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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Catherine Kevane

Partner, Securities Litigation  

San Francisco 415.875.2392


Catherine Kevane is a litigator who focuses her practice on representing and counseling technology companies and their directors, audit committees, and officers in internal investigations and before government agencies in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), accounting violations, securities violations, and whistleblower claims. Catherine also has extensive experience litigating complex matters before federal and state courts, including securities class actions and derivative litigation.

She has represented multinational corporations, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies in regulatory or internal investigations into alleged accounting fraud, bribery and corruption throughout the world. Catherine regularly advises public company boards and management as well as late-stage private companies on regulatory and compliance matters, including the FCPA.

A dedicated member of the legal community, she is a member of Women in Securities (WISe), a network for women securities defense litigators and an active mentor to women attorneys. Catherine regularly volunteers at charities dedicated to improving the lives of women.

In 2013, Fenwick’s Securities Litigation team was named “Securities Litigation Department of the Year” by The Recorder over 20 other California firms.

Regulatory and Enforcement Proceedings and Internal Investigations

Examples of recent representative engagements include:

  • Internal investigations and related DOJ and SEC investigations on behalf of several multinational corporations, including Fortune 100 companies, into bribery and kick-back allegations in jurisdictions throughout the world, including Brazil, China, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia.
  • Non-public internal investigations for dozens of public and private companies into allegations relating to accounting, self-dealing, kick-backs, embezzlement, and financial improprieties.
  • DOJ and SEC investigations into whistle-blower allegations on behalf of technology and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Defending World Bank Group enforcement regarding procurement fraud and other matters on behalf of clients under investigation by the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency.

Corporate Compliance and Governance

Catherine regularly counsels companies on corporate compliance and governance issues, including remediation following a resolution of a SEC or DOJ investigation. Representative engagements include:

  • Developing post-DOJ and SEC resolution remediation and compliance programs.
  • Authoring SEC and DOJ compliance reports for multiple companies following resolution of FCPA-related matters.
  • Developing FCPA, UK Bribery Act and general ethics and compliance programs for dozens of public and late-stage private companies.
  • Representing late-stage companies in pre-IPO compliance and diligence matters.
  • Counselling on whistleblower matters.

Securities and Derivative Litigation and Shareholder Disputes

  • Catherine has defended numerous public companies in shareholder class action or derivative litigation alleging accounting or disclosure violations. Recent representations include the defense of Adobe, Cisco, Diamond Foods, Electronic Arts, Equinix, Intuit, and ShoreTel.
  • Catherine regularly represents and counsels late-stage private companies and public companies on resolving shareholder, escrow, and related disputes.

Selected Publications

  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter, Fenwick & West, November 2015 (co-author)
  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter, Fenwick & West, September 2015 (co-author)
  • GSK Bribery Conviction Signals Increased Risks in China, Fenwick & West, October 2014 (co-author)
  • SEC Announces $30 Million Whistleblower Award to Non-U.S. Resident, Fenwick & West, September 2014 (co-author)
  • Securities Litigation Alert: GlaxoSmithKline and Five Executives Convicted of Bribery in China, Fenwick & West, September 2014 (co-author)​
  • Securities Litigation Alert: DOJ and SEC Issue Joint Guidance on FCPA, Fenwick & West, November 2012 (co-author)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Guide to Preventing Improper Practices in Foreign Sales, Fenwick & West, September 2012 (co-author)
  • Securities Litigation Update - FCPA Update: Implementation of U.K. Bribery Bill Postponed Until April 2011, Fenwick & West, July 2010 (co-author)
  • Coordinated U.S. and U.K. Anti-Corruption Efforts Mean Greater Risks to U.S. Companies, Compliance Week, July 2010
  • Securities Litigation Update: FCPA Update: Recent Prosecutions and New Enforcement Tools, Fenwick & West, April 2010 (co-author)