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 >

FLEX by Fenwick is the only service created by an AmLaw 100 firm that provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for interim in-house legal needs to high-growth companies.  MORE >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  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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Ashley C. Walter

Chair, Corporate Social Responsibility

Associate, Corporate  

Seattle 206.389.4556


​Ashley Walter is a business lawyer who specializes in advising technology and life sciences companies regarding strategy and compliance with respect to corporate social responsibility-related legal requirements. Ashley’s practice also includes representing clients before government agencies in connection with competition, national security, and other regulatory filings, as well as advising on a wide variety of corporate matters including formations, intellectual property and employment matters, venture capital financings, commercial arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions.​

As Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice Group of Fenwick & West, Ashley provides value to clients by bringing to bear a firm grounding in corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues, sector-specific knowledge, a deep familiarity with current and proposed CSR-related legal requirements, a practical understanding of technology company supply chains, and significant experience in the design and implementation of responsibility management systems, such as CSR policies and standards.

Ashley is a founder and the current Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Law Committee of the ABA Business Law Section and has published and lectured on CSR, including at Stanford Law School, where he currently teaches the course “Corporate Social Responsibility. Clients that Ashley has advised with respect to CSR-related matters, both current and prior to working at Fenwick & West, include:

  • Aviat Networks
  • Broadcom
  • Cepheid
  • Cisco Systems
  • Coherent
  • Cray
  • DexCom
  • Facebook
  • Fortinet
  • Imperva
  • Marvell Semiconductor
  • Mattson Technology
  • Meru Networks
  • Netgear
  • Polycom
  • ShoreTel
  • Silicon Image
  • Spansion
  • Spreadtrum Communications
  • Symantec
  • Synopsys

While in law school, Ashley was Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance. He conducted climate change research in the U.S. and Denmark under Stanford Law School professor Thomas Heller, Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations’ High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, as part of Stanford Law School’s Climate Change Workshop. He also drafted the environmental sustainability proxy voting guidelines for the Stanford Management Company as a panel member of the Stanford University Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing and submitted a business plan that was named a finalist in a Stanford University campus-wide funding competition.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Ashley was a corporate attorney in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.​