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 Snags Top Corporate Attorney: Cynthia Hess Joins Technology Powerhouse

June 20, 2002 (Palo Alto, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP announced today the addition of Cynthia Clarfield Hess as a partner in its Palo Alto, CA office effective immediately. Hess joins as a member of the Corporate Group, and brings with her substantial experience and knowledge in representing private companies with an emphasis on meeting the broad range of issues presented by entrepreneurs and technology start-ups. While her client base is primarily start-ups, she has broad corporate expertise, including representing public companies and investment banks.

"Cindy is a terrific addition for us – she is a first-rate corporate lawyer whose work is distinguished by her tremendous intellect and skill as well as deep entrepreneurial instincts," commented Gordon K. Davidson, Firm Chair. "While our corporate group is replete with truly gifted attorneys, our strategy is to continue to strengthen our ranks and increase our market share as the business market rebounds. Over the past year, we've grown our corporate ranks by a number of lateral hires including Dan Dorosin and Jonathan Aberman. Cindy's strong relationships with a range of start-ups as well as venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and investment banks are a perfect fit for our corporate platform and strategy."

"There are many, many reasons why I'm very excited about this move," said Hess. "The focus and depth of the practice at Fenwick & West will enable me to provide an unprecedented service level to my existing clients. In addition, I was attracted not just by the deep cultural fabric, but also because the firm has one of the strongest high technology brands and client rosters among firms nationally."

Hess, 38, joins the firm from the Menlo Park and San Francisco offices of Perkins Coie where she helped the firm to establish a corporate presence in the Bay Area. She began her career at the New York office of Latham & Watkins and later joined Cohen & Grigsby in Pittsburgh before relocating to Portland and joining Perkins Coie. Throughout Hess's career, she has represented companies in a variety of areas, including start-ups, private placements, IPOs, public companies and M & A work.

Hess received her J.D. from Cornell Law School, cum laude, in 1988, where she served as an editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. She graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University with a B.A. in 1985. She is admitted to practice in California, Connecticut, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

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 1999-2002 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


Gordon K. Davidson
Chairman, Fenwick & West LLP
Palo Alto, CA

Cynthia C. Hess
Partner, Fenwick & West LLP
Palo Alto, CA

Diane E. Hamlin
Chief, Strategic Officer Fenwick & West LLP
Palo Alto, CA