Law360 has recognized Fenwick as a 2019 California Powerhouse. Fenwick’s technology and life sciences work in 2019—including significant M&A and investment deals and a succession of major litigation wins—helped the firm earn the honor, according to the publication.
Fenwick managing partner Rodger Cole told Law360 that the firm has grown its ranks with attorneys who specialize in areas targeted to broaden the firm’s overall strength. “Our strategy is to stay laser-focused on the range of legal needs for tech and life sciences companies,” he said. “However, just being tech-focused is no longer enough.”
Cole said Fenwick has invested heavily in autonomous transportation, blockchain and cryptocurrency, digital health, gaming, augmented reality and virtual reality, privacy and corporate governance. He noted that these growing areas involve Fenwick lawyers who span many different practices.
“Having that cross-practice knowledge and working together collaboratively is a core strength and added value that we can provide to clients,” Cole said.
Law360 highlighted the firm’s premier M&A team, which advised on a number of market-shaping M&A transactions. These include representing leading cybersecurity company Symantec in its pending $10.7B sale of its Enterprise Security assets to Broadcom, Loxo Oncology in its $8B acquisition by Eli Lilly and Company, Shutterfly in its pending $2.7B all-cash acquisition by Apollo Global Management and Cisco in its pending $2.6B acquisition of Acacia Communications.
Law360 also underscored Fenwick’s litigation successes—which included six securities litigation victories this past March—on behalf of clients such as GoPro, Tesla and Uber. The publication also highlighted significant victories in July on behalf of Amazon in a patent case and Tesla in a different securities action.
Fenwick’s securities enforcement practice co-chair Susan Muck told Law360 that the most satisfying part of those and other successes the group has had this year was being able to resolve the cases quickly, cost-effectively and to the satisfaction of their clients.
“It was gratifying to see the breadth of partners who were responsible for one or more of those cases,” Muck said. Muck also praised the firm’s dedication to diversifying its ranks with more women and minority hires. Law360 has recognized Fenwick as the number two law firm for minority attorneys among similar sized firms in its recent Diversity Snapshot.
To view Fenwick’s California Powerhouse profile, visit Law360 (subscription required).