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 >

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Litigation Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Enforces Class Action Waivers in Consumer Arbitration Agreements


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 (

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 13, 2010


4/13/2010 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for April 2010 summarizes recent developments in the law.

Corporate and Securities Alert: M&A Development—Additional Guidance from the Delaware Chancery Court on MAE Clauses


10/22/2008 - Hexion v. Huntsman provides lessons on what constitutes a Material Adverse Effect and the meaning of 'reasonable best efforts' and 'knowing and intentional breach.'...

Containing Myriad


8/22/2013 - Patent ineligibility of isolated DNA

Litigation Alert: FTC Holds That Disclosure of Sensitive Medical Information Due to Lax Security Violates the FTC Act


8/2/2016 - FTC held in In the Matter of LabMD, Inc. that a company’s failure to implement reasonable security measures to protect sensitive consumer information on its network constituted an unfair business practice in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Redefines the Standard for Indefiniteness in Patent Cases


6/3/2014 - Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and redefined the standard for indefiniteness under Section 112.

Antitrust Alert: Supreme Court Overrules Per Se Rule Against 'Vertical' Minimum Price Agreements between Manufacturers and their Distributors


6/28/2007 - On June 28, 2007, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., No. 06-480, addressing the proper antitrust analysis of resale price maintenance under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2009


10/6/2009 - Fenwick's Intellectual Property Updates for Fall 2009

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Fenwick Employment Brief May 2012


5/11/2012 - This Fenwick Employment Brief for May 2012 summarizes recent developments in the law.

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Fenwick Employment Brief - November 20, 2007


11/20/2007 - Effective January 1, 2008, the minimum hourly rate for exempt computer software professionals will be $36, down from this year's minimum of $49.77.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Fall 2007


10/12/2007 - Disclosures to government regulators have always posed risks to trade secrets and other proprietary information.

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 8, 2007


10/8/2007 - In a decision narrowing the scope of the administrative exemption, a California Court of Appeal held in Harris v. Superior Court that insurance claims adjusters were improperly classified under the administrative exemption.

Securities Litigation Alert: Insider Trading Is Back


9/4/2007 - Most of the SEC enforcement actions brought this year against Wall Street professionals and corporate executives involve insider trading in advance of mergers and acquisitions.

Litigation Alert: No End of Trouble? Perfect 10 v. Visa International and Secondary Liability


7/17/2007 - On July 3, 2007 the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Perfect 10 v. Visa International Service Association, No. 05-15170, which addressed the secondary liability of credit card companies, affiliated banks, and data processing services…

Litigation Alert: Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., Ltd. (Festo XIII) - Prosecution History Estoppel and the Foreseeability of Equivalents


7/5/2007 - Federal Circuit issued the latest in a line of decisions addressing the scope of prosecution history estoppel and its limits on the doctrine of equivalents, this time addressing whether an equivalent is foreseeable and thus subject to surrender.

Antitrust Alert: Supreme Court Overrules Per Se Rule Against 'Vertical' Minimum Price Agreements between Manufacturers and their Distributors


6/28/2007 - On June 28, 2007, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., No. 06-480, addressing the proper antitrust analysis of resale price maintenance under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

Intellectual Property Bulletin Summer 2007


6/26/2007 - On May 23, 2007, Coca-Cola employee Joya Williams was sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to sell Coke's trade secrets to rival Pepsi.

Copyright Alert: Perfect 10 v. Google—Key Holdings: Website Framing Does Not Directly Infringe the Public Display Right, Image Search Engine Thumbnails Are Fair Use, and a New Test for Online Contributory Infringement


5/17/2007 - How fast do things change in 'Internet time'? That was in substance one of the questions posed in yesterday's Ninth Circuit decision in Perfect 10 v. Google.

Litigation Alert: KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc.—Ordinary Innovation is Obvious


5/1/2007 - On April 30, the Supreme Court in KSR International v. Teleflex, announced that 'the results of ordinary innovation are not the subject of exclusive rights under the patent laws.