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 Ranked as a Leading National Firm in the IAM Patent 1000

Mountain View, CA  (June 12, 2012)  – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s patent practice has received national recognition in The IP Media Group’s IAM Patent 1000, a new comprehensive listing of the world’s leading firms and individuals in private practice across the entire range of patent law practice. Fenwick is recognized for patent prosecution and patent licensing in California and patent litigation in Washington.

In addition, the 2012 IAM Patent 1000 recognized nine Fenwick partners as leaders in their field: Lawrence Granatelli, Jake Handy, David Hayes, Robert Hulse, Lisa Kenkel, John McNelis, Ralph Pais, Rajiv Patel and David Tellekson. Mr. Granatelli, Mr. Handy, Mr. Hayes, Ms. Kenkel and Mr. Pais ranked for patent licensing; Mr. Hulse and Mr. Patel ranked for patent prosecution; Chair of the Patent Group, Mr. McNelis ranked for patent prosecution and post grant procedure; and Mr. Tellekson ranked for patent litigation.

Over a period of five months, IAM conducted nearly 1000 interviews with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel, as well as the users of their services, in countries across the world to gather market intelligence on the leading players and firms in the market. The rankings were based on law firm responses and client and peer feedback covering individuals’ skill sets and law firm’s depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically engaged.

About IAM Patent 1000
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2012 is a new guide from The IP Media Group, publishers of Intellectual Asset Magazine, World Trademark Review, the IAM 250 series and the WTR 1000. The IAM Patent 1000 consolidates the previous IAM Licensing 250 and IAM Patent Litigation 250 guides into one book, and also covers patent agents, to provide in-depth rankings of firms and individuals engaged in all aspects of patent law practice. More information is available on the organization’s website.

About Fenwick & West’s Patent Practice
Fenwick & West has established itself as a leading intellectual property law firm in the United States. The firm has extensive experience with managing and exploiting intellectual property portfolios and litigating complex patent disputes for technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. In recent years, the firm’s efforts have resulted in the issuance of more than 250 patents and the filing of nearly 1,500 new patent applications in the United States and around the world. Our attorneys have handled some of the most prominent IP litigation over the past two decades, including securing one of the largest IP litigation settlements of 2005—a $400M settlement for its client Compuware against IBM—one of the largest patent verdicts, a $74.7M patent litigation verdict for client Asyst Technologies against Jenoptik, and the landmark Righthaven copyright rulings protecting fair use. Fenwick was recently ranked as a Top 25 law firm on Intellectual Property Today’s Patent Scorecard 2011 and is ranked by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the top five West coast firms for IP litigation, by IP Worldwide as one of the top dozen firms that Fortune 500 companies relied on for IP litigation, and was honored by InterContinental Finance Magazine’s Legal Excellence Awards 2010 as “Law Firm of the Year” for intellectual property.