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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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Steskal to Head Fenwick's White Collar Practice

January 22, 2007

Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Steskal is joining the firm as a partner in the Securities Litigation Group, and as the Chair of its White Collar/Regulatory Practice Group. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Steskal was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, working as part of the Securities Fraud Section and Stock Option Task Force of the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco.

"The breadth of expertise in the Securities Litigation Group and range and volume of matters currently handled by Fenwick & West impressed me," said Steskal. "I was not actively looking to return to private practice when I was approached about the opportunity to join Fenwick & West. My tenure at the U.S. Attorney's Office has been tremendously rewarding and I am very proud of the work I have done for the United States over the past six years. However, I could not resist the unique opportunities available to me at Fenwick & West. The firm's reputation, platform and client base make it well positioned to develop a robust white collar practice. I am excited to add my skills and experience as a federal prosecutor to Fenwick & West's thriving securities litigation group. The firm is an ideal choice for my return to private practice."

Steskal joined the U.S. Attorney's office in 2001. During his tenure there, Steskal handled a wide range of matters, including trials, appeals and investigations involving stock option backdating, securities fraud, corporate fraud, mail and wire fraud, money laundering and public corruption. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Steskal was a litigation attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco. He is a former law clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge James R. Browning and U.S. District Court Judge Harry L. Hupp. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1992. Chris will be resident in Fenwick & West's San Francisco office.

"We are thrilled that Chris will be joining us, and believe he augments perfectly one of the top securities litigation practices in the country," said firm Chair Gordon Davidson. "Law firms across the U.S. are competing for attorneys like Chris, who have extensive investigation and trial experience relating to white collar crime and corporate governance issues. Chris will be joining our firm just as many of the ongoing internal stock option investigations move to the regulatory review stage by the SEC and DOJ. We are very pleased that Chris chose Fenwick & West."