Fenwick Receives Top Recognition from Chambers USA

Fenwick again received top nationwide recognition in Chambers USA. The 2019 guide singled out 26 Fenwick lawyers and 12 of the firm's practice areas for their excellence.

The firm again received the highest possible recognition from Chambers for its work with startups and emerging companies, with a Band One ranking nationwide. Fenwick is “the best in the startups business. They are always on top of the current trends and provide the highest quality legal advice I've ever seen," one commentator told Chambers.

Chambers describes Fenwick as a firm that “operates at the forefront of cutting-edge technology markets, including fintech, virtual reality and the sharing economy,” while also noting the firm’s “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—and shared positive feedback, including the following:

  • "They are extraordinary. The team is a unique collection of thoughtful, enthusiastic and highly skilled individuals." (Startups & Emerging Companies)
  • “They are great partners to us. They really make things practical, digestible and accessible. They have great expertise, experience and consistently high-quality lawyers." (Startups & Emerging Companies)
  • “Phenomenal at M&A;" "They not only give good legal advice, but good practical advice beyond the legal;" “They are very supportive, very commercial and pragmatic.” (Corporate/M&A)
  • Complimented Fenwick’s tax service as “impeccable;" they "know technical stuff right off the top of their heads” and clients appreciated the “responsiveness and completeness of their advice." (Tax)
  • Complimented Fenwick’s IP team as “high-powered, knowledgeable and deeply engaging;” maintaining “a high quality of attorneys who always provide strategic, cutting-edge legal and business advice;” and “especially good on complex litigation. They become experts on the case and express that expertise persuasively in their briefings and oral arguments." (Intellectual Property)
  • Called Fenwick’s securities litigation team "superb, offering timely, thoughtful and pragmatic advice and service," appreciating that "they do really well at finding viable solutions," and adding that "It's more than just advice—they're really invested in your success." (Securities Litigation)

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 2019 Chambers USA guide is as follows:

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
  • Samuel Angus – Startups & Emerging Companies
  • 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
  • Michael Esquivel – Startups & Emerging Companies
  • David Forst – Tax
  • Robert Freedman – Capital Markets
  • James Fuller – Tax
  • Stephen Graham – Corporate/Commercial
  • Adam Halpern – Tax
  • David Hayes – Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets; IT & Outsourcing: Transactions
  • Cynthia Hess – Startups & Emerging Companies, Venture Capital
  • James Koenig – Privacy & Data Security
  • Shawn Lampron – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Steven Levine – Venture Capital
  • Stuart Meyer – Intellectual Property
  • Larissa Neumann – Tax
  • Rajiv Patel – Patent Prosecution
  • Amanda Rose – Capital Markets
  • Antonia Sequeira – Patent Prosecution
  • Ethan Skerry – Corporate/M&A
  • 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.​​​​​


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