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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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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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Building Ethical Walls in Microsoft SharePoint

February 01, 2011

February 1, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) – Mark Gerow, Director of Applications Development and Business Process at Fenwick & West, was recently featured in the February edition of the Law Technology News podcast series entitled "Building Ethical Walls in Microsoft SharePoint." Mr. Gerow discusses why SharePoint is popular within the legal industry, yet he addresses the lack of "ethical walls" built within the program that are needed to protect client confidentiality.

Mr. Gerow has extensive experience with Microsoft SharePoint through managing Fenwick’s document management systems and intranet/extranet. In his recent article "Mending Fences" (LTN), he shares the importance behind constructing conceptual walls to prevent unrelated individuals from gaining access to privileged information. These walls are constructed for the document management systems and for other systems that contain client matter information. While SharePoint does not currently offer "ethical walls" within its structure, Gerow recommends that Microsoft include walls in its future versions of SharePoint to protect documents and data that play a critical role in all law firms.

"I'm hopeful that Microsoft will step back and say, 'Yes, this is something that we want to offer.'" Gerow said. "It's no accident that document management system vendors have provided 'deny' security settings for over a decade because they have been addressing the core needs of knowledge workers and knowledge sharing since they've been in existence."

Mr. Gerow, called the "SharePoint guru" by LTN, has written numerous articles on SharePoint, including "Project Management with SharePoint Task ​Lists" (EndUserSharePoint) and "10 Things ShareP​oint Can Do for Your Firm" (LAW.com).

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