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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 >

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

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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 Named California's Emerging Companies Group of the Year

​Mountain View, Calif. (September 10, 2014) – Fenwick & West announced today that the firm has been recognized as the Emerging Companies Corporate Group of the Year by The Recorder. Fenwick was selected by Recorder editors over “dozens of firms" with offices in California based on Fenwick’s performance across benchmarks like creativity, ability to operate under tight time and cost constraints, and the depth and scope of the firm’s engagements.

Fenwick is highlighted for its “high-touch service” and its handling of “record-busting deals” for emerging companies – including Cloudera, Dropbox, GoPro, Uber and WhatsApp – in a profile featuring an interview with Dropbox General Counsel Ramsey Homsany about his experience working with Fenwick and partners Ted Wang, Sam Angus, Michael Esquivel, Cindy Hess, Mark Leahy and Mark Stevens.

Homsany described to The Recorder Fenwick’s remarkable ability to match and preserve the entrepreneurial spirit and culture of their youthful clients.

"They're able to triage these large and very sophisticated transactions and still make it feel nimble, like we're still a start-up," Homsany said.

Partner Greg Roussel recently represented Dropbox in a half-dozen acquisitions, including Endorse, a mobile-coupon start-up, and Mailbox, an email application Dropbox purchased before it was launched.

Homsany also cited Fenwick attorneys’ masterful balancing of attention to critical details with the speed required for important acquisition transactions. "That's a combination of both attitude and experience – they've done so many at this level they know what to care about," he said.

In addition, Homsany praised Fenwick’s workplace culture, "They have staffed a lot of women on our account, which sends a signal to me about what the place is about. That it's a fair place to work, and I never got the sense it's because they're women – they're just good, and it often feels like Fenwick is preparing their women to be partners.”

Start-up partner Ted Wang told The Recorder that Fenwick deliberately emulates the best qualities of the companies the firm serves.

"We learn from our clients," he said. "We get a chance to see them do their business, and we copy them."

One example is Wang’s posting on GitHub of his Series Seed Documents for early-stage funding guidance. GitHub is a go-to information source for technology types and also happens to be a Fenwick client.

"I think it's critically important that you speak their language, see their world and understand their decisions and deliberation," Wang observed. "You have to be ready to think in the way your clients think."

Fenwick also won this year’s inaugural The Legal 500 United States Award for Venture Capital and Emerging Markets.

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, joint ventures, 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.​