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 Partner Appointed Co-Chair of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

September 13, 2011 (Seattle, WA) – Stephen M. Graham, Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Group and partner in the Corporate Group of Fenwick & West LLP, was appointed co-chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission's newly established Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. The SEC today announced the formation of the committee which will focus on interests and priorities of small businesses and smaller public companies.

Mr. Graham's corporate legal practice has focused on the representation of emerging and established high growth technology and life sciences companies for more than two decades. His practice ranges from the formation of new start-up companies through venture capital financings to public offerings, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions in the life sciences industry where he has counseled companies with acquirers including Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck. He also advises venture capital investors and investment banks in private and public financings.

Focusing on privately-held small businesses and publicly-traded companies with less than $250 million in public market capitalization, the committee will provide a formal mechanism through which the SEC can receive advice and recommendations specifically related to these companies. Mr. Graham's considerable experience representing emerging growth companies and the investors who fund them has positioned him to help lead the advisory committee as it works with the Commission on capital formation issues faced by smaller companies.

Mr. Graham will co-chair the committee with M. Christine Jacobs, CEO and Chairman at Theragenics Corp. in Buford, Ga.

For more information about the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, please visit the Securities and Exchange Commissions website.

About Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to a broad range of clients and industries of national and international prominence. Fenwick is committed to providing innovative, cost-effective and practical legal services, and it has built highly recognized practices in a wide spectrum of litigation, employment, corporate, IP and tax areas. We have also been recognized for our innovative use of technology, our pro bono work and diversity efforts. We differentiate ourselves by having a deep understanding of our clients' business needs, technologies and industry environments.


Stephen M. Graham
Fenwick & West LLP
Phone: 206.389.4520