The Legal 500 Honors Fenwick as a Top U.S. Law Firm

Mountain View, CA (August 29, 2016) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that The Legal 500 has again recognized Fenwick as one of the top law firms in the United States, with 11 Fenwick practices listed as among the best in the country.

This year's total of 44 Fenwick attorneys earning recognition in at least one category includes seven who are named "Leading Lawyers." The number of Fenwick lawyers receiving top-tier rankings has increased nearly ten percent since 2015.


The Legal 500 heralded Fenwick as “a leader within the venture capital market… [that] advises technology and life sciences sector clients across the range of life cycle stages.”

The guide praised Fenwick’s M&A practice, noting its work representing well-known serial acquirers. “Fenwick & West LLP stands out for its highly respected technology M&A practice, regularly advising on serial acquisitions for established private companies, including Dropbox, and public companies such as Facebook and Cisco Systems.”

Intellectual Property

The Legal 500 highlighted Fenwick’s intellectual property work including the firm’s “strong post-grant proceedings practice” and the firm’s patent prosecution group for its “particular experience acting for technology companies, which span the life cycle from startup to publicly traded, household names.”


The firm’s tax practice also received recognition for international tax, tax litigation and non-contentious work. Of Fenwick’s international tax practice, the guide wrote, “Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘superb’ California-based team contains a ‘number of very experienced lawyers.’ It regularly acts on complex international joint venture transactions and cross-border M&A, as well as, recently, a number of high-profile inversions. The team, which is led by David Forst, is also noted for its tax controversy and transfer pricing expertise.”


The Legal 500 also highlighted Fenwick’s litigation work. Speaking to Fenwick’s securities litigation practice, a client told The Legal 500 that “the firm has an increasingly strong practice.” The guide also mentioned Fenwick’s representation of leading clients in other high profile cases including the firm’s successful representation of service provider Giganews in a copyright infringement suit.

The complete list of Fenwick attorneys and practices recognized by The Legal 500 is as follows:


Capital markets: equity offerings
Rob Freedman
Horace Nash


Andrew Bridges
Jennifer Stanley

Patents: portfolio management and licensing
Dan Becker
David Hayes
Bob Hulse
Rajiv Patel

Patent prosecution: re-examination and post-grant
Michael Farn
Bob Hulse
Stuart Meyer
Rajiv Patel
Michael Sacksteder


Securities Litigation
Mike Dicke


Technology: transactions
Doug Cogen
Jamie Evans
Stephen Gillespie
Jake Handy
Cindy Hess
Horace Nash
Ralph Pais
Greg Roussel
Lynda Twomey


M&A: middle-market
Doug Cogen (Leading Lawyer)
Stephen Gillespie
Stephen Graham
Adam Halpern
David Healy
David Johanson
Scott Joachim
Blake Martell
Ken Myers
Ralph Pais
Alan Smith
Greg Roussel
Lynda Twomey
Kris Withrow

Venture capital and emerging companies
Dan Becker
Michael Brown
Gordy Davidson (Leading Lawyer)
Kristine Di Bacco
Mike Dicke
Cindy Hess (Leading Lawyer)
Mark Leahy
Ted Wang (Leading Lawyer)


International tax
Kenneth Clark
David Forst
Jim Fuller (Leading Lawyer)
Jennifer Fuller
Ron Schrotenboer

Tax contentious
Kenneth Clark
Jim Fuller
Andrew Kim
Ronald Schrotenboer

Tax non-contentious
David Forst (Leading Lawyer)
Jim Fuller (Leading Lawyer)

About Fenwick & West
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