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
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  • 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


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AIDS Vaccine Ride Suit Filed: Pallotta Teamworks Sued For Unfair Business Practices

Aids Vaccine Ride Suit Filed:
Pallotta Teamworks Sued For Unfair Business Practices

April 24, 2002 (Palo Alto, CA) – Fenwick & West announced today that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco against Pallotta Teamworks (PTW), the for-profit company which organizes "HIV/AIDS Vaccine Rides." These long-distance bike rides are conducted throughout the United States to raise money for the development of a vaccine to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS-related illnesses. To date, only $8 million of approximately $28 million raised has been distributed by PTW to the designated beneficiary organizations that conduct vaccine research.

"The promise of the AIDS Vaccine Ride was that it would help raise much-needed funds for research and development of a vaccine for HIV/AIDS," commented lead Plaintiff Mark Cloutier. "We were all misled. Instead, a vast majority of the raised funds went to PTW and its vendors. It is incredibly sad that PTW managed the funds so poorly that the beneficiary organizations did not receive a proper distribution of the monies raised."

The suit alleges that PTW, in its marketing materials and solicitation for the AIDS Vaccine Rides, has consistently misrepresented the amount of funds raised and distributed to designated beneficiaries. In addition, it alleges that PTW has engaged in unfair business practices and breached its fiduciary duties in its mismanagement of the funds raised. The lawsuit seeks full restitution to the intended beneficiary organizations of any funds wrongfully allocated and an injunction to prevent PTW from continuing these unfair business practices in the future.

Mark Cloutier and the class members are represented pro bono by a litigation team at Fenwick & West LLP that includes partners Victor Schachter and Patricia Lucas and associates Gregg Williams and Michael Weil. "Our central purpose in filing this suit is to recover the misallocated funds which should have been provided to the beneficiary organizations designated by PTW," commented Victor Schachter, Employment and Labor Partner at Fenwick & West. "Equally important, we want our message to the community to be clear—we want these events to continue and to be successful—and we want to ensure that organizers act with fiscal responsibility, keep accurate records and deal credibly with their donors and beneficiaries. At the end of the day, this suit will encourage support for HIV and AIDS-related causes through responsible fundraising activities and accountable organizations."

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP is one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to national and international technology clients, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, the Internet, venture capital and other corporate finance, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, taxation, and employment and labor law. The only law firm named to Fortune's 1999-2001 lists of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," Fenwick & West has offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA as well as Washington, D.C. Fenwick & West's Website URL is