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 Expands Private Equity Practice; David Johanson Joins the Firm

Mountain View, CA (June 23, 2015) – Fenwick & West today announced that David Johanson has joined the firm as a partner in its private equity practice.  Johanson represents private equity sponsors in a broad range of growth capital, M&A, recapitalization, joint venture and other business transactions.  He also represents technology companies that partner with private equity sponsors.  David will be based in the firm’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

“We are thrilled that David is joining our technology-focused private equity practice,” said Richard Dickson, Chair of Fenwick & West.  “Private equity firms increasing their activity in the tech industry, more than ever, are selecting Fenwick for our deep expertise in technology transactions.  These deals are unique.  Our long history navigating key areas, such as intellectual property and talent retention, for growing technology companies is a core strength we are leveraging for our private equity clients.”

“It’s wonderful to be joining Fenwick – a firm at the center of the tech industry,” said Johanson.  “This is an unparalleled platform to provide private equity sponsors with insights into the tech sector and to execute their technology transactions efficiently and effectively.”   

David is a well-respected and established practitioner in tech PE,” said Scott Joachim, private equity chair at Fenwick & West.  “As important as his technical expertise and pragmatic deal-making skills, it’s his collaborative approach that makes him a perfect fit with Fenwick's culture.”

Prior to joining Fenwick, Johanson was a partner at a large national law firm where he focused his practice on private equity transactions for more than 10 years.  He earned a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University, where he also attended law school, earning a J.D. cum laude, order of the coif. 

We are grateful for the increasing demand for our services at the convergence of private equity and technology,” continued Joachim.  “We are excited to invest in our strong momentum so that we may continue to offer best-in-class service to our private equity and financial services clients that are hyper-focused on innovation through technology investing.”

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies – at every stage of their lifecycle – and the investors that partner with them. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law.  For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders.