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 >

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Fenwick Represents Chegg in Its Recent Acquisitions of Zinch and Student of Fortune

September 20, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP represented Chegg, Inc., the number one online textbook rental company and social education platform, in its recent acquisitions of Zinch, an online social network connecting prospective college and graduate students to scholarships, admissions officers and other students, and Student of Fortune, an online tutorial marketplace and homework help site. These acquisitions help Chegg become a social education platform that is transforming the way millions of students learn by connecting them to the people and tools needed to succeed in college. The Zinch acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions and financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

This is the Santa Clara-based company's fifth major acquisition in a little over a year. Fenwick recently represented Chegg in its acquisition of Notehall, an online class and study notes provider. Last year, the firm represented Chegg in its acquisitions of Cramster, which provides a range of online academic tutorials for college and high school students, and CourseRank, which enables college students to share course schedules with friends and rate professors online. Fenwick also represented Chegg in its $95 million Series E financing in 2010 and its $57 million Series D financing and $25 million credit facility in 2009.

Dave Borders, Senior Corporate Counsel at Chegg (and former Fenwick associate) led the transaction teams for Chegg, and corporate partner David Bell led both Fenwick transaction teams. In addition to Mr. Bell, the Fenwick team for Zinch also included corporate associate Jaw Wedge, executive compensation and employee benefits partner Blake Martell, technology transactions associate Morgan Fong, tax partner Andy Kim and tax associate Zachery Jones. In addition to Mr. Bell, the Fenwick transaction team for Student of Fortune also included corporate associate Amna Latif, executive compensation and employee benefits partner Blake Martell, technology transactions associate Morgan Fong, tax partner Andy Kim and tax associate Zachery Jones.

For more information about Chegg’s recent growth, visit their news section.

About Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The firm is recognized among the leading U.S. law firms for technology startups and was named “Law Firm of the Year” for the Internet and eCommerce industry by InterContinental Finance Magazine. Fenwick is ranked by Mergermarket as one of the top 5 M&A legal advisors in North America for technology deals, by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters as one of the top 10 M&A legal advisors in the U.S., and by FactSet and Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 25 M&A legal advisors worldwide.