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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 >

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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

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Richard Dickson Elected Incoming Chair of Fenwick & West

Chair Gordon Davidson Continues Active Corporate Practice

Mountain View, CA (April 25, 2013) – Fenwick & West, a leading technology and life sciences law firm, today announced that Richard L. Dickson has been elected incoming Chair of the firm. Dickson is currently Chair of the firm’s Corporate Group, and has held leadership positions at the firm for more than a decade, when he was first elected to chair the firm’s Startup and Venture Capital Practice Group in 2002. Dickson has also served as a member of the Executive Committee since 2008, and is known for his strength in consensus building, sharp analytical skills and for embracing change and innovation. Dickson will become Chair effective January 1, 2014 and will work closely with current Chair, Gordon Davidson, during the transition. Davidson, who has served as Fenwick’s Chair for the past 18 years, will continue his active corporate practice on a full-time basis and will be an ongoing resource to the firm’s leadership.

“Richard is an extraordinary and universally respected leader in the firm, having spent the past 10 years in executive management roles,” said Gordon Davidson. “After three record years of performance for the firm, I couldn’t think of a better time to transition to a new Chair, especially since the change comes at a time when I’ll be actively engaged at the firm for many years to come. Our new Chair has accomplished remarkable things as a leader, creating an environment of consensus that has enabled us to maximize our collective strengths and foster innovation. Richard is a natural choice to lead the management of the firm.”

“I’m honored to be elected by the partnership to be our next Chair,” said Richard Dickson.  “Gordy is a visionary and a truly unique leader in the legal industry and in the Silicon Valley. I look forward to carrying on his tradition of mentoring and empowering new generations of partners and leaders, while also continuing my active legal practice.”

Fenwick has grown from approximately 150 attorneys in the 1990s when Davidson became Chair to more than 325 attorneys today, and during that time:

  • Firm revenue has grown from under $100 million to more than $260 million in 2012.
  • The firm’s service offerings have grown to cover all the core legal needs of technology and life sciences companies, including nationally-ranked practices with some of the nation’s leading corporate, intellectual property, litigation and tax practitioners.
  • Fenwick has been recognized for innovation in the delivery of legal services, including alternative staffing, alternative fee arrangements, sophisticated pricing and budgeting, and technology that improves both efficiency and client satisfaction in the delivery of our services.

“I’m excited and humbled to serve as Fenwick’s Chair,” concluded Dickson. “We are focused, efficient and have never had stronger legal talent. I look forward to continuing to build one of the most preeminent law firms relied on by technology and life science companies to handle their most complex legal and business issues, while remaining focused on our core values of superior client service and internal collegiality.”

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.

Contact: 
Melita Jampol
650.335.739
mjampol@fenwick.com