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 Named Inaugural Venture Capital and Emerging Markets Team of the Year by The Legal 500

Clients told researchers that Fenwick attorneys provide “superior advice” and are “highly responsive” with a “strong understanding of the technology industry and relevant legal practices.”


Mountain View, Calif. (July 7, 2014) – Fenwick & West announced today that The Legal 500 has again recognized Fenwick among the top law firms in the United States across multiple practice disciplines. The firm has also won this year’s inaugural The Legal 500 United States Award for Venture Capital and Emerging Markets.

Based on submissions, peer assessments and client interviews, The Legal 500 recognized Fenwick as among the best in the U.S. across 10 practice areas. Moreover, six Fenwick attorneys were included as “Leading Lawyers,” with an additional 31 attorneys recognized.

In calling Fenwick a “household name in the technology sector,” The Legal 500 noted that the firm “assists numerous global tech companies with big-ticket M&A, capital markets and venture capital deals and IP licensing,” adding that “[Fenwick] has formed strong ties with contacts in Europe, Israel and China.”

Here are some highlights of The Legal 500’s profile of Fenwick based on commentary from our clients and peers:


  • “[Fenwick] provides ‘superior advice’, is ‘highly responsive’, and has a ‘strong understanding of the technology industry and relevant legal practices’."
  • “[Fenwick] is a big name in the tech industry, with unparalleled expertise in digital media, Internet and enterprise software as well as advising on enterprise storage and digital health.”
  • “Fenwick & West LLP’s lawyers are ‘highly responsive and bring the right level of expertise and practical advice to their engagements. They move fast, and focus on clients’ business needs first’.”
  • “An ‘outstanding’ firm, Fenwick & West LLP provides an ‘extremely high level of efficiency and expertise’ and is ‘a pleasure to work with’.”
  • “Renowned technology and life sciences firm Fenwick & West LLP is ‘very knowledgeable about all capital-raising products, with experts offering safe advice on key terms beneficial to their clients’.”
  • “The [patent] team as a whole is praised for its ‘top-level knowledge of industry standards, and goes far above and beyond expectations to deliver excellence’.”
  • “Fenwick & West LLP provides ‘outstanding service’ and ‘thorough’ advice, assisting its large corporate client base in tax controversy matters and offering notable strength in transfer pricing.”


The complete list of Fenwick attorneys recognized by The Legal 500 includes:


Capital markets: equity offerings
Gordy Davidson
James Evans
Cynthia Hess
Horace Nash
Jeff Vetter


Andrew Bridges
Laurence Pulgram
Jennifer Stanley

Patent licensing and transactional
Stephen Gillespie
Larry Granatelli
Jake Handy
Ralph Pais

Patent prosecution: utility and design patents
Robert Hulse
John McNelis
Rajiv Patel
Michael Shuster


Technology: transactions
Doug Cogen (Leading Lawyer)
Gordy Davidson
Michael Esquivel
James Evans
Larry Granetelli
Jake Handy
Cynthia Hess
Shawn Lampron
Andrew Luh
Sayre Stevick
Jeff Vetter


M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Doug Cogen (Leading Lawyer)
Stephen Gillespie
Stephen Graham
Dave Healy
Scott Joachim
Andrew Luh
Blake Martell
Ralph Pais
Greg Roussel
Alan Smith
Lynda Twomey
Kris Withrow

Venture capital and emerging companies
Sam Angus
Gordon Davidson (Leading Lawyer)
Cynthia Hess
Mark Leahy
Ted Wang (Leading Lawyer)


Domestic tax: West Coast
David Forst (Leading Lawyer)
Jim Fuller (Leading Lawyer)
Jennifer Fuller
Ron Schrotenboer

International tax
Kenneth Clark
David Forst
Jim Fuller (Leading Lawyer)
Jennifer Fuller
Ron Schrotenboer

Tax controversy
Kenneth Clark
David Forst
Jim Fuller

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.​​​