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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Women Leaders in Tech Law: Kathryn Fritz

September 18, 2014

​Fenwick & West managing partner Kathryn (Kate) Fritz was profiled recently by The Recorder after the publication named her to its 2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law list. That distinction is awarded to lawyers who have "demonstrated leadership and expertise in solving the most pressing legal concerns tech companies can face."

The Recorder praised Fritz for "developing innovative client-focused practices, including flexible pricing for a wide range of legal services that reflect tech companies' varied needs and budgets" during her eight years managing the firm.

The publication noted that Fritz "maintains an active IP litigation practice and writes regularly on IP issues of interest to tech companies," in addition to showing a sustained commitment to pro bono legal services. Fritz—who said she learned from her former partner Patricia Lucas (now a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge) to "never forget that the core role of lawyers in society is to serve"—co-chaired the Bar Association of San Francisco's Pro Bono Committee and served on the Legal Services Corporation's Pro Bono Task Force.

Fritz told The Recorder, "I am proud of my accomplishments as an attorney but am equally proud of my role as managing partner at Fenwick, contributing to the shape of the firm and helping to ensure that its legacy as a preeminent technology firm is long lasting and that we are continually innovating."

One ongoing challenge to the practice of technology law, Fritz noted, involves how to continually "apply technology to increase the value of legal services to our clients and make the delivery of those services more efficient." She also said there is "still a lot of progress to be made when it comes to gender diversity in technology," although she is "proud of the progress we have made as a firm in that regard."

The full profile of Fritz is available through The Recorder website. Fenwick trademark chair Sally Abel and venture capital co-chair Cynthia Hess also received the 2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law award.