January 19, 2007 (Mountain View and San Francisco, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP announced that it has elected two associates to join the Firm's partnership, effective January 1, 2007. The new equity partners are Blake W. Martell and Heather N. Mewes.
"We are honored to welcome Heather and Blake as our newest partners," commented Gordon K. Davidson, Chairman. "Blake and Heather are exemplary attorneys who are dedicated to our clients and the firm. They are invaluable counselors to their clients, and their continued contributions will further strengthen and grow the firm."
Blake W. Martell. Blake is a member of the Equity Compensation and Employee Benefits Group. Blake's practice focuses on corporate governance and disclosure; tax, securities and accounting treatment with respect to equity awards and plans and other compensatory arrangements for both publicly traded and privately held companies. He is also active in the firm's M&A practice regarding equity compensation matters and employment agreements. Blake received his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law, his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a B.A. in European history from the University of California, Davis.
Heather N. Mewes. Heather is a member of the Litigation Group. Her practice focuses primarily on patent litigation, but also includes other substantive areas of intellectual property law such as copyright and trade secrets. Heather's experience in patent litigation encompasses a variety of technological fields, including contact lenses, DNA FISH probes, semiconductors, computer graphics and electronic bingo games. Heather received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University.
Established in 1972, Fenwick & West works closely with technology and life sciences companies that are changing the world through innovation, and the investors that finance them. The firm has more than 30 years of experience crafting innovative solutions to the business challenges that arise at the intersection of technology and the law. Fenwick & West clients, who range from start-up ventures to global enterprises, value our attorneys' deep industry experience and understanding of their technologies.