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
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 >
5/13/2015 - “In terrorem” or anti-abuse provisions often receive a lack of judicial and administrative interpretation. Section 163(l) of the Code, enacted in 1997, is no exception, so that even now certain fundamental questions.
2/23/2016 - Litigation Alert: Sarver v. Chartier - 9th Circuit affirms filmmakers’ use of an individual’s story in the film The Hurt Locker is protected by the First Amendment and does not violate alleged subject’s right of publicity.
1/12/2015 - This Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2015 includes the topics of security checks not being compensable time, NLRB expanding employees’ use of email for protected activity and perceived whistleblower activity.
4/28/2011 - On Wednesday April 27, 2011, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 decision, overturned California's refusal to enforce waivers of class action rights in consumer arbitration agreements, holding that the Federal Arbitration Act (
3/10/2011 - Jed Wakefield and Marybeth Milionis discuss the ruling in Network Automation, Inc. v. Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc., No. 10-55840, which clarified how courts should approach cases of alleged trademark infringement involving Internet keyword advertising.
12/27/2010 - TIME Magazine named CardioDx's blood-based gene expression test, Corus CAD, one of the Top Ten medical breakthroughs of 2010. The Corus CAD test also won a Technology Innovation Award from The Wall Street Journal this year.
9/13/2010 - On September 10, 2010, the Ninth Circuit issued a much-awaited ruling on appeal in Vernor v. Autodesk, addressing whether software purchasers are owners or licensees of the copies of the software in their possession.