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


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Fenwick & West LLP Bolsters Partner Ranks

January 22, 2001 (Palo Alto, CA) - Building on 2000's rapid growth at all levels of the firm, Fenwick & West LLP today announces that Brian Kelly, 32, has joined the firm as a partner in the Licensing and Online Commerce Group. The addition of Kelly underscores the importance of senior legal talent in negotiating increasingly complicated licensing transactions and the firm's commitment to providing their clients with integrated corporate and licensing expertise. Kelly will be resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, but will also work out of the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices on a regular basis.

"Brian is coming on board at a crucial time for us," explained Licensing and Online Commerce Group Chairperson Lisa Kenkel. "Our group now stands at 9 partners and 41 associates - which I think reflects our dedication to ramping up our licensing practice to handle the sheer volume of transactions and to address the fact that licensing agreements have become a fundamental strategic business tool for many of our high tech clients. Brian adds the type of experience in this area that will allow us to provide our clients with the full range of services - whether they are growing their business through M&A or through key licensing deals."

The move to Fenwick also represents something of a homecoming for Kelly. He initially joined the firm in 1996 as an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property Group and left the firm in 1999 to move closer to his family in North Carolina. His ties with the firm and the Bay Area remained strong, however, and the ability to focus on licensing out of the Washington, D.C. office ultimately provided the incentive to return to Fenwick. "I'm obviously very excited to be back at Fenwick," remarked Kelly. "Their outstanding high technology client base provides a great platform for me. I'm looking forward to growing this area of our practice and to growing our Washington, D.C. office - and it's wonderful to be working with my old colleagues again."

Kelly is a 1993 graduate of the Duke University School of Law, where he holds both a JD and an LLM, and a 1990 graduate of the University of Georgia. He comes to the firm from the Business Group of Charlotte, North Carolina's Moore & Van Allen, PLLC. He has counseled clients such as Intuit, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., and Epicentric Inc. with regard to complex legal issues surrounding the creation and protection of intellectual property rights, Internet and electronic commerce operations, and the structuring and negotiation of software development, distribution and other agreements that are of crucial importance for high technology companies.

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1973, 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 corporate finance, venture capital, M&A and strategic relationships, intellectual property, employment and labor law, litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, and taxation. The only law firm named to Fortune's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For in America" for three consecutive years, Fenwick & West has offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA, Washington, D.C., and Boise, Idaho. Fenwick & West's web site URL is