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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Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

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New York Office
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21 Fenwick Partners Named in Best Lawyers 2012 Edition; Mark Stevens Named "Lawyer of the Year" for 2012

September 21, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West is proud to announce that 21 partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. In addition, Mark Stevens was named the Best Lawyers' 2012 San Jose Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year."

Best Lawyers is the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. Based on a confidential survey, nearly 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers are collected to establish the individual rankings. Best Lawyers rankings are based purely on research – it does not allow lawyers to pay a fee to be listed.

The 2012 Fenwick & West Best Lawyers include:

Antitrust Law
Tyler Baker
Mark Ostrau

Commercial Litigation
Susan Muck
Laurence Pulgram

Copyright Law
David Hayes
Roger Tolbert
Mitchell Zimmerman

Corporate Law
Gordon Davidson
Dennis DeBroeck
Mark Stevens

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Scott Spector

Employment Law - Management
Victor Schachter

Information Technology Law
David Hayes
Stuart Meyer
Roger Tolbert 

Labor Law - Management
Victor Schachter

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Gordon Davidson
Mark Stevens

Litigation & Controversy - Tax
James Fuller

Litigation - Antitrust
Tyler Baker

Litigation - Intellectual Property
David Hayes
Laurence Pulgram
Roger Tolbert
Darryl Woo

Litigation - Labor & Employment
Victor Schachter

Litigation - Patent
David Hayes
Lynn Pasahow
Mitchell Zimmerman

Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Douglas Cogen
Andrew Luh

Patent Law
David Hayes
Laurence Pulgram
Roger Tolbert
Darryl Woo

Securities / Capital Markets Law
Gordon Davidson
Laird Simons III
Jeffrey Vetter

Tax Law
James Fuller

Trademark Law
Sally Abel
Roger Tolbert

Commercial Litigation
Gordon Davidson

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.