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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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Community Change and Innovation: Law Firms Make Virtual Help a Reality

July 24, 2014

​The director of Fenwick & West’s pro bono program, Julie Park, and litigation associate Brian Lahti both spoke with the San Francisco Business Times about their work with the Virtual Pro Bono Project—a program that Fenwick was instrumental in creating.

The “virtual” component involves the use of web conferencing technology that allows the pro bono attorneys to meet with low-income people in under-served areas. No one has to travel far on the Bay Area’s crowded highways; the clients can go to their local library for a free 20-minute web conference while the attorneys remain in their offices.

The arrangement is helpful for both lawyer and client, Lahti told the Business Times. “They can spend more time on the issues at hand,” he said. Typical consultations involve advice on tenant rights, small claims, employment or family law.

Park helped develop the program in 2012, after she was contacted by the general counsel of Cisco, Van Dang, about the idea of using virtual technology to provide legal advice. The goal was to reach under-served urban and rural Bay Area communities such as East Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill. 

“It didn’t make sense for our attorneys to drive an hour in rush-hour traffic to get to a client,” Park noted. Instead, these towns were the first to have the web conferencing option available at local libraries.

The Virtual Pro Bono Project exemplifies the firm’s long tradition of providing free legal services, a tradition that began with founder Bill Fenwick and continues under Patrick Premo, Fenwick litigation partner and chair of the pro bono program.

“We have developed a culture of expectation for pro bono work,” said Park. “We really talk the talk.”

The full article is available through the San Francisco Business Times website.