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 & West Elects New Partners

October 15, 2001 (Palo Alto, CA) - Fenwick & West LLP announced today the new members of the partnership elected at the firm's annual partnership meeting convened on Saturday, October 13 in Menlo Park, California. The new partners include Samuel B. Angus, Stephen D. Gillespie, Raymond H. Hixson, Jr. and John G. Ryan.

Samuel B. Angus (San Francisco), 40, an associate in the Corporate Group was elected a member of the firm. His practice concentrates on advising start-up and venture-backed companies, equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions and strategic and joint venture transactions. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Angus was founder and chief executive officer of Design Look Publications, Inc., an international publisher of gift and fine art calendars. He received his J.D. in 1993 from Hastings College of the Law and his B.A. in law and society from UC Santa Barbara in 1990.

Stephen D. Gillespie (San Francisco), 37, an associate in the Intellectual Property Group was elected a member of the firm. Mr. Gillespie's work focuses on technology licensing and Internet commerce counseling. From 1994 to 1995, Gillespie served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. He received his B.A. in 1987 in rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy in 1995 from Boalt Hall School of Law.

Raymond H. Hixson, Jr. (Palo Alto), 33, an associate in the Employment and Labor Law Group was elected a member of the firm. He advises and counsels employers with regard to employment termination, leaves of absence, compensation, hiring, employee agreements and personnel policies and documentation. Mr. Hixson earned an Industrial Engineering degree with highest honors in 1991 and J.D. degree summa cum laude in 1994 from the University of Tennessee where he was also elected to the Order of the Coif.

John G. Ryan (Palo Alto), 45, an associate in the Tax Group was elected a member of the firm. The emphasis of Mr. Ryan's practice is domestic and international corporate taxation. Mr. Ryan received a B.S. in mathematical sciences from University College Dublin and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1994, he received his J.D. from Stanford Law School.

"Our new partners underscore the strength of Fenwick & West as a high technology law firm that provides a full range of services to our clients," reflected Gordon Davidson, firm chair. "In a year when other firms are eschewing the high technology platform, our incoming partners, as well as the larger partnership at Fenwick & West, continue to be passionately committed to the role of technology in our global community. Each of these outstanding individuals is excited about the business of technology for the long haul. We welcome them enthusiastically and very much look forward to their contributions."

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 technology clients, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, the Internet, 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 1999-2001 lists of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," Fenwick & West has offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA as well as Washington, D.C. Fenwick & West's Website URL is


Gordon K. Davidson
Chairman, Fenwick & West LLP