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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Two Fenwick Partners Named to 'Top 20 Under 40' by Daily Journal

Mountain View, CA (January 18, 2012) – Fenwick & West corporate partners Gregory Roussel and Kris Withrow have been selected as two of the top 20 lawyers in California under the age of 40 by the Daily Journal. The annual list honors the best and brightest in California's legal industry. Fenwick was the only firm to have two of its attorneys on the list this year.

Roussel and Withrow were recognized for their outstanding transactional work and track record in recent years, particularly in the M&A space. A sign of the social media times, the Daily Journal specifically noted Roussel's work for Facebook and Withrow’s work for Twitter, two social media giants who continually rely on Roussel and Withrow’s legal expertise to guide the companies through numerous acquisitions.

As lead mergers-and-acquisitions counsel for Facebook, Greg Roussel is perfecting a talent acquisition program to help them remain competitive and improve the user experience. His recent acquisitions include Somo Enterprises, Push Pop Press, Sofa, Snaptu, Beluga, Zenbe, Gowalla, and With "the ongoing battle for talent being waged in Silicon Valley today," Roussel expedites and uniquely structures each deal to ensure the necessary assets are obtained and the teams are motivated to join Facebook long term.

Kris Withrow saw considerable acquisition activity in 2011, completing nearly 20 deals. Among his recent accomplishments, he represented Quidsi Inc. in its acquisition for $545M (with assumption of debt) by, Medicity in its $500M acquisition by Aetna; Force10 Networks Inc. in its acquisition by Dell; Auditude Inc. in its acquisition by Adobe; and IntoNow Inc. in its acquisition by Yahoo! He also represented Cisco, Twitter, Yousendit and GoPro in acquisitions.

Withrow was also cited for managing "more than 100 completed domestic and foreign acquisitions, asset purchases and divestitures, totaling more than $20 billion in aggregate transaction value".

The "20 Under 40" listing is a special report that appears as a supplement to the Daily Journal.

About Fenwick & West
Established in 1972, Fenwick & West works closely with clean technology, life sciences and other technology companies that are changing the world through innovation. The firm has more than 30 years of experience crafting innovative solutions to the business challenges that arise at the intersection of technology and the law. Fenwick & West clients, who range from start-up ventures to global enterprises, value our attorneys' deep industry experience and understanding of their technologies.