Ariel Gaknoki

Associate, Corporate  

Mountain View 650.335.7825


​​Ariel concentrates her practice on a broad variety of corporate matters to support clients in the high technology and life sciences industries.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Ariel was an associate at a leading employee benefits law firm where she participated in the litigation of complex and varied Employment Retirement Income Security Act and employee benefits cases. She also assisted clients with maintaining regulatory compliance under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, drafting plan documents and analyzing fiduciary issues.

During law school, Ariel completed the UC Hastings Law and Health Sciences Concentration, served as senior notes editor for the Women’s Law Journal and interned at the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor.


  • “409A Guidance on Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans for Beginners,” Clear Law Institute, June 2018 (co-presenter)