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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Fenwick & West "Leads the League" in 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers in the "Intellectual Property" and "Intellectual Property Litigation" Categories – 32 Fenwick Attorneys Honored, Gordon Davidson Named to Top 100 Attorney List

August 20, 2010 (Mountain View and San Francisco, CA) – The 2010 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers magazine is out, and 32 Fenwick & West attorneys were placed on the magazine's Super Lawyers list.

More than 20% of the lawyers identified in the magazine's "Intellectual Property" category are from Fenwick—far more than from any other firm—and Fenwick also placed more lawyers in the magazine's "Intellectual Property Litigation" category than any other firm. Overall, 32 Fenwick attorneys were honored as Super Lawyers across a variety of categories, and five more were listed as "Rising Stars."

The 2010 Fenwick & West Super Lawyers include:


Tyler Baker
Mark Ostrau


Barry Kramer
Mark Stevens


Emmett Stanton


Mona Clee


Victor Schachter


Sally Abel
David Hayes
John McNelis
Stuart Meyer
Ralph Pais
Rajiv Patel
Mitchell Zimmerman


Rodger Cole
William Fenwick
Kathryn Fritz
Charlene Morrow
Lynn Pasahow
Laurence Pulgram
Michael Sacksteder
Darryl Woo


Douglas Cogen


Gordon Davidson
Dennis DeBroeck
Horace Nash
Laird Simons
Jeffrey Vetter


Susan Muck


David Forst
James Fuller
Walter Raineri


Carolyn Chang
Michael Esquivel
Heather Mewes
Saina Shamilov
Jae Won Song


Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP is one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to high technology and life sciences clients in Seattle, San Francisco and Silicon Valley; particularly in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, securities, venture capital and other corporate finance, corporate governance, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, intellectual property, taxation and employment and labor law. More information can be found on