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 Multiple Awards on Vaults 2013 Rankings

Mountain View, CA (August 8, 2012) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce the firm's recent recognition on Vault Law's Law Firm Rankings 2013. This year, Fenwick was ranked #94 on 2013 Vault Law 100, a ranking of the 100 most prestigious law firms in the country.

Vault Law's rankings are based upon survey responses from nearly 17,000 law associates from around the globe who rate law firms on a scale of one to ten based upon how prestigious it is to work for the firm. The ranking for Vault Law 100 was based solely on the perceptions of currently practicing lawyers at peer firms. 

In addition to the overall ranking, Fenwick was ranked among the top 10 law firms in the United States in the following categories:

  • The Best Law Firms For Diversity
  • The Best Law Firms For Diversity: Diversity for Women
  • The Best Law Firms For Diversity: LGBT Diversity
  • The Best Law Firms For Diversity: Diversity for Minorities
  • The Best Law Firms to Work For: Business Outlook
  • The Best Law Firms to Work For: Green
  • The Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area: Technology
  • The Best Law Firms in Each U.S. Region: Northern California

Fenwick was also ranked among the top 25 law firms in the United States in the following categories:

  • The Best Law Firms to Work For
  • The Best Law Firms to Work For: Associate/Partner Relations
  • The Best Law Firms to Work For: Firm Culture
  • The Best Law Firms to Work For: Informal Training
  • The Best Law Firms to Work For: Satisfaction
  • The Best Law Firms to Work For: Transparency
  • The Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area: General Corporate Practice
  • The Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area: Intellectual Property

Fenwick was also ranked among the top 25 for Most Realistic Summer Associate Program and top 50 for overall Summer Associate Program in the United States.

About Fenwick & West 
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. Fenwick is committed to providing innovative, cost-effective and practical legal services that focus on global technology industries and issues. We have built internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of tax, litigation, corporate and IP areas. We have also received praise for our innovative use of technology, our pro bono work and diversity efforts. We differentiate ourselves by having a deep understanding of our clients' technologies, industry environments and business needs. For more information, visit ​