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 Highly Ranked in Chambers USA 2015 Guide

Venture Capital Practice Again Ranked Band One

Mountain View, CA (May 26, 2015) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that the firm has again received nationwide recognition from Chambers USA, a respected legal directory known for its primary research. The guide singles out 20 Fenwick attorneys and 11 of the firm's practice areas as among the best.

Here is some of what our clients and peers told Chambers about Fenwick this year:

  • "They can analyze complex issues to a degree that most other firms are not able to and construct creative ways of looking at issues and arguments around them."
  • "They are among the best in practicality and substantive expertise for technology companies." 
  • "We get clear answers … [t]hey provide business-minded advice."
  • "In complicated litigation you want lawyers who will devote their time to understand the business issues behind legal issues. That is where they excel and take time to listen. It is the most important skill a lawyer can bring to the table."
  • "[Fenwick is] an outstanding firm with tremendous range. They scale very, very well across deal sizes and types and are just as good on a middle-market deal as a large strategic one."
  • “The [IP] team that I've been working with has both the technical expertise and the access to talent breadth, which is crucial as we expand our business in broader technical areas."
  • "For international tax, they are a world-class leader."

Chambers USA is a respected legal directory known for its primary research. The publication's selection process is based on interviews with in-house law departments and with industry leaders around the world. The rankings are based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, commitment, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence and other qualities valued by clients.

This is the full list of Fenwick's practices and attorneys recognized in the Chambers USA guide for 2015: 

Practice Categories

  • Antitrust
  • Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT & Outsourcing
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation: Securities
  • Tax


  • Sally Abel – Intellectual Property 
  • Andrew Bridges – Intellectual Property 
  • Doug Cogen –M&A
  • Gordon Davidson – Capital Markets, M&A, Venture Capital
  • David Forst – Tax 
  • Jim Fuller – Tax 
  • Stephen Graham – Corporate/Commercial
  • David Hayes – Intellectual Property, IT & Outsourcing
  • Andrew Kim – Tax 
  • Shawn Lampron – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Stuart Meyer – Intellectual Property
  • Susan Muck – Securities Litigation 
  • Mark Ostrau – Antitrust 
  • Ron Schrotenboer – Tax 
  • Alan Smith – Corporate/Commercial 
  • Scott Spector – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 
  • Mark Stevens – Corporate/M&A
  • David Tellekson – Intellectual Property
  • Jeff Vetter – Capital Markets
  • Ted Wang – Venture Capital

Additional information is available through the Chambers USA website

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies at every stage of their lifecycle. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions for established and emerging companies 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. For information about a career at Fenwick visit us at