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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Litigation Chair Rodger Cole Distinguished as Delivering Absolute Best Client Service

Mountain View, CA (February 4, 2014) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that Litigation Chair Rodger Cole has been nominated by corporate counsel as among “an elite group of standout attorneys” recognized as “the absolute best at delivering client service” on BTI Client Service All-Stars 2014. Cole, who represents high technology companies in intellectual property and commercial litigation, is among only 21 intellectual property lawyers nationwide to be nominated by corporate counsel to receive this recognition, according to Law360.

“Technology companies make decisions quickly. To give good advice, a lawyer needs to understand the business goals and the risk tolerance of the client,” Cole told Law360. “I learn my client’s business before problems arise to identify and respond to issues promptly.”

The guide recognizes 330 “innovating attorneys” who “are leveraging market changes to stand out with corporate counsel and deliver superior client service.” Nominated attorneys are recognized for their excellence along six factors BTI Consulting identifies as driving exceptional client service: client focus, innovative thought leadership, exceptional understanding of the client’s business, legal skills and ability to deliver outstanding results. This year, more than 300 corporate counsel at large and Fortune 1000 companies provided unprompted feedback to BTI Consulting for the survey.

Chair of Fenwick’s Litigation Group, Cole’s high technology clients include Intuit, CBS Interactive, Hewlett-Packard and Sega of America. In 2013, three appellate courts affirmed victories his teams achieved in the trial courts, including a dismissal of a privacy consumer class action against CBS Interactive, a copyright infringement dismissal for clients Sega of America and Electronic Arts, and a defamation dismissal asserted by former NBA Star Scottie Pippen against client Mint Software.

“I am humbled that the clients I represent would nominate me for this award," Cole said of the recognition. "This is a team award and a tribute to the incredible teamwork of everyone at Fenwick & West.”

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.