Fenwick & West LLP Hires Mancini•Duffy to Create the Employee- Friendly Work Environment

February 26, 2001 (San Francisco, CA) - Fenwick & West LLP, a Palo Alto-based law firm recently named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "Top 100 Companies to Work For in America," has engaged Mancinil•Duffy, an award winning, nationally recognized architecture and design firm to provide master planning and design services for the firm's San Francisco offices.

Endeavoring to bring new economy design and functionality to a traditional economy profession, Mancini•Duffy will guide Fenwick through the redesign and expansion of their Embarcadero Center West offices. Mancini•Duffy will focus especially on Fenwick's need to improve flexibility, manage rapid expansion and emphasize an employee-friendly work environment. Together, the two companies will review all departmental functions as well as the current infrastructure that currently supports over 50 attorneys and related services.

"Everything is being evaluated in an effort to determine the next move. The future of Fenwick & West's workplace lies in understanding current issues," says David Weinberg, AIA, Principal-in-Charge of Mancini•Duffy's San Francisco office. "We are intent on creating a workspace that highlights Fenwick & West's commitment to its staff, recruits and clients. We are delighted to have the opportunity to assist Fenwick & West's dedicated team of professionals in the development and execution of their expression of commitment."

"We do not consider ourselves a traditional law firm," remarked Fenwick & West partner and Management Committee member Kathryn Fritz. "We pride ourselves on an ability to understand, and to emulate, our high-technology clients. We chose Mancini•Duffy for this project because they operate according to this same principle - that you can't service a client without a fundamental grasp of who they are and what they do. That is why we are very pleased to have Mancini•Duffy on board as we take this next very important step in our growth as a firm."

With eighty plus years of history, Mancinih•Duffy is the 15th largest interior architecture firm in the nation. The firm enhances the performance of its client's business practices by creating unique workplace solutions that are an extension of the client's business. The full-service architectural and design firm uses a pragmatic approach to create spaces that satisfy functional requirements, offer future flexibility and provide a three-dimensional representation of its client's facilities. Recently completed projects in the Bay Area include AudioBase, Sausalito, CA; Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette (now Credit Suisse First Boston) in San Francisco and Menlo Park, CA; EMC Corporation in San Jose and Dublin, CA; Fort Point Partners in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY; IDG Books Worldwide, San Francisco, CA; Red Herring Communications, San Francisco, CA, The Standard, San Francisco, CA, Ziff Davis, San Francisco, CA and ZDTV, San Francisco, CA. The firm is headquartered in New York City and maintains offices in Parsippany, New Jersey; Stamford, Connecticut; San Francisco, California and Washington, D.C. For additional information or a sample copy, contact: Marc H. Flax at Mancini•Duffy.

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 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 list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," in three consecutive years (1999-2001), Fenwick & West has offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA as well as Washington, DC. For more information, please visit Fenwick & West's Web site at


Marc H. Flax
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