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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 >

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Law Firm Leaders See Jumps, Bumps in 2015

January 15, 2015

Fenwick & West chairman Richard Dickson, was featured prominently in an article in The Recorder that sizes up the landscape for law firms in 2015, both in Silicon Valley and nationwide.

One of the law firm leaders sought out by the publication, Dickson predicted that 2014's record-breaking pace for  technology mergers and acquisitions will continue into 2015.

"The technology sector will continue to outperform," he said. (Through the third quarter of last year, Fenwick worked on more technology M&A deals than any other law firm in the world, according to MergerMarket.)

Beyond the transactional sector, the article also notes that firms with well-defined niche litigation practices are likely to have an edge in 2015.

This environment favors "firms that are focused, that are evolving their business model and those that are investing to create greater value to their clients to truly differentiate themselves," Dickson explained.

The Recorder story also notes that data privacy could become the fastest-growing practice area in 2015 and energy practices will probably take a hit due to dipping oil prices.

The full article, which features a photograph of Dickson, is available through The Recorder's website (subscription required).