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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Two Fenwick & West Partners Named as Top Biotech Lawyers for 2011

August 10, 2011

August 10, 2011 (Mountain View and San Francisco, CA) – Fenwick & West congratulates Gordon Davidson, Firm Chairman and partner in the Corporate Group, and Michael Shuster, Ph.D., Co-Chair of the firm's Life Sciences Group and partner in the Intellectual Property Group, for being named as two of the Top 25 Biotech Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. Fenwick & West is one of only five firms that have two attorneys on the list.

Fenwick & West has been actively advising companies in the life sciences industry for more than 20 years. The industry is now a substantial portion of the firm's practice, counting more than 375 private and public life sciences companies, over 30 top national research institutions and more than 25 life sciences investors as active clients. The firm's 60+ member group is truly cross-disciplinary, with life sciences experience in the corporate, IP, litigation, tax, licensing, antitrust, benefits and M&A practices. Our attorneys, patent agents and in-house scientific staff—including 14 Ph.D. degrees in a variety of life sciences disciplines—provide strategic business-oriented advice, collaborating with one another through cross-practice initiatives to provide an unsurpassed level of service.

Fenwick began representing life sciences companies in the in the late 1980's with successful enterprises such as Biorad Laboratories, Hitachi America and The Cooper Companies and continues to advise cutting-edge emerging and established companies such as Abbott, Alnylam, Amyris, DexCom, Joule and Solta Medical. While the Silicon Valley life sciences industry steadily grows and new technologies arise and take hold, Fenwick & West continues to play a significant role in building, shaping and leading innovation.

To view the Daily Journal's Top 25 Biotech Lawyers listing, click here (subscription required).

About Fenwick & West’s Life Sciences Group

Fenwick & West's Life Sciences Industry Group consists of more than 40 attorneys and scientists who provide a broad mix of core legal services to private companies, public companies, investors and research institutions. Many of our Life Sciences Group attorneys have scientific and research experience prior to their legal careers, and a number have advanced technical degrees in disciplines such as molecular biology, organic chemistry, electrical engineering, and immunology.