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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Fenwick Sees Healthy Gains in Revenues, Profits

February 03, 2014

​“As if a 13 percent gain in revenue in 2012 wasn't enough, Fenwick & West grew revenue another 5.8 percent, to $274.5 million, in 2013,” The Recorder opens in an article on Fenwick’s growth over the past fiscal year. 

With 2013 being Fenwick’s strongest year yet, Chairman Richard Dickson told The Recorder, “It was a particularly strong year for transactions as well as securities litigation and patent litigation, but each of our core practice areas contributed meaningfully to our revenue growth.”

The article notes that Fenwick worked on 10 initial public offerings this past year “for Valley tech companies or their underwriters.” The firm also completed five convertible debt offerings, raising more than $2 billion for clients like Concur, ServiceNow, Shutterfly, Proofpoint and Workday, and completed six follow-on equity offerings for companies like Facebook, Tableau Software and Zillow.

“[Fenwick] also represented Cisco in a slew of acquisitions, including Sourcefire for $2.7 billion and Israel-based Intucell for $475 million,” the article continues.

In 2013, Fenwick’s tax team represented Eaton on tax matters related to the company’s $11.8 billion acquisition of Cooper Industries, forming a new, public global power management company based in Ireland, and Fenwick’s FLEX by Fenwick business continued to see strong growth. The only initiative of its kind to come from an AmLaw200 firm, FLEX provides interim in-house legal support to high-growth companies cost effectively.

In 2013, Fenwick was named The Recorder’s Securities Litigation Department of the Year, among 10 law firms on The National Law Journal’s IP Hot List and Pro Bono Hot List, and U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Fenwick in the first tier nationally for patent litigation and intellectual property litigation, which all led to Law360 naming Fenwick the Technology Group of the Year in January.

"Momentum really started building in May and continued building throughout the year and into this year," Dickson told The Recorder. "I'm very optimistic about this year."

The full article is available through The Recorder's website (subscription required).​