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 >

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

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
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San Francisco, CA 94104

Seattle Office
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Jeffrey R. Vetter

Co-Chair, Securities & Corporate Finance

Partner, Corporate  

Mountain View 650.335.7631



Jeffrey Vetter concentrates his practice on public and private offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions, counseling public and late-stage private companies, and other securities law matters.

Jeff has worked on more than 75 IPOs during his career. His recent issuer-side initial public offerings include LendingClub, King Digital Entertainment, Workday, Facebook, Nimble Storage, Proofpoint, Marin Software and Responsys, as well as additional confidential offerings. Jeff also represents underwriters of numerous initial public offerings, including the initial public offerings of Tableau Software, Mobile Iron, Rocket Fuel, Veeva Systems, Jive Software, Fusion-io,, New Relic, Barracuda, and Omniture. He has experience with other public and private offerings of debt and equity securities and stock exchange listings, including the listing of SuccessFactors on the NYSE, NYSE Euronext and Frankfurt Stock Exchange, corporate governance matters and joint ventures.

Jeff's mergers and acquisitions experience includes transactions with total announced deal value well in excess of $40 billion, for transactions such as: Responsys’ $1.6 billion acquisition by Oracle, SuccessFactors’ $3.4 billion acquisition by SAP, SuccessFactors’ $290 million acquisition of Plateau Systems, Harmonic’s $274 million acquisition of Omneon, Postini’s $625 million acquisition by Google, VeriSign's $21 billion acquisition of Network Solutions and $1.2 billion acquisition of Illuminet Holdings, @Home Corporation's $6.7 billion acquisition of Excite, and a large number of other transactions involving public and/or private companies.

In 2015, Jeff was recommended by The Legal 500 and was named Capital Markets MVP by Law360 for his individual practice and role as co-chair of Fenwick’s corporate and securities practice. Jeff also appeared on the Daily Journal’s Top 100, the publication’s annual list of California’s leading attorneys. Jeff was named a 2012 Attorney of the Year by The Recorder and is listed in Chambers USA for capital markets: debt & equity, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for securities and capital markets law and is repeatedly selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication. He was also named one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal (2013).

Prior to joining Fenwick & West in 1995, Jeff represented public companies and financial institutions in a wide range of corporate finance, lending and merger and acquisition transactions.