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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 >

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

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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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If You Don’t Think You Need It, You Haven’t Seen Greatness

July 25, 2012

Mark Stevens,  Partner in the Corporate Group at Fenwick & West LLP, was recently mentioned in the TechCrunch article, “If You Don’t Think You Need It, You Haven’t Seen Greatness.”

In the article, successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Joe Kraus, writes about greatness and what it looks like in various positions essential to growing start-ups. He identifies a tendency among small founding teams to dismiss a particular position as non-essential to their business simply because they have yet to work with someone in that roll who truly excels. Kraus goes on to provide an anecdote from his time at Excite.com, an early Internet search engine he co-founded. The company needed a lawyer and did not at first find the guidance they anticipated receiving.

Kraus described that, “In my mind, a lawyer was someone who took a business situation, married that business understanding to a legal perspective and gave you a single course of action as a recommendation.” He was disillusioned with an initial experience where that was not the case. In his words, “I was really unhappy and thought that this just must be what lawyering was actually like instead of my fantasy view of what the field was about.”

Then he started working with a new lawyer and things changed. “Mark Stevens, was exactly what I originally thought a lawyer should be and much more,” wrote Kraus. “He was a business partner first. He worked to deeply understand our business and then dispense legal advice. He was a tremendous negotiator. He thought well ahead of us in critical areas of IP, sales and BD. In short, he opened my eyes to *greatness* at the position of legal counsel. It made me wonder. How many other positions was I de-valuing because I hadn’t worked with someone who was amazing at their craft?”

The article concludes by encouraging entrepreneurs to ask themselves if they’ve seen greatness in a position before counting it out of their company’s plans. Through seeking greatness, entrepreneurs may find tremendous value from positions that would otherwise have been overlooked.​