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 Revamps Management Structure: Elects Partners to Leadership Positions

December 11, 2001 (Palo Alto, CA) - Fenwick & West LLP announced today a new governance structure and additional members of its leadership team as a result of a year-long strategic planning process. The principal feature of the new structure is the formation of an Executive Committee, which will consist of two Managing Partners and five other members, including the Firm Chair. The Executive Committee will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans on behalf of the firm. The two Managing Partners will be responsible for day-to-day management of the firm. The initial members of the new Executive Committee are Gordon K. Davidson, who has been re-elected as chair of the firm, managing partners John T. McNelis and Laird H. Simons III, and corporate partner Dennis R. DeBroeck, intellectual property partner David L. Hayes, tax partner Ronald B. Schrotenboer and litigation partner Claude M. Stern.

New Structure

The previous governance structure of the firm consisted of a four-person Management Committee, charged with administrational aspects of management of the firm, a firm chairperson and an ad hoc strategic planning committee consisting of the Management Committee members, practice group leaders and certain other partners. The new structure for firm governance is designed to streamline day-to-day management of the firm as it grows beyond its current 300 lawyers, institutionalize strategic planning and develop more leadership and management opportunities to facilitate firm succession planning. Chairman Gordon Davidson commented, "The new management structure is one of a number of initiatives developed in the strategic planning process. We envision that the new Executive Committee will function much like the board of directors of a corporation and that the two managing partners will function much like the executive management of a corporation. Other initiatives, like the expansion of our Washington, DC office under the leadership of David Hayes, are also being implemented as we continue to pursue our mission to be the leading full-service high technology law firm."

New Practice Group Leaders Elected

In biennial practice group elections, Matthew P. Quilter was elected chair of the firm's corporate group and Timothy K. Roake was elected chair of the litigation group. Quilter succeeds Dennis R. DeBroeck and Roake succeeds Patricia M. Lucas. David L. Hayes will continue to serve as chair of the intellectual property group and James A. Fuller will continue to serve as chair of the tax group.

Mr. Quilter's practice emphasizes working with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to build emerging companies in the Internet, enterprise software and communications sectors of the high technology market. Mr. Roake focuses on corporate governance, and securities and trade secret litigation.

"The firm is very pleased that Matt and Tim have agreed to serve as practice group leaders," remarked Davidson. "Both have excellent judgment and strong leadership abilities. As part of the natural process of succession planning, we are committed to developing more leaders in the partnership to support our growth."

"We look very much forward to their contributions although they have big shoes to fill," he continued. "Dennis and Pat were both exemplary leaders of their practice groups. Dennis brought a strategic view to the corporate group as it grew to one of the leading IPO and M&A firms in the country. Pat grew our litigation group from less than 25 to more than 80 lawyers in five years using her powerful and persuasive recruiting skills to build world-class intellectual property and employment litigation practices."

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, 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 1999-2001 lists of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," Fenwick & West has offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA as well as Washington, D.C. Fenwick & West's Website URL is