For more than four decades, Fenwick & West LLP has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.  MORE >

Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 in the heart of Silicon Valley—before “Silicon Valley” existed—by four visionary lawyers who left a top-tier New York law firm to pursue their shared belief that technology would revolutionize the business world and to pioneer the legal work for those technological innovations. In order to be most effective, they decided they needed to move to a location close to primary research and technology development. These four attorneys opened their first office in downtown Palo Alto, and Fenwick became one of the first technology law firms in the world.  MORE >

From our founding in 1972, Fenwick has been committed to promoting diversity and inclusion both within our firm and throughout the legal profession. For almost four decades, the firm has actively promoted an open and inclusive work environment and committed significant resources towards improving our diversity efforts at every level.  MORE >

FLEX by Fenwick is the only service created by an AmLaw 100 firm that provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for interim in-house legal needs to high-growth companies.  MORE >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  MORE >

At Fenwick, we are proud of our commitment to the community and to our culture of making a difference in the lives of individuals and organizations in the communities where we live and work. We recognize that providing legal services is not only an essential part of our professional responsibility, but also an excellent opportunity for our attorneys to gain valuable practical experience, learn new areas of the law and contribute to the community.  MORE >

Year after year, Fenwick & West is honored for excellence in the legal profession. Many of our attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective fields, and our Corporate, Tax, Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups consistently receive top national and international rankings, including:

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360
  • Ranked #1 in the Americas for number of technology deals in 2015 by Mergermarket
  • Nearly 20 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers
  • Consistently ranked among the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for diversity
  • Recognized as having top mentoring and pro bono programs by Euromoney


We take sustainability very seriously at Fenwick. Like many of our clients, we are adopting policies that reduce consumption and waste, and improve efficiency. By using technologies developed by a number of our cleantech clients, we are at the forefront of implementing sustainable policies and practices that minimize environmental impact. In fact, Fenwick has earned recognition in several areas as one of the top US law firms for implementing sustainable business practices.  MORE >

At Fenwick, we have a passion for excellence and innovation that mirrors our client base. Our firm is making revolutionary changes to the practice of law through substantial investments in proprietary technology tools and processes—allowing us to deliver best-in-class legal services more effectively.   MORE >

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19 Fenwick Clients Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Award Finalists

July 5, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that 19 of its clients have been nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 award. Representing regions throughout the United States, this group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected from 1,891 nominations by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, and other regional business and community leaders. The finalists include:

  • Acucela: Chairman, President and CEO, Ryo Kubota, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Amyris: CEO, John Melo
  • appssavvy: Co-Founder and CEO, Chris Cunningham
  • Bonobos: Founder and CEO, Andy Dunn
  • Centro: Founder and President, Shawn Riegsecker
  • Cepheid: CEO, John Bishop
  • Contour: CEO, Marc Barros
  • CEO, Steven Boal
  • DexCom: CEO, Terrance Gregg
  • Groupon: Founder and CEO, Andrew Mason
  • Keynetics: CEO, Bradley Wiskirchen
  • Livescribe: Founder and CEO, Jim Marggraff
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals: President and CEO, Tony Coles
  • Quidsi: Co-Founder and CEO, Marc Lore
  • Quidsi: Co-Founder, General Counsel and COO, Vinit Bharara
  • Semtech: President and CEO, Mohan Maheswaran
  • Twin Med: Co-Founder and CEO, Steve Rechnitz
  • Vocera: Chairman and CEO, Bob Zollars
  • Winshuttle: Co-Founder and CTO, Vikram Chalana

"We are extraordinarily proud to represent such a diverse group of innovative, market-leading entrepreneurs," said Fenwick Chairman, Gordon Davidson. "Our clients have made a tremendous impact by advancing their industries in important, meaningful ways. We commend them for the accomplishments and contributions this prestigious award honors and wish each of them the very best."

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level. The overall National US winner then moves on to compete for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in June.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. This unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries. This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary.

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West works closely with clean technology, life sciences and other technology companies that are changing the world through innovation. The firm has more than 30 years of experience crafting innovative solutions to the business challenges that arise at the intersection of technology and the law. Fenwick & West clients, who range from start-up ventures to global enterprises, value our attorneys' deep industry experience and understanding of their technologies.