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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Robert Hulse Named to Silicon Valley 40 Under 40

Mountain View, CA (January 6, 2014) – The Silicon Valley Business Journal has named Fenwick patent partner Robert Hulse to its annual “Silicon Valley 40 Under 40” list, which honors 40 game-changing individuals under the age of 40 in Silicon Valley.

According to the Business Journal, “This ambitious group of people under the age of 40 is making its mark in technology, entertainment, security, health and finance. Their work has essentially revolutionized everyday living.”

Hulse, who helps leading technology companies build and protect high-value patent portfolios, has handled ground breaking patent work for some of the world’s most innovative companies, most notably Facebook, for which he serves as lead outside patent counsel managing the bulk of the company’s international patent portfolio.

His work with Facebook, which goes back to the company’s first-issued patent, includes writing several of the fundamental patents that have become basic social media features, including photo tagging, geo-tagging, virtual gifts, news feed features and the “like” button. Last year, Hulse also helped Facebook in its acquisition of AOL Inc.'s patent portfolio from Microsoft Corp. for $550 million.

Hulse's patent work extends well beyond Facebook, with clients ranging from big name companies such as HTC and Virgin Mobile, to dozens of noteworthy newer companies, including Flipboard, Livescribe, Chegg, RockMelt and Delphix. For DreamWorks Animation, Hulse patented a number of the company’s innovative techniques, including helping spider drones look more lifelike and, in “Shrek the Third,” also helping the hair appear more lifelike.

“I’m very fortunate to be able to work with companies and individuals who are breaking new ground every day,” said Hulse. “It’s exciting to be on the ground floor of the hottest new technologies and to write patents in spaces that, until recently, didn’t exist,” he added.

In just the past year, Hulse has been honored by a number of esteemed publications. He was named one of the Daily Journal’s Top 25 Intellectual Property Portfolio Managers in California, recognized as a national ‘Rising Star’ by Law360 and named a 'Top 20 Lawyer Under 40' by the Daily Journal. He has also been named in IAM Patent 1000’s World’s Leading 1000 Patent Practitioners and Euromoney's Life Sciences Stars.

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.​