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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Michael Brown, James Evans and Tyler Newby Named Top U.S. Attorneys Under 40

Mountain View, CA (April 11, 2014) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that partners Tyler Newby, James Evans and Michael Brown have been named among the top attorneys in the United States under the age of 40 by Law360. Newby is among only three attorneys recognized nationwide for privacy work, and Brown and Evans make up half of the list of attorneys recognized for their work in the technology industry.

Partner Tyler Newby, co-chair of Fenwick’s privacy and information security group, uses his experience working at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., as a federal prosecutor to advise high technology companies on how to balance the demands of national security and the privacy of their users. When high technology companies are caught in the regulatory cross hairs, Newby pulls from his direct knowledge from his experience with the DOJ to guide them through investigations. When a case demands it, he uses his DOJ trial experience to go to bat for his clients at trial in privacy litigation cases, where his most recent public clients include Symantec, Path, Carrier IQ and Pandora.

Partner James Evans has guided companies through some of the largest and most high-profile offerings in the technology industry, including Facebook’s $16 billion IPO, which was the largest IPO in 2012, the largest technology IPO of all time and the second largest IPO in U.S. history, Facebook's 3.8 billion follow-on offering and recently Candy Crush Saga-maker King Digital Entertainment's $500 million IPO. Over the past three years, Evans has led or co-led Fenwick teams on nearly 20 offerings, raising an aggregate of more than $23 billion.

Partner Michael Brown has played a leading role on some of the hottest mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and equity offerings of recent years, including the $105 million Marin Software and $92.8 million Silver Spring Networks initial public offerings, ArcSight’s $1.5 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard and Kareo's $29.5 million growth capital financing.

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.