Fenwick Opens Santa Monica Office, Supporting Growing Technology Scene

Santa Monica, CA (March 6, 2019) – Fenwick & West today announced the opening of a new office in Santa Monica.

The office will be anchored by corporate partners Michael Brown, Faisal Rashid and Ran Ben-Tzur, along with several associates and professionals, with Brown providing leadership to the office and continuing to split his time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“We take a client-centric approach to setting our growth strategy. Los Angeles is one of the top regions in the U.S. for emerging growth companies, and our practice there has grown substantially over the past few years. We’re making this investment to better serve our clients and to respond to the increasing demand in the Los Angeles technology, life sciences and investment communities,” said Fenwick chair Richard Dickson.

“We have been very successful with our industry-focused strategy, and we see our new Santa Monica office as a compelling investment to make in a key area of growth for our client base,” Dickson continued.

“Santa Monica is a leading center of technology and investment in Southern California and an area that Fenwick has been steadily investing in,” said Brown. “We have nearly 200 clients in the broader Los Angeles area, including some of the world’s most cutting-edge tech companies, and have built relationships with major VC firms and key incubators. We’re committed to fostering growth in the Los Angeles tech ecosystem, and our expanded presence puts us that much closer to our clients.”

Growing Technology Investments in Los Angeles
Market research shows the greater Los Angeles area to be one of the largest markets for technology and life sciences companies, both public and VC-backed. Recent reports note that equity investing in venture-backed startups in the region is on the rise, with a record $7.5B invested across 327 deals in 2018.[1]

More About Fenwick in Los Angeles
One of the world’s top law firms focused on technology and life sciences, Fenwick was recently recognized among North America’s most innovative law firms by the Financial Times. The firm serves nearly 200 clients in the greater Los Angeles area, including innovative startups, established companies and venture capital investors. Fenwick also partners with incubators and accelerators to support the newest generation of Los Angeles-based innovators. The firm services the technology and life sciences needs of clients around the globe from its six offices, located in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, New York and now Santa Monica.

Fenwick’s new Santa Monica office is anchored by corporate partners Michael Brown, Faisal Rashid and Ran Ben-Tzur, and associates Elizabeth Gartland, Thomas Kang, Liz Federowicz, Carson Jackson and Christian Olano. In addition, the office will be a local home for lawyers throughout the firm when visiting Los Angeles-region based clients.

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.

[1] VentureSource via The Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2019​​​​​​​​