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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James D. Evans

Partner, Corporate  

Seattle | Mountain View | New York 206.389.4559 (SEA) 650.335.7941 (MV)


James Evans focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, representing technology and life sciences companies of international prominence in a wide range of corporate matters. He has extensive experience in capital markets transactions and has represented issuers, underwriters and other parties in a variety of public and private offerings of both equity and debt securities, including some of the most high-profile technology public offerings in history. In the past three years, Jamie has led or co-led more than 15 public offerings that have raised over $24 billion of aggregate proceeds. In addition, Jamie regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions and related securities law issues and provides ongoing advice to both public and private companies on general corporate compliance, SEC reporting and governance issues.

Jamie is active in the Seattle and Silicon Valley business communities, regularly speaking on corporate finance topics, including initial public offerings, other corporate finance and capital formation issues and SEC regulation. Super Lawyers magazine named him a "Rising Star" in 2012. In 2014, Jamie was named among the top attorneys in the United States under the age of 40 by Law360.

Jamie began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he focused primarily on public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Representative initial public offerings have included:

  • ​ProNAi Therapeutics’ $158.4 million initial public offering
  • Fitbit’s $732 million initial public offering​
  • New Relic’s $115 million initial public offering​
  • LendingClub’s $1 billion initial public offering
  • Facebook’s $16 billion initial public offering
  • King Digital Entertainment’s $499.5 million initial public offering (and its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision Blizzard)
  • Veeva Systems’ $300 million initial public offering
  • Tableau Software’s $292 million initial public offering
  • Fusion-io’s $268 million initial public offering
  • Green Dot’s $188 million initial public offering
  • Jive Software’s $185 million initial public offering
  • Model N’s $120 million initial public offering
  • Rocket Fuel’s $116 million initial public offering
  • New Relic’s $115 million initial public offering
  • Zillow’s $79 million initial public offering
  • Boingo Wireless’ $77 million initial public offering
  • Trupanion’s $71.3 million initial public offering

Representative other capital markets transactions have included:

  • Fitbit’s $493 million follow-on offering​
  • Facebook’s $3.8 billion follow-on offering
  • Symantec’s $1.1 billion senior notes offering
  • Tableau Software’s $575 million follow-on offering
  • Zillow’s $473 million follow-on offering
  • Rocket Fuel’s $350 million follow-on offering
  • Fusion-io’s $291 million follow-on offering
  • Green Dot’s $260 million follow-on offering
  • Zillow’s $197 million follow-on offering
  • Extreme Network’s $100 million tender offer
  • ZymoGenetics’ $96.6 million follow-on offering
  • OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals’ $57 million shelf offering
  • DexCom’s $48 million public offering
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