close

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

MORE >

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 >

Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650.988.8500

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.875.2300

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
206.389.4510

New York Office
1211 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
212.921.2001

Shanghai Office
Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
No. 1155 Fang Dian Road
Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200


Fenwick's Trademark Practice Ranked as One of the Top in the US by WTR 1000

Partners Sally Abel, Andrew Bridges, Connie Ellerbach, Jedediah Wakefield and Karen Webb received top rankings from World Trademark Review

Mountain View, CA (January 26, 2015) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that the firm and its partners continue to receive the highest rankings from World Trademark Review 1000 for outstanding work in trademark prosecution and strategy as well as enforcement and litigation.

Fenwick is one of only three U.S. law firms with trademark attorneys ranked in the first tier nationally for both prosecution and enforcement.

Fenwick's team "provides a comprehensive trademark offering, while also maintaining a thriving due diligence practice in support of mergers and acquisitions," WTR writes in its profile of the firm, continuing, "nothing brand-related is beyond its capabilities."

As for the firm's client list in trademark matters – a roster that includes Alibaba, Twitter and Facebook – WTR says, "Fenwick & West safeguards the trademarks of some of the world’s most valuable internet brands."

These acknowledgements come at a time when the competition among U.S. trademark law practitioners is characterized by WTR as "more intense than ever."

Sally Abel, Fenwick's trademark chair, again receives two first-tier rankings. Abel is listed among the top seven trademark attorneys for prosecution and strategy in the United States. Her trademark prosecution practice also earns the highest possible ranking amongst California practitioners.

"Sally puts everyone in the shade. She accepts risks as a natural part of doing business and shares her clients' commercial priorities," writes WTR.

Also recognized by WTR with double gold rankings is partner Andrew Bridges, who is acknowledged among a handful of litigation attorneys in the first tier nationwide for trademark enforcement as well as in California for enforcement and litigation. Bridges' clients say he "represents exciting brand owners and is doing really innovative work, constantly pushing at boundaries."

Most recently, Bridges is representing General Motors in a proposed nationwide class action brought by the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC) regarding a CD player installed in GM vehicles.

With high marks for her approach to trademark prosecution and strategy, partner Connie Ellerbach's practice "runs the gamut," WTR says, adding that online enforcement is "a particular area of dexterity."

Like Bridges, partner Jedediah Wakefield, chair of Fenwick's intellectual property and litigation group, is ranked in the first tier for his trademark enforcement and litigation work in California. A "courtroom ace," Wakefield "gives clear, pragmatic advice that really takes into consideration particular budget and business aims," WTR writes.

New to the guide this year is partner Karen Webb. An "international trademark and domain development expert," Webb is listed among both the leading trademark enforcement and trademark prosecution attorneys in California. WTR's profile calls her "a font of creative solutions when challenges and restraints present themselves."

World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals is an annual guide published by World Trademark Review honoring the top law firms and lawyers working on trademark prosecution and enforcement matters. In compiling the rankings, WTR 1000 researchers consider information provided from law firms on their work over the past year, insight from other legal professionals and the perspective of the clients benefitting from their work. More information on the methodology behind WTR 1000 is available through the World Trademark Review 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, 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.