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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Daily Journal Names Four Fenwick Partners Top IP Lawyers in California: Andrew Bridges, Robert Hulse, Laurence Pulgram and Michael Shuster

​​Mountain View, CA (April 19, 2012) – Fenwick & West congratulates Andrew Bridges, Robert Hulse, Laurence Pulgram and Michael Shuster for being named by the Daily Journal as Top Intellectual Property Attorneys in California. Compiled based on editorial research, the annual Top IP list highlights intellectual property litigators and portfolio managers who have had the greatest impact on the law.

Michael Shuster and Robert Hulse are among 25 attorneys being recognized for their work managing intellectual property portfolios and for their work on patent prosecutions. Laurence Pulgram and Andrew Bridges are among 75 attorneys being recognized for their work in IP litigation. The annual intellectual property feature includes profiles of each honoree.

Mr. Bridges is noted in the article for, “successful battles he waged on two fronts against government efforts to squelch websites accused of hosting infringing materials.” His efforts included “aggressive advocacy against the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA),” which were defeated in Congress.

The profile of Mr. Hulse notes his work for Facebook prosecuting their first patent and his continuing role managing their IP portfolio. The article also discusses Mr. Hulse’s recent reissue patent application victory for a large technology company which had the potential to “impact the validity of patent holders from broadening their patents through the reissue process.”

Mr. Pulgram was acknowledged for his role defending fair use and fighting the copyright lawsuit business model in the pivotal Righthaven v. Democratic Underground ruling. In partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, he successfully defended Democratic Underground in federal court and subsequently won a summary judgment ruling that found posting of article excerpts to Democratic Underground’s discussion boards was fair use.

In just a few years medical applications of technology “are translating into some very concrete impactful devices and innovations,” said Dr. Shuster in the article. The profile went on to highlight his work for Sony where he led an intellectual property review related to their acquisition of Micronics, a microfluidics company developing diagnostic devices. Dr. Shuster was also noted for his work managing life sciences patent portfolios.

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. Fenwick & West is committed to providing innovative, cost-effective and practical legal services that focus on global technology industries and issues. We differentiate ourselves by having a deeper understanding of our clients' technologies, industry environments and business needs than is typically expected of lawyers.​