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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 >

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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:

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  • 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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Fenwick & West CTO Matt Kesner Named One of InfoWorld's Top 25 CTOs for 2008

June 04, 2008

June 4, 2008 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP, a leading technology and life sciences law firm, is pleased to announce that IDG's InfoWorld has named its Chief Technology Officer, Matt Kesner, as one of InfoWorld's Top 25 Chief Technology Officers for 2008.

Kesner was lauded by InfoWorld for his efforts to expand the Firm's client-facing technology expertise from litigation support to a fully functioning practice group that uses technology to improve the delivery of legal services across the firm's thirteen practice groups. Established six years ago, the Fenwick & West Electronic Information Management (EIM) Group now includes eight lawyers, three IT professionals, and an IT director who acts as the lead forensics investigator. So far, the EIM Group has garnered repeat customers and referrals, and is on track toward seven-digit revenue this year.

"As a firm servicing the world's leading technology and life sciences companies, we strive to emulate their intense drive for innovation. This culture of continual improvement imbues every aspect of our firm, including how we use technology to better service our clients," stated Kesner. "I feel very fortunate to work at a law firm that is so supportive of our IT group's efforts to experiment and grow."

"Matt was far ahead of the curve with regard to developing the firm's capability to handle large-scale IT projects," says Lois Boyd, Fenwick & West's Chief Operating Officer. "Instead of outsourcing this work at a significantly higher price, we are now capable of competing with firms much larger than ours as to quality, efficiency and price."

"This year's honorees showed how a savvy CTO can make a huge difference in leading their business to success, whether in creating a world-class product or making a critical business priority happen the right way," said Galen Gruman, executive editor of InfoWorld. "We were struck by how the best CTOs combined solid, strategic technology thinking with management prowess to make their successes happen."

Every year since 2001, InfoWorld has honored senior IT executives who have demonstrated leadership within their companies and in the IT community. The 2008 InfoWorld CTO 25 feature, including InfoWorld's expert reporting and analysis, appears online at Infoworld's website.

About Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The firm and its practitioners are continually recognized for innovation in the legal industry, recently receiving the award for the "Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm" by American Lawyer Media for the firm's proprietary eDiscovery and due diligence system.