Cindy Hess Named Top Woman Lawyer in California

​Mountain View, CA (May 9, 2013) – Fenwick & West partner Cindy Hess was selected for inclusion in Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. Out of hundreds of submissions, editors recognized women leaders with a history of excellence in their practice “having a broad impact on the legal community, the nation and society.” Co- chair of Fenwick’s start-ups and venture capital group, Hess is one of only a small group of corporate attorneys on the list.

Hess represents a wide range of high-technology companies, from sought-after emergent companies developing disruptive technologies to established technology stalwarts. In an accompanying profile, she tells the Daily Journal that she sees herself as a “general counsel” to her clients.

"What's cool and fun is that I get to be more than just a legal counselor,” she says. “In most cases, I am viewed as a trusted adviser in other ways."

Hess likes to know all facets of her clients’ business – clients that include some of the hottest and most innovative companies in the mobile, video, SaaS and social media spaces like GoPro, Gigya, Nextdoor,, YouSendit and YuMe.

"For virtually all of my clients, I attend board meetings – not as a member, but as an observer. I hear what's going on in the business and can use that knowledge to better advise my clients and help them see issues before they become problems,” she said.

Most recently, Hess has developed a “successful niche” working with companies in Israel. Co-chair of Fenwick’s Israel practice group, Hess says similar to Silicon Valley, Israel is a “hot bed of startup companies, with a great entrepreneurial culture.”

In June, she will travel to the region as part of a trip sponsored by the California Israel Chamber of Commerce with a delegation of lawyers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to meet with business leaders.

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