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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Lynn Pasahow Elected to Fenwick Leadership

January 13, 2003 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP announced today that Lynn Pasahow had been elected Practice Group Leader of its Litigation Group effective January 10, 2003. Pasahow, 55, brings over 30 years of litigation experience and is recognized internationally as one of the most effective patent and bioscience litigators practicing today. Mr. Pasahow led the team that obtained a jury verdict upholding Cetus' patents on its Nobel Prize-winning polymerase chain reaction invention, and the team enforcing's 1-Click® patent against

"Lynn will bring focus, energy and strategic thinking to our litigation practice at a time when our litigation practice has never been stronger," commented Firm Chairman, Gordon Davidson. "Lynn has done a superb job in building the firm's biotechnology practice not just in litigation, but across the board. He's a remarkable lawyer, mentor and leader who has the rare ability not just to be an effective leader within his own practice area, but also to make thoughtful and meaningful contributions across practices to benefit the entire firm."

Mr. Pasahow's clients have included Abbott Laboratories,, American Express, Aradigm, Athena Neurosciences, Celera, Cetus, Chiron, Cognos, BDM International, Eastman Kodak, Elan, First Data Corp., Genentech, Iomega, Johnson & Johnson, Large Scale Biology, Lockheed-Martin, NeXT, Pillar Point Partners, Sequus Pharmaceuticals, Stanford University, Topaz Technologies, University of California, Vysis, Warner-Lambert, and Xoma.

Pasahow, an internationally known patent and biotechnology litigator, has been most active of late in building the firm's biosciences platform. Under his leadership, the firm has attracted new biosciences partners and scientists to broaden the firm's existing strengths in the biosciences arena, including venture capital and technology transfer. Among his licensing projects is the University of California's portfolio resulting from Dr. Stanley Prusiner's prion-related research.

Mr. Pasahow is a director of the Bay Area Bioscience Center and the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California, and a member of the advisory board of the University of California's Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1969 and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. Following graduation, he was a law clerk for the Honorable A.J. Zirpoli, United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

"I look forward to the opportunity to continue building the platform that Fenwick & West has established over the past few years. I am proud to be leading such a deeply talented group of attorneys." Pasahow continued, "One of my first challenges will be to support this group as it builds its national profile based on significant accomplishments and victories on behalf of Fenwick & West clients."

Fenwick's Litigation Practice has been a focal point of firm growth over the past five years. During this time, its Litigation Practice has tripled in size. While the group's profile is built primarily on its expertise in intellectual property and employment litigation, it also has substantial expertise in general litigation, corporate securities, white collar crime and tax controversy.

Over the past months, Fenwick litigators achieved very favorable results in patent cases for Amazon, Macromedia and Handspring, as well as established a new practice focus involving internal investigations. Fenwick & West continues to have one of the strongest employment law practices in the Bay Area. Its litigators are involved in a number of high-profile intellectual property cases for Compuware, RePlay TV and Good Technology.

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 biotechnology clients, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, 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, DC. Fenwick & West's Website is found at


Gordon Davidson
Chair, Fenwick & West LLP
Mountain View, CA

Diane E. Hamlin
Chief Strategic Officer, Fenwick & West LLP
Mountain View, CA