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 >

Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101

New York Office
1211 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Shanghai Office
Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
No. 1155 Fang Dian Road
Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200

David E. Johanson

Partner, Corporate  

Mountain View 650.335.7960


David Johanson focuses his practice on representing private equity sponsors, including buyout funds, growth equity funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds. He also represents the companies partnering with those sponsors in complex business transactions (both domestic and cross-border), including leveraged buyouts of private and public companies, strategic mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, equity and debt financings, recapitalizations and restructurings–ranging in size from several million dollars to more than $1 billion. In addition, he represents public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, business transactions and general corporate matters.

Representative transactions include:


  • Marlin Equity Partners in its acquisition of Verisae, Inc.
  • Marlin Equity Partners in its acquisition of Iolo Technologies, Inc.
  • Marlin Equity Partners in its acquisition of ViryaNet Ltd.
  • HGGC in its acquisition of Survey Sampling International, Inc.
  • HGGC in its acquisition of Pearl Holding Corp.
  • HGGC in its acquisition of MRops, Inc.
  • Silver Lake Sumeru in its acquisition of Blackline Systems.
  • Francisco Partners in its acquisition of eFront.
  • Francisco Partners in its acquisition of DMLT.
  • Oaktree Capital Management in its acquisition of Nevada Chemicals.
  • Oaktree Capital Management in its acquisition of Cyanco.
  • Oaktree Capital Management in its acquisition of Dayton Superior.
  • Macquarie Capital in its acquisition of Fox-Pitt Kelton Cochran Caronia Waller.
  • Bain Capital in its acquisition of the Bath & Kitchens division of American Standard.
  • ARYZTA AG in numerous acquisitions, including Fresh Start Bakeries, Great Kitchens, Pita Pan, Full Bloom, and Cloverhill Bake


  • Marlin Equity Partners in its sale of Palladium Energy Group, Inc.
  • Francisco Partners in its sale of Nextraq.
  • Nautic Partners in its sale of GCA Services Group.
  • Nautic Partners in its sale of Neptco Incorporated.
  • Macquarie Capital in its sale of Petermann Partners.
  • Madison Dearborn Partners in its sale of Team Health.
  • Madison Dearborn Partners in its sale of National Mentor.
  • in its going-private sale to Pearson Plc.
  • ARYZTA AG in the sale of its FIGS and Mixes Business.

​Growth Equity

  • Francisco Partners in its investment in CoverMyMeds.
  • Kennet Partners in its investment in ThinkHR.
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its investment in LLamasoft.
  • Accel Partners in its investment in

Prior to joining Fenwick, David was a partner at a large national law firm where he practiced corporate law with a focus on private equity transactions.​