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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 >

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 >

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

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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 Partners Named Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys by Leading Legal Newspaper

Mountain View, CA (September 12, 2012) – The Daily Journal recognized partners Gordon Davidson, Susan Muck and Greg Roussel in its list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California. The list recognizes California-based attorneys involved in cases that had a broad legal or industrial impact over the past 18 months.

Fenwick chairman, Gordon Davidson, is described as “a Silicon Valley legend” and recognized for his recent work, along with Jeffrey Vetter, leading Facebook’s historic IPO in May. In the past year alone, he brought five companies public, most recently ServiceNow, and represented SuccessFactors in their $3.4 billion acquisition by SAP.

Susan Muck, a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation group, is recognized for her representation of companies in securities litigation and regulatory matters, most recently of Immersion Corp. and Diamond Foods Inc. She said that “representing officers or directors in these kinds of matters can be incredibly challenging but very gratifying."

Greg Roussel, a partner in the firm’s Corporate group, is noted for his work as lead mergers and acquisitions counsel for Facebook and for his work representing Bytemobile in their June acquisition by Citrix. Discussing rapid expansion in the mobile device market, he commented, "every technology company is working on a mobile strategy and is racing toward the ability to deliver – whether it's networking or storage or content – to people wherever they are, on whatever device they have.”

Over the past 15 years, the ‘Top 100 Lawyers in California’ list has grown in stature. Initially an amalgam of California-based attorneys impacting the practice of law on a national scale, the honor is now a much anticipated report on attorneys in the state who are changing the landscape of legal discourse. Researched by the Daily Journal’s editorial staff, the process takes into account nominations from attorneys, judges and in-house counsel.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. Fenwick is committed to providing innovative, cost-effective and practical legal services that focus on global technology industries and issues. We have built internationally-recognized practices in a wide spectrum of tax, litigation, corporate and IP areas. We have also received praise for our innovative use of technology, our pro bono work and diversity efforts. We differentiate ourselves by having a deep understanding of our clients' technologies, industry environments and business needs.