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 >

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Fenwick & West Securities Litigation Practice Expands

May 20, 2004 (Mountain View, CA) - Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that Dean S. Kristy and Kevin P. Muck are joining the firm as partners in the Litigation Group effective immediately.

"Each year, Fenwick & West adds strategic lateral partners to our firm. Dean and Kevin will help solidify our talent roster with top-tier capabilities in class action and securities litigation, particularly within the greater technology arena," said Firm Chairman Gordon K. Davidson. "We have had the opportunity to get to know Dean and Kevin over the past year through client interaction. We have been struck not just by their excellence as lawyers and litigators, but by their natural fit for the Fenwick & West culture and platform."

"We feel like this transition will bring us greater opportunities to take on the most interesting securities and governance representations," commented Dean Kristy. "The synergies between our practices are strong and we are very excited to join a native Silicon Valley firm with a powerful corporate practice that feels like such a perfect platform for us."

"As we got to know each other better," commented Kevin Muck, "the momentum to make this change just became irresistible. We are particularly attracted to Fenwick & West because of its preeminent position and strong client relationships in the high technology community. Their strategic positioning is an ideal fit for our practice."

Dean Kristy, 45, brings extensive expertise in litigating securities matters and fiduciary duty cases arising out of mergers and acquisitions, as well as antitrust and unfair competition cases. He has represented a wide range of domestic and international clients, including technology, pharmaceutical, and entertainment, underwriters and accounting firms.

Kristy is admitted to practice in California and New York. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, Law Review, in 1983 from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.A., with high honors, in 1980 from the University of Illinois.

Kevin Muck, 43, has a practice that emphasizes defending issuers, officers, directors, underwriters and venture capital firms in shareholder class actions and derivative litigation throughout the country. He also has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in investigations brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission and self-regulatory organizations including the National Association of Securities Dealers and the New York Stock Exchange.

Muck is admitted to practice in California. He received his J.D. in 1985 from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California and his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1982 from Santa Clara University.

Both Kristy and Muck have previously practiced law as partners at Clifford Chance and, prior to that, Brobeck Phleger & Harrison.

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 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 1999-2002 lists of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," Fenwick & West has offices in Mountain View and San Francisco, CA. Fenwick & West's Web site is found at


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