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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 >

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

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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 >

Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650.988.8500

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.875.2300

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
206.389.4510

New York Office
1211 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
212.921.2001

Shanghai Office
Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
No. 1155 Fang Dian Road
Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200


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Why Fenwick?

At Fenwick, we recognize the enormous value that an experienced attorney can bring to the firm. If you're considering making a career move, we invite you to consider whether Fenwick is the right fit for you. We believe that the more you get to know Fenwick, the more you will appreciate that we have a truly distinctive culture and approach to the practice of law.

What we believe truly sets Fenwick apart is our ability to develop a sophisticated practice working with cutting-edge clients while creating a friendly and collaborative team environment.

We are committed to the highest level of excellence, yet we value and maintain a very enjoyable work atmosphere. Fenwick has critical mass and cutting-edge legal capabilities, and it's also a place where attorneys and staff enjoy working as a team to achieve the goals of an outstanding base.

Our attorneys work hard and enjoy their work, but don't need to fit into any "personality mold" to succeed. We seek out and hire individuals with diverse backgrounds and unique personal experiences. We believe it's that diversity of perspective that makes us highly creative problem solvers and a stronger team.

Current Openings


Current Openings - Attorneys & Legal Professionals

All employees and applicants are evaluated on the basis of their qualification without regard to race, religion, color, marital status, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, gender, genetic characteristics or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal employment laws. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all.

Corporate Associates (New York Office):

Fenwick is a leading technology and life sciences law firm with a cutting edge, internationally-recognized, dynamic corporate practice with offices in Northern California, New York, Seattle and Shanghai. Fenwick’s corporate group provides services to technology and life sciences companies at all stages of development, from early start-ups to mature, publicly traded corporations. We are seeking corporate associates with three to five years of experience in emerging companies, M&A, and general corporate law for our newly opened New York office. Experience with, or affinity for, technology and/or life sciences companies is preferred. Superior academic credentials and excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills are required.

To apply, please complete our online application and include a cover letter, resume, deal sheet and law school transcript.


Corporate (M&A) Associate (Silicon Valley Office):

Fenwick is a leading technology and life sciences law firm with a cutting edge, internationally-recognized, dynamic corporate practice with offices in Northern California, New York, Seattle and Shanghai. Fenwick’s corporate group provides services to technology and life sciences companies at all stages of development, from early start-ups to mature, publicly traded corporations. We are one of the premier technology mergers and acquisitions practices in the world, recently ranked #1 in the Americas and #3 worldwide for volume of TMT deals in 2015 by Mergermarket and a Top 10 M&A firm by Bloomberg – across all industries. We were also named the #1 law firm for private tech M&A transactions in 2015 by PrivCo. In recent years, the firm has completed over $400 billion worth of transactions, including significant acquisition programs for leading serial acquirers, as well as successful strategic exits for prominent unicorns.

We are seeking a mid-level corporate associate with three to five years of M&A experience for our Silicon Valley office. Experience with, or affinity for, technology and/or life sciences companies is preferred. Superior academic credentials and excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills are required. Possibility to move to San Francisco office down the road.

To apply, please complete our online application and include a cover letter, resume, deal sheet and law school transcript.


Corporate Associate (Shanghai, China Office):

Fenwick is a leading technology and life sciences law firm with a cutting edge, internationally-recognized, dynamic corporate practice with offices in Northern California, Seattle and Shanghai. Fenwick’s corporate group provides services to technology and life sciences companies at all stages of development, from early start-ups to mature, publicly traded corporations. We are seeking corporate associates with two to five years of experience in public company representation, M&A, VC financings and general corporate law for our Shanghai office. Experience with, or affinity for, technology and/or life sciences companies is a plus. Written and verbal fluency in Mandarin Chinese, superior academic credentials and excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills are required for this position.

To apply, please complete our online application and include a cover letter, resume, deal sheet and law school transcript.


Junior Associate to Mid-Level Associate, Corporate/Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits (Silicon Valley Office):

Fenwick is a leading technology and life sciences law firm with a cutting edge, internationally-recognized, dynamic corporate practice with offices in Northern California, New York, Seattle and Shanghai. Our Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group counsels top technology and Fortune 500 companies on complex compensation and benefits issues, and have a robust role in supporting our CSM&A practice. Our EBG team was also recently ranked nationally by Chambers USA.

We are seeking a junior Corporate/Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Associate to join our Silicon Valley office. The the ideal candidate will have one to four years of experience in executive compensation, mergers & acquisitions and related securities law issues, and should have significant deal experience. Superior academic credentials, excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills a must. CA bar preferred, but we are open to out-of-state candidates applying.

To apply, please complete our online application and include a cover letter, resume, deal sheet and law school transcript.


Intellectual Property-Trademark Associates (prosecution, counseling, international enforcement) (Silicon Valley Office):

Trademark associates (prosecution, counseling, international enforcement) with at least two (2) years of experience as a trademark practitioner for our Silicon Valley office. Superior analytical skills, academic credentials, excellent oral, writing and interpersonal skills a must. CA bar membership preferred. Possibility to move to San Francisco office down the road.

To apply, please complete our online application and include a cover letter, resume, law school transcript and a writing sample.


Intellectual Property-Privacy and Information Security Associate (Silicon Valley Office):
Fenwick & West helps companies of all sizes manage the risks associated with the collection, use and disclosure of electronically stored information, including sales, research, consumer and employee information. Companies rely on us to help them balance their ever-growing—and increasingly challenging—needs to comply with the seemingly contradictory rules and regulations regarding privacy laws, audits, investigations and litigation while meeting their overall business objectives. Our clients span every industry sector and range from emerging innovators to market leaders in the media, technology and health care spaces. Our collaborative approach includes attorneys from our Intellectual Property, Litigation and Electronic Information Management practices.

We are currently seeking a privacy associate or counsel with five to ten years of direct privacy experience, whether in-house or private practice, for our growing privacy and information security group. The position is for the counseling and compliance side of our privacy and information security group. The ideal candidate will have deep expertise on privacy laws and regulations counseling, and advising on data security. Knowledge and understanding of key privacy regimens: US state, federal and foreign-jurisdiction regulations, including GLBA, HIPAA, CAN-SPAM, COPPA, and the European Union Privacy Directives. Technical background would be useful, but not essential. CA bar membership preferred. Superior academic credentials, excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills required.

To apply, please complete our online application and include a cover letter, resume, law school transcript and deal sheet.


Securities Litigation Mid-Level Associate (Silicon Valley Office):
Fenwick & West’s Securities Litigation Group handles a wide range of civil and regulatory matters for its corporate and individual clients. In the civil arena, we represent issuers (including Fortune 100 and leading technology and life science companies) and their directors and officers in securities class actions, derivative suits, merger litigations and other civil actions arising from securities-related disputes. Fenwick also has an active internal investigation, regulatory and white collar defense practice. This includes representing audit and special committees in connection with internal investigations related to allegations of accounting fraud, whistleblower claims, or alleged violations of anti-bribery laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It also includes defending companies and individuals in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations and regulatory proceedings. In the recent past, Fenwick’s Securities Litigation Group was named “Securities Litigation Department of the Year” by one of California’s leading legal publications. We provide an unrivaled platform for an associate eager to be on the front lines, learning to litigate on behalf of some of the world’s most cutting-edge companies and handle complex investigatory and regulatory matters.

Fenwick & West is currently seeking a securities litigation mid-level associate with three (3) to six (6) years of relevant experience. Superior academic credentials, excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills a must. CA bar membership preferred.

To apply, please complete our online application.


Patent Prosecution Associates (Silicon Valley Office):
Patent Prosecution Associates with one to two years of experience. Candidates should have an electrical engineering, computer science, or physics background or equivalent experience. Patent Bar eligible. Superior academic credentials, excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills a must.

To apply, please complete our online application.


Patent Agent/Technical Specialist Program (Silicon Valley Office):
Fenwick & West has been a leader in technology and life sciences law since 1972. One reason for its success is its Patent Group, which is consistently ranked among the top patent practices in a general practice law firm in both the U.S. and internationally. The Patent Group has deep expertise in technology and life sciences. Our patent attorneys all hold technical degrees–many having Masters and/or Ph.D. degrees and many have substantial work experience prior to becoming lawyers. We have been further enhancing our technical expertise and depth through a patent agent and technical specialist program. Our patent agents and technical specialists have outstanding technical backgrounds and an interest in working in the area of patent law. Our patent agents and technical specialists focus on patent prosecution, although they also assist with litigation and corporate matters that require technical assistance. In addition, our patent agents and technical specialists are also eligible to participate in our tuition reimbursement program for law school.

Presently, we are seeking candidates with degrees or seeking degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science. Candidates should have strong academic credentials and/or prior work experience. Candidates should also have strong written and verbal communication skills. Candidates need not have prior patent law experience and need not be registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Candidates that are willing to prepare for and take the registration exam to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are eligible for a reimbursement program for this exam.

To apply, please complete our online application.


FLEX Attorneys (San Francisco Bay Area):
FLEX is hiring strong technology transactions and licensing attorneys with at least 5 years of experience drafting and negotiating a wide range of agreements (inbound and outbound licenses, partnership, vendor and other commercial agreements). We're also looking for corporate securities and M&A attorneys. Visit Flex by Fenwick to learn more about joining FLEX or for a list of current openings.


FLEX by Fenwick

FLEX by Fenwick has flexible part-time and full-time in-house opportunities for attorneys with 5+ years of practice experience. Backed by Fenwick, FLEX attorneys have access to a wide range of in-house legal work at companies ranging from exciting new start-ups to the world's leading technology companies. Visit Flex by Fenwick to learn more about joining FLEX or for a list of current openings.

Compensation and Benefits

Fenwick is committed to paying a competitive salary commensurate with major law firms in our market. The firm also provides a broad range of benefits that promote financial security, work/life balance and a healthy lifestyle.

Read more about our compensation and benefits.

Free Market System

Fenwick & West operates a Free Market System which provides associates with a significant opportunity to choose their work assignments and the partners with whom they will work.

Associates are actively encouraged to take the initiative to seek out the work they want, and they also have the right to decline work that they do not want. While many large firms have a central work assignment system in which associates are simply told what to do, Fenwick's Free Market System encourages associates to take ownership of their careers, develop the necessary contacts within the firm to find work that interests them and maintain positive work relationships. It also motivates partners and senior associates to be invested in junior and mid-level associates' professional development and to earn their trust and respect. Partners who don't learn that lesson may have trouble staffing their projects. The key to the Fenwick experience is actively shaping your own career.

Professional Development

At Fenwick, we understand the importance of continuous professional development and believe that the firm is responsible for providing meaningful and unique training opportunities. To that end, we have committed substantial resources to our multifaceted professional development program.

Through our innovative Fenwick University program, mid- and senior-level associates learn how to manage their career, with programs focused on developing and building skills such as leadership, networking, presentations and client pitches, and personal business plans.


Confidential Advisor Program

Partners and senior associates at Fenwick are relied upon to support and contribute to the development of first- and second-year associates. By taking time to listen and understand the experiences, aspirations, and concerns of associates, advisors can provide guidance, support and knowledge, to enhance a first- and second-year associate's professional development.

The program also serves helps build proactive relationships between junior and senior attorneys within the firm, which ultimately benefits all attorneys, the firm and clients alike.


Mentoring

Fenwick's Professional Development Mentoring Program was developed to complement the Confidential Advisor Program for the benefit of associates who are in at least their third year of practice.

For mid-level associates, the Professional Development Mentoring Program focuses on increasing and broadening work assignments and opportunities, access to a variety of partners, and expanding one's internal networks. For more senior associates, the program offers opportunities to explore career options and to discuss professional development opportunities, including business development, with partners.

Like the Confidential Advisory program, each associate is paired with a partner within the associate's own practice group. Once in place, these relationships may remain unchanged for several years. However, either party may request a change at any time and requests will be handled promptly, with sensitivity and without judgment.


Training

Fenwick University for Mid-level Associates
As associates begin the transition from junior- to mid-level associate, it is expected that they are well on their way to developing strong, practical legal skills. At this point they need to start to consider which direction to take, both substantively in the law, as well as in their practice development.

To assist them in this transition, the Fenwick University Mid-level Program examines the realities of large law firm practice, including law firm economics, management and the firm's expectations of associates. Participants will learn the importance of developing both internal and external networks, as well as various approaches to building and strengthening them. They will develop personal business plans, receive presentation skills coaching and, finally, present their plans to the group.

Fenwick University for Senior-level Associates
This program provides participants with an opportunity to stop and consider where they are in their career development and decide where they want to go, both substantively in the law, as well as in their client and practice development.

The program will include some business development content and will focus on what clients expect from their lawyers. Faculty, both from within and outside the firm, will discuss leadership, as well as the development of delegation skills and the management and supervision of teams and handling deals and litigation matters. The program will examine the concept of branding, as well as the brands of the firm, the practice groups and the individual. The program will help participants to consider the partnership question: What if they want to be a partner? What career options are available to them if they don’t want to be a partner? Participants will receive coaching on presentation skills, and, finally, the group will develop personal business plans and work on the development of skills relevant to making client pitches.


Women's Leadership Initiative

In 2006 we established our Women's Leadership Initiative, recognizing that women lawyers face unique challenges that can prevent them from realizing their full professional potential. It is important to us that our women attorneys enjoy the benefits that flow from a supportive network of colleagues with whom they can confide, share their experiences, tell their stories and listen to one another.

Our programs are designed to provide regular opportunities to discuss issues that are relevant to women in the firm and legal community, to foster learning and career development, and to provide a supportive network for talented attorneys as they find their paths to leadership.

Some programs are purely social, designed to bring colleagues together from different offices and practice areas and to give summer associates a feel for the esprit de corps that permeates our culture. We've hosted events ranging from tea at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, to indoor rock-climbing and yoga events.

We also offer programs that focus on professional development and mentoring, including one-on-one communications skills coaching, and networking and business development training.

Finally, we host events that include our women clients, which have been very well received and have helped to strengthen these professional relationships.

Practices and Industries

Fenwick enjoys abundant awards and recognition showcasing our nationally and internationally ranked practices in complex financial and commercial transactions, intellectual property protection and licensing, “bet-the-company” litigation, and tax planning and tax controversies.

We represent companies that have changed, are changing, and will change, the face of technology, life sciences and cleantech.

Learn more about our core practices and industries.

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