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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 >

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

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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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Fenwick & West Becomes the First U.S. Law Firm to Introduce Networked Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Increasing Availability of Green Transportation Options in Silicon Valley

August 17, 2010 (Mountain View, CA) - Fenwick & West LLP strengthened its commitment to sustainability and innovation by becoming the first law firm in the U.S. to install networked electric vehicle charging stations in its main parking facility.

The ChargePoint stations, unveiled today, were developed by Coulomb Technologies and installed in pre-designated parking spaces for electric vehicles. They connect to an advanced monitoring system that generates station usage, energy consumption and greenhouse gas statistics for both charging stations and vehicles. Drivers can receive these updates via SMS or email alerts.

Senior Director of Facilities Julie O'Loughlin said, "We hope that our electric vehicle initiative will further the emerging wave of electric-powered cars in the marketplace and make our parking facility more accessible to electric vehicle drivers. Electric vehicles release almost no air pollutants, generate less noise pollution, and can be up to three times more efficient than vehicles with standard internal combustion engines."

In 2002, Fenwick & West moved its headquarters to downtown Mountain View so that public transportation, shops, restaurants and businesses would be conveniently accessible to employees as well as visiting clients. In addition, the centrally-located office significantly reduced the overall commute time of many Fenwick employees and attorneys.

Currently, Fenwick & West engages in the following alternative transportation programs:

  • 5% of available garage parking spaces reserved for hybrid and carpool vehicles
  • Full reimbursement for staff who commute by public transportation
  • Secure bike parking and onsite showers
  • RideSpring, a new alternative commuting initiative offered to firm employees and attorneys. This incentive-based commuting program awards raffle prizes to those who participate in alternative forms of transportation. The program also provides the firm with reporting tools that measure employee participation in alternative transportation.

Fenwick & West has a long history of emphasizing green initiatives and reducing energy and resource consumption when possible, leading other law firms in internal efforts to adopt environmentally sustainable solutions. The firm officially established a "Green Team" of partners, associates, executive management and staff in 2007 to focus on sustainable environmental initiatives and ensure compliance with external certification programs. The firm was the first to be certified by Santa Clara County as an environmentally sustainable "Green Business," and in 2009 became the first LEED-certified law firm in the United States for their Seattle office (LEED-CI Platinum) and their Mountain View office (LEED-EB Gold). Fenwick & West also sponsors Bike to Work Day with 511.org, staffs a "Bike to Work" energizer station each year and actively promotes Bike to Work Day within the firm. Fenwick & West also provides pro bono support to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.


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.

Press Contact:

Julie O'Loughlin
Sr. Director of Operations/Facilities
Phone: 650.335.7659
Email: joloughlin@fenwick.com