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 LLP Announces 2005 Partnership Class

October 14, 2004 (Mountain View, CA) - Fenwick & West LLP announced today that it has elected six associates to join the Firm's partnership, effective January 1, 2005. The new partners are Michael W. Farn, Karen Marie Kitterman, Andrew Y. Luh, Patrick E. Premo, Michael J. Sacksteder and Sayre E. Stevick.

"We congratulate and celebrate the 2005 class of Fenwick & West partners," commented Gordon K. Davidson, Chairman. "These attorneys have made distinguished contributions to the firm and, particularly, our clients throughout their time here. We appreciate their commitment to excellence in providing legal services and look very much forward to their future contributions."

Michael W. Farn. Michael is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and is resident in the Mountain View office. His practice emphasizes patents, licensing and contracts, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He received his J.D. (with distinction) from Stanford Law School in 1997, his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and his B.S. in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering from Penn State University in 1986. From 1990 to 1994, he was a member of the technical staff at MIT/Lincoln Laboratory, where his primary responsibilities focused on inventing new optical technologies and preparing them for commercialization.

Karen Marie Kitterman. Karen is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and is resident in the Mountain View office. Her practice focuses primarily on international trademark and domain counseling, prosecution and policing, including the development and management of international trademark portfolios and trademark rights in cyberspace. She received her J.D. from UC, Hastings College of the Law in 1993 and her B.A. in history from UC Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1990.

Andrew Y. Luh. Andrew is a member of the Corporate Group and is resident in the Mountain View office. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate representation of technology clients and transactional representation on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, securities offerings and related matters. He received his J.D. (Order of the Coif) from Stanford University in 1996 and his B.A. in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia in 1993.

Patrick E. Premo. Patrick is a member of the Litigation Group and is resident in the Mountain View office. His practice focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation involving technology companies, with a particular emphasis on copyright, patent, trade secrets and technology performance. He received his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Santa Clara University in 1996, his M.A. from England's University of Durham in 1990 and his B.S. in political science from Santa Clara University in 1989.

Michael J. Sacksteder. Michael is a member of the Litigation Group and is resident in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses primarily on patent litigation, but also encompasses other substantive areas of intellectual property law, including copyright, trade secret, trademark and unfair competition. He received his J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) from Northwestern University School of Law in 1997 and his B.A. (with honors) from Indiana University in 1984. Prior to attending law school, Michael worked as a television journalist.

Sayre E. Stevick. Sayre is a member of the Corporate Group and is resident in the Mountain View office. His practice concentrates on the representation of high technology companies on a variety of transactions, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. He received his J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, member of the Thurston Honor Society) from UC, Hastings College of the Law in 1997 and his B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, in 1990.

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP is the nation's premier law firm providing comprehensive legal services to national and international high technology and life sciences clients, particularly in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, securities, venture capital and other corporate finance, corporate governance, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, intellectual property, 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 Mountain View and San Francisco, CA. Fenwick & West's Web site is found at


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