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 & West Elects Five New Partners

October 7, 2002 (Palo Alto, CA) - Fenwick & West LLP announced today that five associates were elected partners at the firm's annual partnership meeting held Saturday, October 5 in Palo Alto. The new partners are Rodger R. Cole, Brian M. Hoffman, Rajiv P. Patel, Lynda M. Twomey and Jedediah Wakefield.

Rodger R. Cole (Palo Alto), 33, has been an associate in the Litigation Group since 1995. His practice focuses on copyright, trademark, advertising and commercial litigation, primarily for high technology companies. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Santa Clara University Law School in 1995 and his B.A. in 1991 from the University of the Redlands, where he was the National Debate Tournament champion in 1991.

Brian M. Hoffman (San Francisco), 33, has been an associate in the Intellectual Property Group since 1996. His practice concentrates on patent prosecution and litigation in the computer hardware and software industries. He obtained his J.D. with high honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1994 and received his B.S. in computer science from Columbia University in 1991.

Rajiv P. Patel (Palo Alto), 35, has been an associate in the Intellectual Property Group since 1995. His practice emphasizes patent portfolio development, management and prosecution, patent counseling and patent litigation for high technology companies. Prior to attending law school, Patel worked as an engineer with IBM Corporation. Patel also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches a class on patent practice. He received his J.D. and Master of Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1995 and his B.S. with high honors in electrical engineering from Rutgers University in 1989.

Lynda M. Twomey (San Francisco), 34, has been an associate in the Corporate Group since 1994. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture financings and business counseling for high technology clients. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Twomey worked as a solicitor in one of Ireland's largest law firms. She studied law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she graduated with an LL.B. degree with honors in 1989. Twomey was admitted to practice in California in 1994.

Jedediah Wakefield (San Francisco), 33, has been an associate in the Litigation Group since 1997. His practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation with a focus on trademark, right of publicity and copyright issues. He received his J.D. cum laude from Santa Clara University in 1995 and a B.A. in English with highest honors from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992. Wakefield also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge James Ware, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

"We are very proud of this year's class of new partners, all of whom have come up through the ranks at our firm, are extremely capable lawyers and will contribute to the continued excellence of our practice," commented Gordon K. Davidson, Chairman of the firm. "We are pleased to welcome these five new members to our partnership at a time when our high technology and biotechnology clients continue to drive the most intriguing and dynamic legal issues in the Bay Area, nationally and globally."

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

For more information:

Diane E. Hamlin
Chief Strategic Officer, Fenwick & West LLP

Gordon K. Davidson
Chairman, Fenwick & West LLP