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 Receives 2014 Beacon of Justice Award

​Mountain View, Calif. (July 2, 2014) – Fenwick & West announced today that the firm received the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s prestigious 2014 Beacon of​ Justice Award, which recognizes law firms that use innovative tools, technology and ideas to increase access to representation for low-income individuals.

Fenwick was honored by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) at its Exemplar Awards Dinner in Washington, DC on June 26.

In bestowing the Beacon of Justice Award on Fenwick, NLADA acknowledged the “depth and impact” of Fenwick’s efforts to “advance policies and practices that provide pathways to justice and opportunity.”

The award highlights Fenwick’s work integrating virtual technology into the pro bono clinic model to increase access by rural communities to legal aid. The virtual pro bono project, jointly undertaken with the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley, Cisco Systems and DLA Piper, has been so successful that other legal services agencies in California are piloting their own virtual clinics.

“At Fenwick, we see pro bono work as an integral part of professional responsibility and as a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the community,” said Patrick Premo, chair of Fenwick’s pro bono program. “We are proud to be supporting the virtual pro bono clinic and honored to be recipients of the Beacon of Justice Award.”

“The virtual pro bono clinic is both rewarding for the attorney and necessary for the rural communities. The use of technology allows us to reach individuals and communities with great needs and that have little resources otherwise available,” said Fenwick litigation associate, Brian Lahti, who participated in the project.

This project exemplifies Fenwick’s nationally recognized pro bono program that includes civil rights, child advocacy and political asylum work as well as impact litigation, the Appellate Project, Street Law, AIDS Project and death penalty cases. Over the past five years, Fenwick attorneys and staff have completed almost 50,000 pro bono hours valued at roughly $20 million in legal fees.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to groundbreaking 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.