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 Receives Acterra Award for Exemplary Environmental Practices

Mountain View, CA (April 27, 2012) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that it will receive Acterra’s 2012 Business Environmental Award in the category of Sustainable Built Environment for the firm’s state-of-the-art Green Data Center. Acterra's awards are one of the San Francisco Bay Area's oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs.

“We are proud to be receiving this highly selective and prestigious award from Acterra based on the green design and operation of our server room,” said Fenwick Chief Information Officer Matt Kesner. “Fenwick built the first LEED Platinum-certified server room at a law firm. It features 300 virtual servers and uses a combination of water cooling and outside air cooling that have reduced our electrical consumption by 70%.”

“Our server room illustrates Fenwick’s overall commitment to sustainable business practices,” said Fenwick Senior Director of Operations/Facilities Julie O’Loughlin. “As the first law firm certified by Santa Clara County as an environmentally sustainable “Green Business,” Fenwick is at the forefront of implementing sustainable policies and programs that minimize environmental impact.”

Initiated in 1990, Acterra’s awards program is well recognized due to its rigorous application and judging process. "In addition to a thorough written application, the top contenders must demonstrate their programs' merits firsthand to the judges during a visit to the applicants' facilities,” stated Acterra Committee Chair Laura Teksler. “By the time they are selected to receive our award, they have truly proven that their programs are "setting the bar" in corporate environmental leadership."

Fenwick & West will be honored at the 2012 Business Environmental Awards Reception on Thursday, May 31st at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. Fenwick has earned recognition in several areas as one of the top US law firms for implementing sustainable business practices.

About Acterra

Acterra is a non-profit organization with a 42-year history of environmental programming in and around Silicon Valley. Acterra involves and educates individuals, businesses and communities to take action against global warming, restore natural habitats, and cultivate environmental leaders for the future.

About Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West, the premier law firm for innovative technology and life sciences companies, has a long history of reducing consumption where possible, as well as promoting reuse and recycling beyond local, state and federal requirements. Fenwick is the first law firm in the United States to be awarded LEED certification for two offices, including the first law firm to secure a LEED-CI Platinum Designation (for our Seattle office). Fenwick is also the first law firm certified by Santa Clara County as an environmentally sustainable "Green Business.”