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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New Managing Intellectual Property Guide Honors Fenwick as Leading National Intellectual Property Firm

“[Fenwick] maintains one of the most venerated reputations on the West Coast for handling contentious and non-contentious trademark and copyright work.”

Mountain View, CA (August 21, 2013) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that the firm’s intellectual property practice is recognized in Managing Intellectual Property’s inaugural edition of IP Stars, a directory of “leading firms with a strong national reputation and brand in the IP space.” The guide recognizes “top firms who have displayed the ability to consistently represent leading industry names and handle high-stakes matters in multiple jurisdictions.”

Based on interviews and surveys completed by clients, in-house counsel and other attorneys in addition to outside research, IP Stars ranked Fenwick as among the nation’s leading firms in the Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Contentious and Bio Life Sciences categories. The firm is also “highly recommended” in California in the categories Patent Prosecution, Patent Contentious, Trademark Contentious and Copyright.

The guide identifies Fenwick as having “one of the most venerated reputations on the West Coast for handling contentious and non-contentious trademark and copyright work” and singles out copyright litigation partner Andrew P. Bridges for “especially strong praise from peers.”

The guide also notes that Fenwick is “highly regarded in the life sciences field” and that in addition to the firm’s litigation practice, Fenwick attorneys “frequently handle high-profile transactional matters.” In calling life sciences industry chair Michael Shuster “a prolific author,” the guide says that he is “praised by peers for his thought leadership contributions.”

IP Stars distinguishes the following attorneys as leaders in their fields:

Sally Abel (trademark chair)
Andrew P. Bridges (copyright and trademark litigation partner)
John McNelis (patent chair)
Michael Shuster (life sciences industry co-chair)
Jed Wakefield (trademark litigation chair)

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.