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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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Talent Advisory Board's Research Shows Emotional Intelligence Vital for Diversity and Inclusion

September 24, 2014

Fenwick & West managing partner Kate Fritz was featured in a Talent Advisory Board (TAB) press release regarding a study it conducted heralding emotional intelligence (EQ) as a key factor in enabling Silicon Valley law firms to successfully promote diverse and under-represented minorities to senior levels.

Diverse Silicon Valley Attorneys Drive Innovation Through Emotional Intelligence was the fifth annual research study conducted by TAB, an independent diversity and inclusion research firm.

Fenwick, a co-sponsor of the study, helped select the five Silicon Valley tech company in-house legal departments represented, which were chosen for collectively surpassing industry benchmarks for attorney diversity vis a vis gender, sexual orientation and race. The companies were Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, SolarCity, ZELTIQ and Zynga.

Said Fritz, “We are so privileged to work with our clients on this list because we can learn so much from their success in cultivating a more diverse and inclusive in-house legal team. By sharing best practices, we can work together to increase diversity for the greater good of our respective businesses and the legal profession.”

The research found that successful women and minorities in senior positions scored high in self-awareness, motivation, empathy and other EQ qualities essential to serving business clients, working with colleagues and managing other attorneys effectively.

Citing the tangible benefits such practices produce, Fritz added, “Our experience is that greater diversity among both the in-house team and outside counsel increases collaboration and enables us to form even stronger relationships and ultimately deliver better counsel and results.”

The full report is available through the TAB website.