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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Sally Abel, Kate Fritz and Cindy Hess Named Top Women Leaders in Tech Law

Mountain View, CA (August 8, 2013) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that managing partner Kate Fritz, trademark chair Sally Abel and start-up and venture capital co-chair Cindy Hess have been named among the The Recorder’s list of the “Top Women Le​aders in Tech Law.” The list recognizes attorneys who have “demonstrated leadership and expertise in solving the most pressing legal concerns tech companies can face.”

"These are the lawyers who get the call for that first, crucial funding round, the patent dispute only scientists can understand, the licensing-as-lifeline deal, the long-sought liquidity event," said Recorder editor in chief Greg Mitchell.

Sally Abel spearheads a world-class trademark group depended upon by some of the world’s most valuable and cutting-edge technology brands like Facebook, Twitter, Cisco, Pinterest, NVIDIA, Virgin America and Symantec. A well-known leader in trademark law with more than 25 years of experience in international trademark portfolio management and enhancement, Abel provides a wide range of trademark services, including trademark clearance, domestic and international registration, worldwide enforcement, licensing and internet/digital counseling for a myriad of clients. The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers 2013 ranked her among the top three trademark lawyers in the U.S. – the only one of the three specializing in counseling and prosecution – and the top 10 trademark lawyers in the world.

As Fenwick’s managing partner, a role she has held for the past seven years, Kate Fritz has been regularly sought after for her perspective on the firm’s client-focused approach to pricing and budgeting legal services – including a stint on Bloomberg TV’s “Behind the Headlines” video series in March: How Facebook’s Lawyers Price Their Services. Fritz is also featured in “Facebook’s Friend – How Fenwick & West Landed the World’s Most High-Profile IPO,” American Lawyer cover story, June 2012; “Lawyers Scramble to Compete,” San Francisco Business Times, December 2012; “Finding next Facebook Starts with IP,” Silicon Valley Business Journal, January 2013; and “Lawyering 2.0: Shifting to a 'customer'-focused model,” Thomson Reuters Legal Current Podcast, April 2013.

From sought-after emergent companies developing disruptive technologies to established technology stalwarts, Cindy Hess counts some of the hottest and most innovative tech companies in the mobile, video, SaaS and social media spaces among her clients. In December, Hess represented GoPro in the $200 million cross-border acquisition of 8.88% of GoPro by Foxconn Electronics Inc., the world’s largest electronics manufacturing company. In ranking Fenwick in the first tier nationally in the “Venture capital and emerging companies” category, The Legal 500 singled out Hess as one of the “leading names in Silicon Valley.”

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.