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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Three Fenwick & West Lawyers Named to Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law Directory

October 21, 2010 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that three partners have been included in the 2010 Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, the leading guide to the top female legal practitioners internationally. Fenwick & West tied with one other firm for the most California-based women partners selected for inclusion in the 2010 directory, more than any other national law firm. The recognized Fenwick & West lawyers are:

Sally Abel, Chair of Fenwick's Trademark Group and Connie Ellerbach, Trademark partner, were both included in the guide as among the top 30 trademark lawyers in the U.S. Jennifer Fuller, partner in Fenwick's Tax Group, was honored as one of the top 7 tax lawyers in the entire U.S., and in fact, was invited to write the introduction to the Tax Section for the 2010 directory.

Ms. Abel was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of intellectual property law and was named as one of the most highly regarded trademark practitioners in the world in Who's Who Legal Trademarks 2010, an honor reserved to 15 trademark lawyers, only 3 of whom are from the U.S.

Ms. Ellerbach was recently recognized by Who's Who Legal Trademarks 2010 as being among the world's top trademark lawyers and was also recognized by Who's Who Legal: California as being among the top one percent of California attorneys in the trademark field.

Ms. Fuller has been included in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisors, Leading Lawyers in the Western U.S., Guide to the Leading U.S. Tax Lawyers, World's Best Tax Lawyers, and International Tax Review's Best Tax advisers in North America. Each was the result of a survey by the publisher.

The 2010 edition of the World's Leading Women in Business Law directory includes women lawyers in 24 practice areas in 65 jurisdictions worldwide. The book provides "expert guidance to the top female talent in the industry by highlighting the outstanding contribution of women in this predominantly male-dominated sector, and naming high-caliber individuals who succeed as preeminent legal professionals."

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP is one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to high technology and life sciences clients in Seattle, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Fenwick has a rich history of developing several ongoing initiatives to help retain and promote women attorneys in the legal profession, and has made their hiring and advancement a strategic priority. Fenwick was recently ranked as one of the best law firms for women by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, and as one of the top 100 law firms for women by MultiCultural Law magazine. We were also ranked by Minority Law Journal as one of the top three and by American Lawyer as one of the top seven most diverse law firms in the U.S. More information can be found on