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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'Wonder Woman' Power Attorney Cynthia Hess

October 07, 2011

October 7, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) - Cynthia Hess, partner in the Corporate Group and Co-Chair of the Start Ups and Venture Capital Group of Fenwick & West, was recently profiled by Go Girl Finance in the article "Wonder Women – Profiles in Power: Cynthia Hess." The article highlighted Cynthia's career and her success working among the technology and start up companies that make up Silicon Valley.

After beginning her career in New York working with investment banks, Cynthia took a chance on moving to the West Coast to work with tech companies. While she arrived just as the dot-com bubble burst, Cynthia was able to persevere and achieve long-term success.

"We were suddenly in the middle of this pretty deep tech recession. But I persevered, and continued to meet with people and companies who went on to start other businesses," says Hess of her survival strategy. "[I]f you connect with people who like your work and they then move on to start or join other companies, there are always opportunities. And now I have a really thriving practice."

Cynthia has achieved success within the technology and venture capital industries, which are thought to be industries where a disparity still exists among men and women in the workplace.

"I was recently at a party in a room filled with professional women in high positions from Google, IBM and other major tech companies, and we were talking about how you can really count the number of women in venture on one hand… I’m not exactly sure why."

Cynthia does see hope for the future. "There are a lot of very young entrepreneurs in the industry now, and I see more women; twenty-somethings or early thirties, partly now that there are so many more social media and Internet businesses and companies out here. You see more women in those areas that are more consumer-based: social gaming, social networking, and so on."

Click here to read the full article from Go Girl Finance.