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 Numerous Top-Tier Rankings from The Legal 500

Clients tell researchers that Fenwick's technology sector knowledge is "second to none," and that the firm's attorneys offer "very practical" and "compellingly straightforward" advice.

Mountain View, CA (June 11, 2015) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that The Legal 500 has again recognized Fenwick as one of the top law firms in the United States and that the number of Fenwick lawyers receiving top-tier rankings has increased more than 16 percent since 2014.

This year's total of 43 Fenwick attorneys earning recognition in at least one category includes six who are named "Leading Lawyers." The 2015 rankings also list 11 Fenwick practices as among the best in the country.

Observing that Fenwick is "[known] for its eminence in digital media and internet" as well as its "premier technology M&A practice," The Legal 500 notes that the firm "provided advice on some of the largest and most significant M&A transactions of 2014." 

In addition, the guide reports that Fenwick "now represents a sizeable number of venture-backed companies that are valued in excess of $1 bn"; "handles global patent strategy and filing as well as post-grant proceedings for some of the most well-known companies in the world"; and "is often called upon for big-ticket/cross-border licensing and technology transactions."

The following are highlights of what clients and peers told The Legal 500 about Fenwick:

  • For technology transactions, Fenwick's "industry knowledge is second to none, and the team is able to provide very practical and commercial advice to a number of global tech companies."
  • "[Fenwick] fields a corporate and securities team of highly knowledgeable and flexible technology sector specialists." 
  • Fenwick's San Francisco office "has a lean and mean litigation team focused on getting the right result in shareholder litigation."
  • Fenwick's startup and venture capital team is "strong on every level," and partners have "excellent mobile and big data acumen," are "founder friendly'" and are "able to advise management teams regardless of their experience level."

The complete list of Fenwick attorneys and practices recognized by The Legal 500 is as follows:


Capital markets: equity offerings
Michael Brown
Jamie Evans
Rob Freedman
Jeff Vetter


Andrew Bridges
Jennifer Kelly
Laurence Pulgram
Jennifer Stanley

Patent licensing and transactional
Stephen Gillespie
Jake Handy
Bob Hulse
Ralph Pais

Patent prosecution: utility and design patents
Dan Brownstone
Michael Farn
Bob Hulse
John McNelis
Stuart Meyer
Rajiv Patel
Antonia Sequeria


Securities Litigation
Mike Dicke
Susan Muck


Technology: transactions

Doug Cogen
Stephen Gillespie
Larry Granetelli
Jake Handy
Shawn Lampron
Andrew Luh
Ralph Pais
Sayre Stevick


M&A: middle-market
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
Michael Brown
Gordon Davidson (Leading Lawyer)
Michael Esquivel
Cindy Hess
Mark Leahy
Ted Wang (Leading Lawyer)


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

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

Tax controversy
David Forst
Jim Fuller

About Fenwick & West
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