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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 >

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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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Kate Fritz, Sally Abel and Cindy Hess Named Women Leaders in Tech Law

Mountain View, Calif. (August 5, 2014) – Fenwick & West announced today that managing partner Kate Fritz, trademark chair Sally Abel and start-up and venture capital co-chair Cindy Hess have been recognized as “Women Leaders in Tech Law” by The Recorder. They are among only 28 women attorneys from California law firms and 50 women attorneys overall recognized for their accomplishments and demonstrated leadership skills.

“These are the women who lead litigation and deals; who lead in-house teams and firm practice groups; who are thought leaders; and who lead the way for other women seeking roles in the region's most dynamic sector,” The Recorder noted.

As Fenwick’s managing partner, Kate Fritz is a driving force behind the firm’s culture of innovation, client service, and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Driven by a belief that law firms need to undergo significant change, Fritz has spent her eight years as managing partner developing innovative client-focused programs, including flexible pricing for a wide range of legal services that reflect technology companies’ varied needs and budgets. Under her leadership, Fenwick was recognized among 10 law firms nationwide on The National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List, and by Euromoney’s 2014 Women in Business Law Awards as the best firm in North America for pro bono work and mentoring. Fritz herself has represented a wide variety of pro bono clients, including capital defendants, political asylum applicants and documentary filmmakers, and has served on the Legal Services Corporation’s Pro Bono Task Force and co-chaired the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Pro Bono Committee.

For more than 25 years, honoree Sally Abel, founder and chair of Fenwick’s trademark group, has been at the forefront of international trademark policy and brand enforcement and enhancement, providing innovative and strategic counseling, prosecution and policing services, including online, paperless management of international trademark portfolios, to brand name technology companies, such as Cisco Systems, Facebook, NVIDIA, Symantec and Virgin America. Under Abel’s management, Fenwick’s trademark group has handled thousands of U.S. and foreign trademark applications, registrations and assignments. World Trademark Review 1000 gives the practice group first-tier gold ranking annually, this year noting that Fenwick provides “world-class counseling” and is “exceptional at managing large portfolios.”

Start-up and venture capital co-chair Cindy Hess has counseled some of the hottest emerging and established technology companies on corporate transactional matters from formation and venture capital financing to mergers, acquisitions and public offerings. Innovative companies like GoPro, Lending Club, Fitbit, Nextdoor, Hightail, Zoosk, Prezi, WeWork and YuMe count on Cindy for her extensive technology experience and results-oriented practice. Under Hess’s leadership, Fenwick was named Emerging Companies Practice of the Year by The Recorder.

“We depend on her for her creative thinking and astute attention to detail,” Jason Altieri, general counsel of Hess’s client Lending Club, told editors at The Recorder. “I know of no other woman attorney in Silicon Valley with a client list as impressive as hers.”

Honorees will be profiled in The Recorder on September 22 and recognized at an awards reception on September 23.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies at every stage of their lifecycle. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions for established and emerging companies on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders.​