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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:

  • 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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Keeping Tasks Inside the Firewall

January 30, 2012

January 30, 2012 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West's Electronic Information Management Group was recently highlighted in the Law Technology News article, "Keeping Tasks Inside the Firewall."

According to Robert Brownstone, Technology and e-Discovery Counsel and co-chair of the Electronic Information Management Group for Fenwick & West, the Firm is dedicated to creating, "a robust IT environment [that] efficiently and economically hosts all of the electronically stored information needed to handle a client matter."

The article highlights this practice, as well as the group of more than 20 attorneys and 10 non-IT support professionals who handle the electronic discovery needs of their clients "inside the firewall." The practice handles e-discovery and document review needs, as well as satellite issues including privacy and security.

The Firm also employs a five-person Discovery Managed Review Department that works closely with the practice group, as well as a forensics investigator, and expertly trained scientific staff.

Matthew Kesner, CIO of Fenwick & West, says, "EIM can process 100 TB of ESI a year — more than many commercial centers."

Mr. Kesner went on to say, "We're always looking for ways to automate legal work, so that the clients don't pay for anything they don't value.”

The firm is also currently changing its billing model due to client demand, says Kesner, testing a new model, where it will charge per gigabyte for processing, monthly hosting, and production. "We have been billing by the hour. That doesn't make comparisons to other e-discovery vendors easy," he says. "We will still have some hourly charges for custom work but that will be at a greatly reduced hourly amount. With the new model we still expect to charge a fraction of most third-party vendors."

Click here to read the full Law Technology News article.