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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Gordon Davidson Makes Forbes Magazine's "Midas List"

February 08, 2007

February 8, 2007 (CA) – Fenwick & West Chairman Gordon Davidson has once again been named by Forbes Magazine to its "Midas List" as one of the Top 100 dealmakers in technology and life sciences. Mr. Davidson has been included in every Midas List since it began in 2001 and continued in 2004-2007. He is one of only three attorneys on the list, and the only attorney who ranked higher this year than last, ranking #45 this year.

According to Forbes, the Midas List honors individuals who deploy venture capital to create wealth for their investors and build valuable, long-lasting companies. They rely on extensive reporting and surveys sent to thousands of professionals, including angel investors, bankers, lawyers and venture capitalists to calculate their results. Forbes described Mr. Davidson's practice for this year's list as follows:

#45, Lawyer, Fenwick & West
2006 Rank: 50

Engineer-turned-lawyer advises tech firms ranging from startups to the likes of Cisco Systems. Also counsels VC firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia. Lead counsel on mergers and acquisitions worth $50 billion, including the 2006 sales of Pathscale to QLogic and Good Technology to Motorola.

In addition to his renewed status on Forbes "Midas List," Mr. Davidson's list of recognitions include being ranked by the National Law Journal in 2000 and 2006 as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, by Upside Magazine in October 2001 as one of "100 People Who Changed Our World," by California Lawyer Magazine in August 2004 as one of the ten best corporate lawyers in California, by San Francisco Magazine in August 2004 as one of the ten best lawyers in Northern California, and by Chambers USA in its first tier of Corporate/M&A attorneys in the U.S. He is one of only two lawyers in the United States to be named by BTI Consulting to its "All Star Team" for each of the last five years for outstanding client service based on a survey of Fortune 1000 companies.

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Established in the heart of Silicon Valley in 1972, Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. More than 250 attorneys work with clients that range from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.