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 & West Recognized as One of the 'Best Places to Work in the Bay Area'

May 04, 2007

May 4, 2007 (Mountain View and San Francisco, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that the San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and East Bay Business Times have recognized Fenwick & West as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Bay Area." Fenwick & West placed 8th on the list of companies with 500 to 3,000 employees.

Managing Partner Kate Fritz said "First and foremost, we're in a people business. Our clients depend upon us to respond quickly and accurately to a myriad of complex issues. From the early days of our firm's existence, we realized that this would be impossible in an environment that was not conducive to employee satisfaction. We strive to make our workplace exciting, innovative and positive, and we are pleased to have those efforts acknowledged by the local media."

The survey itself was conducted by PeopleView, an employment consulting firm. The rankings were based upon employee responses. In order to be eligible for the survey, at least 20 percent of the employees were required to respond. The comprehensive survey sought employee responses covering a wide range of topics, including workplace environments, management communications, benefits, compensation and others.

"Being named to the 'Best Places to Work in the Bay Area' list confirms that Fenwick & West is succeeding in our efforts to attract world-class professionals to a work environment that continually demonstrates our respect and admiration for our attorneys and staff. We are certainly proud of our collective achievement, and it is a credit to the efforts of everyone at Fenwick & West," said Head of Human Resources Pat Lyden. "I've consistently felt that Fenwick & West is a great Firm, with a wonderful reputation and a great place to work that cares about its employees and then to repeatedly be named as one of the very Best Places to Work in the Bay Area serves to confirm that impression. This recent award and recognition is especially meaningful because it is based primarily on feedback from our most valuable resource, our employees."

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. Fenwick & West is committed to providing innovative, cost-effective and practical legal services that focus on global technology industries and issues. We differentiate ourselves by having a deeper understanding of our clients' technologies, industry environments and business needs than is typically expected of lawyers. The firm is ranked by San Francisco Business Times/Silicon Valley Jose Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area.

For further information, please contact Pat Lyden at 650.335.7649, Head of Human Resources, or Rob Kahn, Business Development Manager, at 650.335.7616 or via e-mail at or