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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
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Women Leaders in Tech Law: Sally Abel

September 18, 2014

​Fenwick & West trademark group chair Sally Abel has been profiled by The Recorder, which named her to its 2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law list. The women lawyers who are given that honor are highly sought after by leading technology companies to advise the companies on their most important legal matters.

The Recorder noted that Abel not only started Fenwick's trademark group but also has made it "a powerhouse practice that counts 14 lawyers (11 of them women) and 10 paralegals (nine of them women)." Abel told the publication that she has always looked for ways to support gender diversity at Fenwick. She also noted the distance she and other women at the firm have traveled.

"From humble beginnings, such as keeping track of deadlines on index cards in a recipe box, together we now represent some of the world's most valuable and cutting-edge technology brands like Facebook, Twitter, Cisco, Square, Symantec and Uber, and hundreds of other leading tech innovators."

Abel also had advice for women who are just starting out as technology lawyers. "Know, and own, your personal power. Over the years, I have found that women have much more power in the workplace than they think."

Widely recognized as a preeminent trademark lawyer—including by the International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, which recently ranked her among the top three trademark lawyers in the United States—Abel told The Recorder that the "rise of apps" is the latest development that has had the largest effect on her practice.

"More than one billion people currently use smartphones, and they have less and less need to access websites, whether by URL or otherwise," she said. "The URL—the domain name—is irrelevant. Regardless of whether any of the new 900+ gTLDs are competitive with or even overcome .com as the domain space of choice, domain names are not the future."

The profile of Abel is available through The Recorder website. Fenwick managing partner Kate Fritz and start-ups and venture capital group co-chair Cindy Hess also received the 2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law recognition. ​​​​​​​​​​