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Fenwick Receives Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from U.S. District Court

Mountain View, CA (October 3, 2012) – Fenwick & West was granted the “Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award” last night for its commitment to pro bono services by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California at a reception hosted by the court and Volunteer Legal Services Program of The Bar Association of San Francisco.

The award recognized the work of attorneys Jennifer Johnson, Erin Simon and Lynn Pasahow, along with former Fenwick attorneys, for their representation of 7-year-old Santos Fitzgerald, the son of a San Quentin inmate who died when he received inadequate medical care. Fenwick attorneys dedicated more than 800 hours to the case.

The civil rights suit alleged that doctors failed to properly treat inmate Scott Fitzgerald, who suffered from Type I Diabetes, while he was incarcerated in state prison. Fitzgerald suffered repeated and dramatic drops in blood sugar followed by seizures. After one such event, the doctors neglected to take the proper steps to stabilize his blood sugar. He died in September 2006 at the age of 34. The matter was settled favorably following a decision by the district court denying a motion by the state to escape trial.

In the past year, Fenwick & West attorneys have logged more than 12,000 pro bono hours and have been recognized for both the volume and the quality of their work. To encourage pro bono legal services, Fenwick recognizes all approved pro bono work as "billable" hours for all purposes for non-partner attorneys.

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. The firm has built internationally-recognized practices in a wide spectrum of tax, litigation, corporate and intellectual property areas. Fenwick has also received praise for our innovative use of technology, our pro bono work and diversity efforts. The firm differentiates itself by having a deep understanding of our clients' technologies, industry environments and business needs.