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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Top 100 Attorneys in California: Gordy Davidson

September 10, 2014

Fenwick & West corporate partner Gordy Davidson was profiled by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California; the publication cited his recent work on large deals including Uber’s $1.2 billion venture capital financing round in June.

In his interview, Davidson drew a parallel between Uber and WhatsApp, represented by Fenwick in its $19 billion acquisition by Facebook.

"WhatsApp and Uber Technologies have used the Internet in ways that have transformed the way people interact,” Davidson noted. "This has resulted in stunning dollar amounts and also unprecedented scale early in their business lifetimes."

Another transformative client Davidson has represented is Workday Inc., which provides businesses with cloud applications for human resources and finance. Most recently, Davidson took the company through a $534 million follow-on offering.

“Workday has pioneered enterprise software in the cloud," he told the Daily Journal.

Davidson also talked about his work on one of the largest-ever going private deals for a Chinese company, representing the special board committee of Giant Interactive Group Inc.

As U.S. legal counsel, Davidson helped the leading online game operator manage its conversion to private control from having been a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

"We were at the center of that deal, negotiating with the consortium, which consisted of the chairman and controlling shareholder and three private equity investors, that was providing the funding of the buyout," Davidson said.

"We had to deal with U.S. securities laws, corporate law in the Cayman Islands, Chinese regulatory law and three private equity investors, along with multiple commercial banks that provided the debt financing,” he added. “It was a very complex transaction involving about 10 law firms."