Fenwick Receives Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2024

Fenwick has once again secured its place among the nation’s leading firms by Chambers and Partners in Chambers USA. The 2024 guide ranked Fenwick across 27 practice areas, with 54 of our lawyers receiving individual rankings.

The firm was honored in 11 practice areas nationwide and continues to receive the highest possible commendation for its startups and emerging companies work, with a Band One ranking nationwide for the ninth consecutive year. Fenwick was also ranked nationally for capital markets (convertible debt and equity: issuer counsel), corporate and finance tax, corporate/M&A (highly regarded), intellectual property, life sciences, privacy and data security (highly regarded), tax controversy, technology, and trademark, copyright, and trade secrets work. “The team we work with is excellent,” one client told Chambers. “They have a tremendous amount of collective experience, are extremely responsive, and apply tactical and commercial approaches to deliver results efficiently.”

Regionally, Fenwick was ranked in 16 practice areas across California, New York, Washington, and Vermont, receiving Band One recognitions in California for patent prosecution, tax, technology, and venture capital, as well as in Vermont for intellectual property. Additionally, five Fenwick partners—Doug Cogen, David Forst, David Hayes, Stuart Meyer, and Karen Webb—were each among a select few of top-tier practitioners in their respective practice areas and jurisdictions who took home the elite Band One recognition.

The full list of Fenwick practices and lawyers recognized in the 2024 Chambers USA guide is as follows: 

Practice Categories

  • Capital Markets: Convertible Debt
  • Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
  • Capital Markets: Equity: Issuer Counsel
  • Corporate/M&A 
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 
  • Intellectual Property 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Patent
  • Patent Litigation 
  • Patent Prosecution 
  • Privacy & Data Security 
  • Securities Litigation 
  • Startups & Emerging Companies 
  • Tax 
  • Tax: Controversy 
  • Tax: Corporate & Finance 
  • Technology
  • Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets 
  • Venture Capital 


  • Samuel Angus – Venture Capital
  • Daniel Becker – Patent Prosecution
  • Dawn Belt – Venture Capital
  • Ran Ben-Tzur – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
  • William Bromfield – Corporate/M&A 
  • Michael Brown – Startups & Emerging Companies
  • Emily Bullis – Intellectual Property
  • Douglas Cogen – Corporate/M&A 
  • Gordon Davidson – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity; Corporate/M&A; Startups & Emerging Companies; Venture Capital
  • Melissa Duffy – International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions 
  • Thomas Ensign – Antitrust 
  • Michael Esquivel – Startups & Emerging Companies; Venture Capital 
  • Julia Forbess – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
  • David Forst – Tax 
  • Robert Freedman – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity 
  • Elizabeth Gartland – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 
  • David Hadden – Patent Litigation 
  • Adam Halpern – Tax 
  • David Hayes – Technology; Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
  • Cynthia Hess – Startups & Emerging Companies; Venture Capital 
  • Catherine Kevane – Securities Litigation
  • Dean Kristy – Securities Litigation
  • Bomi Lee – Corporate/M&A 
  • Steven Levine – Venture Capital 
  • Kevin McGann – Patent
  • Stuart Meyer – Intellectual Property 
  • David Michaels – Capital Markets: Convertible Debt 
  • Marshall Mort – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Larissa Neumann – Tax 
  • Tyler Newby – Privacy & Data Security: Privacy 
  • Jeffrey Oelke – Patent
  • Ralph Pais – Technology
  • Rajiv Patel – Patent Prosecution
  • Rufus Pichler – Technology
  • Amanda Rose – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity 
  • Joseph Schenck – Technology
  • Antonia Sequeira – Patent Prosecution 
  • Saina Shamilov – Patent Litigation
  • Ethan Skerry – Corporate/M&A 
  • William Skinner – Tax
  • Robert Slack – International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions 
  • Alan Smith – Corporate/M&A
  • Jennifer Stanley – Technology 
  • Christopher Steskal – White Collar Crime & Government Investigations 
  • Mark Stevens – Startups & Emerging Companies; Venture Capital 
  • David Tellekson – Intellectual Property
  • Effie Toshav – Corporate/M&A 
  • James Trainor – Patent
  • Julia Ushakova-Stein – Tax
  • Jedediah Wakefield – Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets 
  • Karen Webb – Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets; Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets: Transactional 
  • Kris Withrow – Corporate/M&A

Retired partner Andrew Bridges was also ranked for Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets and partner emeritus James Fuller was recognized for tax and tax controversy work.

Chambers USA bases their annual selection process 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. Additional information on Fenwick’s rankings is available on Chambers USA.  

About Fenwick

Fenwick is a leading law firm, purpose-built to guide visionary tech and life sciences companies and their investors through every stage of growth, from startups securing their first round of funding to leading publicly traded global enterprises. As one of Silicon Valley’s original legal practices, today we have over 500 lawyers, patent agents, engineers, and scientists serving clients from seven offices located in innovation hubs across the United States and China. Named 2023 Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year by Law360, we are consistently ranked a Chambers first-tier firm for delivering the deep experience and technical skill that help innovators at the forefront of their industries redefine what’s possible. Visit www.fenwick.com to learn more.