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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 >

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Fenwick Among Law Firms Known to Support Women in Leadership Roles

November 04, 2014

Fenwick & West managing partner Kate Fritz was featured in an Of Counsel article reporting that while the number of women assuming leadership roles at major law firms has increased, it still remains low. Fenwick is among the firms known for its support of women in leadership positions.

Of Counsel quoted figures from an annual report jointly released in August by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers that ranked the 50 best law firms for women in 2014. The report concluded that since 2007 when the Best Law Firms for Women initiative began, “The percentage of equity partners who are women among the winning firms has risen to 19 percent from 16 percent, non-equity partners to 29 percent from 22 percent and counsel to 42 percent from 37 percent.” In addition, women remain underrepresented on firms’ internal committees.

The publication noted that West Coast firms such as Fenwick are known for elevating women and minorities to leadership roles. Fritz confirmed that the firm has implemented policies and programs to encourage women lawyers to generate business and rise to top-level positions.

But women at many law firms still face bias, Fritz said. “There’s still a tremendous amount of unconscious bias that we have all grown up with, and we need to be aware of it. Many people still think of a leader as somebody who is tall and has a deep voice, and that cuts out a lot of people who might be potential leaders.”

To counter this bias, women need to modify their approach. “Women have a tendency to think that they have to have done everything before they’re qualified to do something,” Fritz said.  Instead, “women need to ask more often to do things. They need to speak up and believe that they can perform well in leadership roles. And, they need encouragement,” she added.