strong advocates and take a measured, firm approach without hyperbole." (Litigation: Securities)

Chambers USA's annual selection process is based on interviews with in-house legal departments and with industry leaders around the world. The rankings are based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, commitment, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence and other qualities valued by clients.

The full list of Fenwick practices and lawyers recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA guide is below:

Practice Categories

  • Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT & Outsourcing
  • Life Sciences
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Securities Litigation
  • Startups & Emerging Companies
  • Tax: Corporate & Finance
  • Venture Capital


  • Sally Abel​ – Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets
  • Andrew Bridges – Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets
  • Douglas Cogen – Corporate/M&A
  • Gordon Davidson – Capital Markets; Corporate/M&A; Startups & Emerging Companies; Venture Capital
  • David Forst – Tax
  • Michael Esquivel- Startups & Emerging Companies
  • James Fuller – Tax
  • Stephen Graham – Corporate/Commercial
  • Adam Halpern – Tax
  • David Hayes – Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets; IT & Outsourcing: Transactions
  • Cynthia Clarfield Hess – Startups & Emerging Companies, Venture Capital
  • Andrew Kim – Tax
  • Shawn Lampron – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Stuart Meyer – Intellectual Property
  • Mark Ostrau – Antitrust
  • Rajiv Patel – Patent Prosecution
  • Michael Shuster – Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation
  • Alan Smith – Corporate/Commercial
  • Scott Spector – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Mark Stevens – Startups & Emerging Companies; Venture Capital
  • David Tellekson – Intellectual Property

Additional information is available through the Chambers USA website.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West LLP 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, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. For more information, please visit fenwick.com.​​​​​​​


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