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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 >

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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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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Seattle Office
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New York Office
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Fenwick & West Receives Top Honor for Commitment to Pro Bono

March 3, 2005 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West is the proud recipient of the Public Inter​est Law Firm's top annual award for 2004, the "Public Interest Counsel Champion Award." At an awards ceremony attended by many attorneys, judges and community leaders, Fenwick & West litigation attorneys Saundra Riley and Virginia DeMarchi accepted the honor on behalf of the firm.

At the ceremony, PILF's representatives explained that the selection of Fenwick & West to receive the award was a "no brainer." The decade-plus commitment and service of our attorneys and staff to our pro bono clients and the excellence of our work made us the clear selection, according to PILF. Specific work recognized in making the award included our representation of:

  • women at jails suffering sexual assaults and harassment by guards,
  • renters victimized by excessive late fees,
  • pregnant teens at public high schools suffering discrimination,
  • borrowers victimized by predatory lending practices, and
  • jail inmates denied the benefits of funds intended for their education and welfare are diverted to pay guard salaries.

In the past two years, Fenwick & West attorneys and staff have logged well over 14,000 pro bono hours. To encourage pro bono legal services, Fenwick & West recognizes all approved pro bono work as "billable" hours for all purposes for non-partner attorneys.

For specific examples of the firm's pro bono efforts, please visit our Web site at Pro Bono: Making a Difference in Our Communities . For further information about Fenwick & West's commitment to pro bono advocacy and our community involvement, please contact our Pro Bono Committee Chairpersons Kate Fritz (kfritz@fenwick.com) or Patrick Premo (ppremo@fenwick.com).


About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP provides 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 "100 Best Companies to Work For" for four years in a row, Fenwick & West has offices in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, CA. More information about the firm is available at www.fenwick.com. ​