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 Represents Downhill Battle in Fight to Make Eyes on the Prize Available for Public Viewing

February 9, 2005 (Mountain View, CA) – On February 8, 2005, the famous civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1954-1965)—which originally aired on PBS in 1987—was screened at more than 100 homes and small venues across the country as part of Black History Month. This was the first time Eyes on the Prize had been screened publicly in over a decade; the documentary was largely unavailable during this time because it was in "copyright purgatory."

When the filmmaker Henry Hampton put together this series in the 1980s, he did not have enough money to buy perpetual rights to the news footage, music and other copyrighted material used in the documentary. For example, there is a scene in which the copyrighted work "Happy Birthday” is sung to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After the short-term rights expired about a decade ago, it became impossible, as a practical matter, to purchase or distribute further copies of the film.

Downhill Battle, along with some concerned former leaders of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, initiated the campaign to promote nation-wide public screenings of the documentary. Fenwick & West has provided pro bono counsel to Downhill Battle about the copyright and fair use issues involved, and—after Blackside, Inc., which owns the copyrights in the series, charged Downhill Battle with copyright infringement—Fenwick & West represented Downhill in negotiating a resolution of the dispute.

For more information on the campaign, please visit
To see some of the venues that participated in the February 8, 2005 screening of Eyes on the Prize, see

About the Fenwick & West Pro Bono Program

For more than 30 years, Fenwick & West has served its community by offering legal services to persons and organizations that could not otherwise afford effective legal counsel. In the past two years, Fenwick & West attorneys have logged well over 14,000 pro bono hours and have been recognized for both the volume and the quality of their work. 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

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 ( or Patrick Premo (