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 >

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 Shortlisted for Seven Euromoney Women in Business Awards, Jennifer Fuller, Cynthia Hess and Larissa Neumann Shortlisted

Euromoney names Fenwick among the best law firms in North America for diversity, pro bono, work-life balance, mentoring and women in business law

Mountain View, CA (May 13, 2015) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that, for the second year running, Fenwick has been shortlisted by Euromoney Legal Media Group in seven categories for the publication's Americas Women in Business Law Awards. Three Fenwick partners have also been shortlisted: Jennifer Fuller among the Best in Tax and Best in Tax Dispute Resolution, Cynthia Hess among the Best in Corporate Governance and Larissa Neumann among the five women lawyers named in the Rising Star: Tax category.

Fenwick is recognized among the best national law firms for diversity and pro bono work, as well as in five areas that demonstrate exceptional commitment to the professional and personal development of women lawyers. The firm is shortlisted in these seven categories:

  1. Best national firm for women in business law
  2. Best national firm for pro bono work
  3. U.S. West firm of the year
  4. Best gender diversity initiative by national firm
  5. Best firm for diversity
  6. Best national mentoring program
  7. Best national firm for work-life balance

Jennifer Fuller is a senior partner in Fenwick's Tax Group who represents clients in federal tax litigation and advises on major corporate and international transactions and planning matters. 

As co-chair of Fenwick's ​Startup and Venture Capital Group, Cynthia Hess counsels some of the hottest emerging and established technology companies in an array of corporate transactions that includes formation matters, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. 

Tax partner Larissa Neumann advises on tax planning and controversy, with an emphasis on international transactions and transfer pricing. 

Fenwick's commitment to supporting women in law is reflected in the firm's recruiting and retention efforts, mentoring programs, professional development programs and diversity initiatives, as well as in the resources and benefits made available to women lawyers by the firm. Fenwick also provides substantial support for community efforts to create opportunities that help women accelerate their careers.

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, 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.