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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Emmett C. Stanton

Partner Emeritus, Litigation  

Mountain View 650.335.7175


Emmett Stanton focuses his practice on the litigation and trial of complex business and commercial disputes, including intellectual property, antitrust and unfair competition, trade secrets and shareholder and securities litigation. He has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including computer hardware and software, electronic commerce, medical devices, and manufacturing and industrial equipment. In 2013, Fenwick’s Securities Litigation team was named “Securities Litigation Department of the Year” by The Recorder over 20 other California firms.

Emmett clerked for two years for a United States District Judge in San Francisco and practiced for 18 years with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop) before joining Fenwick & West.

His recent trial experience includes the following:

The defense of a $10+ million punitive damages claim against a parent corporation allegedly liable for actions at its subsidiary in a 12-week trial.

The prosecution of claims arising out of a software development and licensing agreement in an 8-week trial.

The defense of a corporation and its founder against claims to an equity ownership interest by a former executive in a 3-week trial.

Representative Experience — Emmett has been lead counsel in the following representative matters:

Intellectual Property:

Defense of copyright claims brought by twenty-eight television and motion picture companies against manufacturer of new digital video recorder.

Defense of copyright and trademark claims brought against winery that licensed the likenesses of retired professional football players.

Defense of consumer electronics company against claims challenging inventorship rights in patented technology.

Antitrust and Unfair Competition:

Defense of price-fixing class actions involving carpets and paper products.

Defense of the investor group that retained the Major League Giants in San Francisco against antitrust and contract interference claims in excess of $3 billion.

Defense of below-cost pricing claims in a 3-month trial.

Trade Secrets:

Defense of trade secret misappropriation claims brought against a financial software company and its employees, including two successful TROs and two successful preliminary injunction motions.

Defense of technical trade secret misappropriation claims brought against an electronic device manufacturer.

Defense of consumer electronics company against claims that it misappropriated trade secrets during its pre-hiring interviews.

Shareholder and Securities Litigation:

Defense of a medical device manufacturer against securities fraud class action and shareholders derivative suits arising out of merger.

Defense of industrial services company against securities fraud class action arising out of its IPO.

Defense of a financial services company and its directors against proxy and related corporate control litigation.