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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:

FINANCE

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

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Copyright
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

LITIGATION

Securities Litigation
Mike Dicke
Susan Muck

MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMS

Technology: transactions

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

MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS AND BUYOUTS

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)

TAX

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
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, 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. For information about a career at Fenwick visit us at fenwick.com/careers.​​​