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
12th 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

James P. Fuller

Partner, Tax  

Mountain View 650.335.7205


Jim Fuller is a partner in the Tax Group at Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, California. Euromoney named Fuller seven times as one of the world’s top 25 tax advisers.

He is the only U.S. tax adviser to receive a Chambers star performer rating (higher than first tier) in Chambers USA (2016). He also is one of the three “most highly regarded” U.S. tax practitioners according to Who’s Who Legal (Law & Business Research Ltd 2015).

Fuller is the only U.S. tax advisor in Tier 1 for both Corporate Tax and International Tax according to Chambers Global (2016). The Corporate Tax Tier 1 category has ten U.S. persons; International Tax Tier 1 has six.

He also is one the U.S.’s top 30 transfer-pricing advisors, according to Euromoney (2016).

Ten Fenwick tax partners have appeared in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Tax Advisors, seven appear in ITR’s World’s Tax Controversy Leaders and five have appeared in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisors.

Fenwick & West LLP has represented 6 of the Fortune Top 10 companies, over 50 of the Fortune 100 companies, and over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies in federal tax matters. Fuller and his firm have served as counsel in over 150 large corporate IRS Appeals proceedings and over 70 large-corporate federal tax court cases. Some of these have been for Fortune Top 10 companies.

Fenwick is first tier in Tax Planning, Tax Transactional, World Tax and Transfer Pricing, according to International Tax Review. Only 4 U.S. law firms are first tier in each of these surveys/publications.

International Tax Review named Fenwick & West "Tax Firm of the Year for the San Francisco Area” eight times in the past 11 years and “U.S. (or Americas) Tax Litigation Firm of the Year” three times.

In 2016, Fenwick also was named U.S. West Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year. These awards were given at ITR’s very well-attended black-tie awards dinners in New York City. All of the big U.S. law and accounting firms attend these dinners.

Fenwick also was named “Americas M&A Tax Firm of the Year” at one of these dinners, and in 2014-2016 Fenwick received a number of ITR’s M&A Tax Deal of the Year awards. Three of these awards involved inversions. In 2015, Fenwick received ITR’s Joint Venture of the Year award for Symphony Communications, a JV in which 13 major NY banks were involved.