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 >

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Fenwick Redefines Color of Money

December 07, 2006

Fenwick & West's efforts to improve diversity were the subject of a recent front-page article in The Recorder entitled, "Fenwick Redefines Color of Money." In the article, Kay Hodge, chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, called the firm's efforts "an innovative and creative step."

The article also quotes UCLA law professor Richard Sander, who critically analyzed diversity and minority presence in large firms, concluding that the low number of black partners could be blamed, in part, on larger firms' inadequate training and mentoring of their minority associates. However, not all firms are being criticized by Sander. Fenwick & West established a program two years ago that is "very promising," according to Sander.

Fenwick & West committed itself to increasing diversity by creating a program that asks each partner to participate in at least three of 12 activities which support minority recruiting and associate mentorship. Associates are then expected to evaluate the impact each partner has on the firm's diversity efforts. Furthermore, the firm established significant bonuses for the partners who are active in supporting diversity at the firm.

Laurence Pulgram, Chair of the Copyright Litigation Group, said, "The fact that diversity became one of a relatively low number of things that can—in and of itself—trigger a bonus I think particularly communicates the firm's seriousness of purpose." Adding, "It communicates that the firm means what it says in its desire to increase diversity in the workplace. It raises your own consciousness. You ask, 'What more can I do?' That gradually, incrementally, makes a difference, when 80 partners are asking themselves this. It adds up."

When asked about this program, Fenwick & West Chairman Gordon Davidson said, "It's the right thing to do." He then explained, "It's also just plain good for business. Our clients care about diversity."

The success of this program can be seen in a 2005 survey of 240 law firms conducted by Minority Law Journal. Fenwick & West ranked sixth.