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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David K. Michaels

Partner, Corporate  

Mountain View 650.335.7258



David Michaels concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt financings and other strategic and financing transactions. He has nearly 30 years of experience representing companies in a broad range of transactions and industries.

David represents clients in complex strategic transactions and acquisitions, including public company mergers and tender offers, private company acquisitions and joint ventures. His M&A experience includes a number of cross-border transactions involving clients based in China, Japan, Singapore, Europe and Israel, and includes transactions in the technology, life sciences and digital entertainment industries. David also counsels companies and their boards on corporate governance and shareholder activist matters.

Recent acquisition transactions include:

  • Multiple transactions for Symantec, including its $7.4B sale of its information management business to The Carlyle Group, its $4.65B acquisition of Blue Coat Systems, its $2.3B acquisition of LifeLock and related financing transactions
  • King Digital Entertainment’s $5.9B acquisition by Activision Blizzard
  • Shanghai Giant Network Technology and consortium of investors in its $4.4B acquisition of CIE's Playtika
  • Giant Interactive Group’s $3B going-private acquisition by a private-equity backed consortium
  • Infoblox's $1.6B acquisition by Vista Equity Partners
  • Spreadtrum Communications’ $1.78B acquisition by Tsinghua Unigroup
  • Ocular Sciences’ $1.2B acquisition by The Cooper Companies
  • Singapore Telecommunications’ $810M acquisition of Trustwave and $321M acquisition of Amobee
  • Interwoven’s $775M acquisition by Autonomy
  • Flextronics International’s $2.4B acquisition of Dii Group, its $725M acquisition of Nortel Networks; and dozens of other acquisitions for Flextronics
  • Connetics’ $640M acquisition by Steifel Laboratories
  • Electronic Arts’ $680M acquisition of JAMDAT Mobile; and a number of other acquisitions for EA
  • Silicon Image’s $600B acquisition by Lattice Semiconductor
  • Dragonplay’s $100B acquisition by Bally Technologies
  • RAE Systems’ going-private acquisition by Vector Capital
  • Peplin’s $287B acquisition by LEO Pharma
  • Shutterfly's acquisition of MyPublisher and BorrowLenses
  • FanDuel's acquisition of AlphaDraft and numberFire

David has played a lead role in a number of capital markets and debt financing transactions.

Recent capital markets and debt financing transactions include:

  • Cisco Systems’ $8B debt offering and $4B debt offering
  • Public debt offerings for Agilent, Intuit and Symantec
  • Convertible debt offerings by Amyris, Cepheid, Concur, Proofpoint, ServiceNow, Symantec and Workday
  • Syndicated credit facilities for Agilent, Airbnb, Chegg, Cisco Systems, Dropbox, Diamond Foods, Fitbit, GoPro, Intuit, LendingClub, Symantec, Turn Networks, VeriSign and Flextronics

David also has significant experience with a wide range of derivative transactions.

During law school, he served as an editor of the Cornell Law Review.