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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William H. Bromfield

Partner, Corporate  

Seattle 206.389.4532


Bill Bromfield represents technology companies at all stages of their life cycles – from formation and fundraising through strategic transactions and public offerings. Angel and venture investors also turn to Bill for advice and guidance on investment transactions in the technology space, particularly those in the media, Internet, e-commerce, mobile applications, gaming and SaaS.

A former in-house attorney at two technology companies, Bill is uniquely qualified to help entrepreneurs and early-stage companies navigate the critical legal and business issues involved in starting a technology company. His clients rely on him for practical and timely advice on market terms, industry trends and fundraising opportunities so that they have the right information with which to make critical legal and business decisions.

Bill very much values building long-standing relationships with his clients and continues to advise them as they grow and evolve on general corporate matters, securities issues, employment matters and management and board fiduciary duties.

Representative Experience

Bill has significant experience representing both companies and investors in corporate, securities and M&A transactions. Specifically, over his career, he has:

  • Formed and acted as outside general counsel to 100s of startups.
  • Represented companies in negotiating and closing investments totaling over $1 billion in the aggregate.
  • Represented over 50 startups in implementing successful exit strategies.
  • Represented a sizeable number of major VC funds and corporate strategic investors in investments across multiple technology industries.
  • Acted as outside general counsel to numerous public companies.

What Can You Expect When You Work with Bill?

Working with Bill means having an attorney who will provide practical, creative and thoughtful legal advice in a highly efficient manner, who values long-term client relationships and who is committed to treating each of his clients, whether large or small, with significant personal attention.

More about Bill

Bill frequently writes and speaks on legal and business issues related to venture capital financing, Sarbanes-Oxley and other corporate and securities matters. Chambers USA has named Bill an "Up and Coming" lawyer and a leader in his field, and Washington Law and Politics magazine has named him a "Rising Star" and a “Super Lawyer” over his career. Bill serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Bill was a partner with DLA Piper, served as chief counsel for Terabeam Corporation, and was associate general counsel for Network Commerce.

When not at work, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys, as well as boating, listening to new music, kayaking, skiing, hiking, watching movies and TV and searching for the next “cool” electronic gadgets.