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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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Present Your Evidence

September 05, 2012

Fenwick’s Director of Information Technology Kevin Moore and Director of Practice Support Brad Bonnington are quoted in a DatacenterDynamics article on e-discovery titled “Present Your Evidence.”

The article says that over the past 10 years, “e-discovery has come of age and has become an industry of its own.” While most law firms still choose to outsource their e-discovery needs according to the article, Moore and Bonnington discuss how Fenwick has invested in creating a robust in-house infrastructure for handling e-discovery.

Bonnington says that managing costs is one reason that Fenwick has chosen to keep this function in-house – “[o]ver time you’re going to save a lot of money and you’re going to save clients a lot of money" – as well as the private and sensitive nature of the corporate information involved in the e-discovery process.

Email, mobile devices and cloud storage services are causing the amount of data retained for e-discovery purposes to grow at an exponential rate and overflow is becoming more common. Moore says the storage needed for litigation cases can vary widely from lawsuit to lawsuit, with one case requiring about 1TB of data extracted from seven or eight custodians.

“Storage is getting cheaper,” Bonnington says. “People are keeping email longer. Email systems have been around for a lot longer. If they keep that data in place, we often go get it. It seems like we’re implementing new [data-storage] stands and shelves every few months.”

To store all of this data, Fenwick created its own infrastructure – separate from the infrastructure that provides the firm’s regular IT services – partnering with Lateral Data in the development of its Viewpoint platform. Importantly, Viewpoint does not require that data be stored at a third-party data center, allowing the data to remain within the Fenwick infrastructure. 

Bonnington says that the new e-discovery capabilities have made the litigation process a better informed one based on the amount of evidence accumulated,.