Cynthia Clarfield Hess is Co-Chair of Fenwick’s Startups and Venture Capital Group. She was recently honored as one of the top 10 most trusted corporate counselors by The Recorder and has been included in their list of “Top Women Leaders in Tech Law” for the past three years. The Legal 500 has singled Cindy out as one of the “leading names in Silicon Valley.” Cindy is also recognized as one of California’s “Top Women Lawyers” by the Daily Journal. The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Cindy as one of the leading Women of Influence in Silicon Valley. In 2019, Cindy was honored by TechCrunch as the first to be featured in its inaugural list of top startup lawyers.
Cindy ranked among the best corporate lawyers by Chambers USA in 2018, who recognized her as a top lawyer nationally for startups and emerging companies, with clients saying she “is the finest attorney, very experienced and makes excellent decisions.” Chambers USA also top-listed Cindy for her venture capital work in California.
In her 25 plus years as a corporate attorney, Cindy has counseled technology companies on a broad range of corporate transactional matters, from formation matters and venture capital financings to mergers and acquisitions and public offerings, representing both companies and underwriters. She has worked with a wide range of high-technology clients – from established technology stalwarts to emerging companies developing disruptive technologies, which include some of the hottest and most innovative companies in the mobile, SaaS and social media spaces.
Throughout her career, she has also built results-oriented business connections resulting in many long-standing relationships with both investors and company executives— many of whom are long-term clients who continue to turn to Cindy for counsel and representation as they move on to new companies.
Cindy finds great satisfaction in working with companies that are revolutionizing the way that everyday users of technology interact with the world. Her combined technology experience, astute attention to detail, and ability to see the “big picture” are just a few of the valuable qualities she brings to her clients as their trusted business advisor.
Cindy is also heavily engaged in Fenwick’s Israel Practice Group and is currently representing a number of Israeli companies. Some of her representative international clients have included: CloudOn, Gigya, Kenshoo, Topio, Totango and Yevvo.
What Can You Expect When You Work with Cindy?
Cindy is a value-add team member, providing practical legal and business advice and thinking creatively to address vital issues that arise during important transactions. When it comes to technology companies and deals in the technology space, Cindy has virtually seen and done it all, and is committed to putting her legal expertise and knowledge of the technology marketplace to work for every client.
More about Cindy
Cindy is married and has two teen-aged daughters. She enjoys traveling, sporting events (particularly tennis) and spending time with her family and friends.