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 >
5/2/2014 - Fenwick corporate partner Matthew Rossiter was quoted by the San Francisco Business Times about the impact of the federal Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act on initial public offerings in the biotech industry.
6/22/2005 - Employer's Use of 'Personality' Test Violated ADA/ Decision Highlights Risk of Using E-Mail to Distribute Important Personnel Policies/ Ninth Circuit Will Reconsider Casino's Requirement that Women Bartenders Wear Makeup
1/18/2008 - The dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act will increase at the end of February (exact date still pending), due to an annual adjustment mechanism that was created in the last round of amendments to the HSR Act.
8/25/2015 - Our Cleantech Practice has a long history of working with companies at the forefront of alternative energy and other cleantech-related technologies. We help clients in all areas of renewable energy – biofuels, chemical, electric, solar and wind.
3/27/2014 - Supreme Court’s Lexmark Decision Creates Uniform Federal False Advertising Standing Requirement, Widening the Door for Claims in the Ninth Circuit; It Also Suggests a New Approach to Determining Standing Requirements Under Other Federal Statutes.