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 Top Intellectual Property Attorney for Second Straight Year

Mountain View, CA (April 30, 2013) – For the second year in-a-row, Robert Hulse, a patent prosecutor in Fenwick’s patent group, was recognized as one of the best intellectual property attorneys in California by the Daily Journal. Compiled based on editorial research, editors say the annual Top IP list includes attorneys who “have advanced the law and technological innovation in important and possibly long-last ways.” 

In the Daily Journal profile, Hulse  says that his work on Facebook’s patent portfolio means that he has written “some of the fundamental patents that have become the building blocks for social networking in general.” He cites his work for Chegg Inc., a platform that allows students to manage their course schedules, and Flipboard Inc., an app that functions like a digital magazine, continually updating and allowing integration with users' social networking feeds, as examples. Flipboard was recently named the “next hot social network to watch” by The Wall Street Journal.

Hulse is proud of the work his clients are doing and says that he likes to get to know his clients’ business when building a patent portfolio.

"In the real word, how does this tool work?," he said. "Is it something that somebody will actually use?"

Hulse says this approach to patent prosecution allows him write stronger, more useful patents.

"When you are writing useful patents or trying to put together a coherent patent strategy for a company, you need to know who is contributing what," he said. "This allows me to write valuable patents that will actually be infringed by others in the future, rather than mere technical documentation about social networking features."

Already this year, Hulse has been recognized by numerous prestigious legal publications, including as a national ‘Rising Star’ by Law360 and a 'Top 20 Lawyer Under 40' by Daily Journal. He was also named in IAM Patent 1000’s World’s Leading 1000 Patent Practitioners and Euromoney's Life Sciences Stars last year.