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 >

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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Life Sciences Practice Gains Patent Prowess as Daniel Becker Joins Fenwick

Mountain View, CA (July 8, 2015) – Prominent Silicon Valley-based law firm, Fenwick & West, today announced that Daniel M. Becker, M.D., has joined the firm as a partner in its intellectual property practice. Becker represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in all areas of patent counseling, including lifecycle management, patent portfolio development and restructuring, peer review of patent portfolios, and IP diligence in advance of financings, mergers, acquisitions and other liquidity events.

Dan is a tremendous addition to our thriving life sciences practice,” said Fenwick Chair, Richard Dickson. “His deep technical knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to our biotechnology clients, an area of rapid growth for Fenwick.” ​

“I’m delighted to be joining Fenwick,” said Becker. “Fenwick’s dedication to serving innovators, its impressive bench of patent practitioners, extensive post-grant expertise, and growing life sciences corporate and patent groups is a nice compliment to my practice.​

“Dan’s strength and experience in patent prosecution, portfolio development and post-grant proceedings for life sciences companies will further deepen our ability to secure, defend and commercialize many of the most valuable assets of our life science clients,” said Intellectual Property Chair, Lawrence W. Granatelli. “Recent changes in the law and court decisions have brought significant challenges to what constitutes patentable subject matter and has expanded the remedies available through the patent office post grant. Dan is versatile and well suited to advising and helping clients navigate those changes.”​

Becker has been practicing intellectual property law for more than two decades. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Prior to law school, Becker conducted research under two prestigious postdoctoral fellowships.  He earned an M.D. with research honors from Stanford University School of Medicine after earning an undergraduate degree from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with additional honors.  

​For the past six years, Chambers USA has recognized Becker as a leading lawyer, nationwide, in the area of Life Sciences: IP/ Patent Litigation. Since 2012, Becker has been identified as a “Life Sciences Star” in LMG Life Sciences and its predecessor publication, Expert Guide to Life Sciences Attorneys. Becker is also recommended in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 (US) for patent licensing and transactions.

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, 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. For information about a career at Fenwick visit us at  ​​​