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 >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  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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Staff Poaching Rises In The Downturn

June 23, 2010

June 23, 2010 (Mountain View, CA) – Daniel McCoy, partner and co-chair of the Employment Practices Group and Litigation Group at Fenwick & West LLP, was recently quoted in the Daily Journal article "Staff Poaching Rises In The Downturn." As companies begin to hire again, employment lawyers are seeing a growing trend in unfair competition and trade secret litigation from businesses poaching employees from direct competitors. When employees, particularly top executives or positions that rely on obtaining new business such as sales representatives and agents, make lateral moves, they can take with them sales contacts, confidential marketing plans, trade secrets and other sensitive information. The concern is a salient one in California which, unlike most states, largely bans non-competition clauses that prohibit employees from competing against their former employer. As a result, some companies going after a former employee for alleged theft of trade secrets will fight to have the case heard in other states, such as where the company is headquartered, even if the employee is a California resident working out of a California branch. Dan McCoy observes that employers at the tail end of a recession need to be prepared to deal with an uptick in these lawsuits because of greater movement among employees at competing businesses. Furthermore, McCoy states, "You see less of that in a down economy because people aren't moving around as much - people are either getting laid off or sitting tight and as hiring picks up, you tend to see more of that claim. Employees are moving around again, so companies need to be aware of this kind of issue." To read the Daily Journal article in its entirety, click here (subscription required).