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 >

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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How to Protect Your Clients' and Your Firm's Electronic Information

August 01, 2009

In an article published by The Bottom Line, an official publication of The State Bar of California, Robert Brownstone reviews key ethical and legal duties that arise from protecting the confidential information of various entities, including clients, adverse entities imposed by protective order and/or non-disclosure agreement, and your firm itself.

Brownstone recommends a number of measures that may help any law firm protect individuals' private information, which includes addresses, social security numbers and other information. He reviews key state, national, and international legal protections that apply to personally identifiable information and outlines the broad ethical duties owed to all entities, including clients.

In order to safeguard against potential malpractice suites, law firms and lawyers should use due care in protecting contents of online repositories, such as extranets, that clients and other outsiders may access. Brownstone recommends that public websites clearly convey the message that inquiries from prospective clients do not form automatic attorney-client relationships. Some firms handle this by placing a disclaimer on the bottom of some or all of the web pages; others link to a separate "Terms of Use" page.

Brownstone suggests that a three-pronged approach to delivering an effective Information Technology (IT) framework may help law firms safeguard against security breaches: the administration of well-though-out policies; education of all employees; and technology solutions. The technology issues that Brownstone specifically addresses include:

  • Perimeter protection
  • Physical security
  • Encryption of Data
  • Central v. local storage
  • Metadata
  • Electronic redaction
  • Safe internet access locations
  • Viruses, worms and malware
  • Password protection
  • Proper disposal of electronic data

Read the entire article here.