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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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Fenwick's Ashley Walter Named to Sustainability Accounting Standard Board’s Legal Advisory Council

​Mountain View, Calif. (December 12, 2014) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that Seattle-based corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice group chair Ashley Walter has been named to the Sustainability Accounting Standard Board’s (SASB) Legal Advisory Council, effective December 1, 2014.

The SASB is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization focused on establishing industry-based sustainability standards for the recognition and disclosure of material environmental, social and governance impacts in SEC filings by companies traded on U.S. exchanges. As a member of its Legal Advisory Council, Walter will focus on advising the SASB with respect to ongoing and novel legal issues related to the SASB’s standards-setting work.

“A shift towards more widespread and more robust environmental, social and governance disclosure may prove to be the most significant corporate social responsibility-related development of the decade,” said Walter. “I am honored to be involved in advising the SASB with respect to the legal implications of their groundbreaking standards-setting work in this field.” 

Walter advises technology companies on a wide variety of corporate and securities law matters, including formations, venture capital financings, commercial arrangements, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. He helps his clients comply with corporate social responsibility-related legal requirements and provides advice with respect to the development of CSR strategies. His current and prior CSR clients include Amazon.com, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Cray, Netgear and Spreadtrum Communications.

Earlier this year, Walter was selected to chair the Corporate Social Responsibility Law Task Force of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. Founded by Walter, the task force is dedicated to equipping lawyers with skills to effectively counsel their clients with respect to CSR-related legal matters and to advancing knowledge and expertise with respect to emerging CSR-related laws.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to groundbreaking 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, joint ventures, 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.​​​