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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 >

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

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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 Recognized for “Robust National Intellectual Property Practice”

Mountain View, CA (June 11, 2014) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that the firm’s intellectual property practice has been highly recommended across a broad spectrum of IP work for the second straight year in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars.

“Fenwick & West is an industry leader in representing technology innovators, as can be attested to with a client list including Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Cisco, Google, NVIDIA and Symantec,” the guide opens.

IP Stars recognizes leading law firms with a strong national reputation and brand in the IP space who have displayed the ability to consistently represent leading industry names and handle high-stakes matters in multiple jurisdictions.

Based on interviews and surveys completed by clients, in-house counsel and other attorneys, and outside research, IP Stars ranked Fenwick in the top tier in California for copyright, patent litigation and prosecution and trademark litigation and prosecution.

“The firm has three offices on the West Coast, but this small geographical footprint belies a robust national practice which includes many high-profile clients with complex matters of patent litigation, patent prosecution and appearances before the ITC,” the guide notes.

Fenwick’s also ranked in the top tiers nationally for copyright, trademark prosecution and litigation, patent prosecution and litigation, life sciences and representation at the International Trademark Commission.

IP Stars distinguished the following attorneys as national and state leaders in their fields:

Sally Abel (trademark chair)

Andrew Bridges (copyright and trademark litigation partner)

Stephen Graham (life sciences industry co-chair)

David Hayes (intellectual property partner)

John McNelis (patent chair)

Michael Shuster (life sciences industry co-chair)

David Tellekson (patent litigation partner)

Jed Wakefield (intellectual property and trademark litigation chair)

Fenwick's full profile is available through the Managing Intellectual Property website.

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.