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 Strengthens Biotechnology Patent Practice: Michael Shuster Joins Partnership

November 6, 2002 (Palo Alto, CA) - Fenwick & West LLP announced that Michael J. Shuster, 43, will join the firm today as a Partner in its Intellectual Property Group where he will spearhead the biotechnology patent prosecution practice. Shuster brings extensive patent prosecution and counseling experience to Fenwick & West; his clients include startup and established bioscience corporations and research universities and hospitals. He will be resident in the firm's San Francisco office.

Shuster comes to Fenwick & West LLP from the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen, where he was employed since 1991. Before becoming a lawyer, his earlier career experience included research in the laboratory of Professor Eric Kandel at Columbia University as part of a team focused on discovery of mechanisms by which short-term memories are stored, research for which Professor Kandel was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Shuster then moved to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, where he pursued his interests in ion channel biophysics and protein structure, first as a Markey post-doctoral fellow, and later as a research biochemist in the Department of Medicine.

"Michael is a terrific addition for our Biosciences Group here," commented Lynn Pasahow, Chair of the firm's Biosciences Practice. "His deep knowledge of the technologies and business issues important to clients in the biosciences arena, combined with his outstanding patent prosecution skills, will assure our clients receive outstanding patent prosecution services. Patent prosecution will continue to be at the heart of the strategy of most biotechnology companies for the foreseeable future, and we are thrilled to welcome Michael to head this effort."

"Fenwick's technology reputation, its deep understanding of intellectual property issues in general and patent issues in particular, offer me the best platform I can imagine," remarked Shuster. "I am especially excited to be working with Lynn Pasahow again. Fenwick has quickly grown to be a major force in bioscience and patent legal issues. There is simply no better law firm at which to build my practice."

Shuster received his B.A. from Brandeis University in 1981, magna cum laude as well as a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1986. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1996.

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP is one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to national and international high technology and biotechnology clients, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, venture capital and other corporate finance, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, taxation and employment and labor law. The only law firm named to Fortune's 1999-2002 lists of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," Fenwick & West has offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA as well as Washington, DC. Fenwick & West's Website is found at


Brian Colucci
Business Development Manager, Fenwick & West LLP

Lynn Pasahow
Litigation Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

David Hayes
Chair, Intellectual Property Group Fenwick & West LLP

Gordon Davidson
Chair, Fenwick & West LLP