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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 >

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

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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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Laird H. Simons III

Partner Emeritus, Corporate  

Mountain View 650.335.7233

Overview

Laird Simons was Chair of the Securities Group for 18 years, member of the Executive Committee for eight years and Managing Partner for four years at Fenwick & West LLP. The firm specializes in a full array of services to high technology companies, including Internet companies, computer software and electronics corporations, telecommunications companies, semiconductor manufacturers and medical device and life sciences companies. Laird concentrates his practice in initial public offerings (for both domestic and foreign corporations), follow-on offerings for already public companies and ongoing securities advice and counseling for public companies.

Laird has worked on more than 80 initial public offerings for a wide range of high technology companies, including:

  • @Home Corporation
  • Alliance Semiconductor Corporation
  • Autoweb.com, Inc.
  • Broadbase Software, Inc.
  • Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
  • CardioGenesis Corporation
  • Cooper & Chyan Technology, Inc.
  • eBay Inc.
  • Edify Corporation
  • Elantec Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Electronic Arts
  • ESS Technology, Inc.
  • Exodus Communications, Inc.
  • Genelabs Technologies, Inc.
  • Glu Mobile Inc.
  • GoRemote Internet Communications, Inc.
  • Green Dot Corporation
  • HNC Software, Inc.
  • Information Storage Devices, Inc.
  • Insignia Solutions Inc.
  • Integrated Systems, Inc.
  • Infoblox Inc.
  • Intuit Inc.
  • Macromedia, Inc.
  • Macrovision Corporation
  • NetScreen Technologies, Inc.
  • Oak Technology, Inc.
  • Ocular Sciences, Inc.
  • ONSALE, Inc.
  • Oracle Systems Corporation
  • Prism Solutions, Inc.
  • Sierra On-Line, Inc.
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Talarian Corporation
  • Technology Modeling Associates, Inc.
  • The 3DO Company
  • VeriSign, Inc.
  • VERITAS Software Corporation
  • Versant Object Technology Corporation

He has also worked on more than 40 follow-on offerings for the above and other companies.

Laird has represented a number of underwriters, including Cowen & Company, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, Deutsche Bank Securities, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Goldman Sachs & Co., Hambrecht & Quist, J. P. Morgan Securities Inc., Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, Needham & Company, Piper Jaffray & Co., RBC Capital Markets and Robertson Stephens, in initial public offerings and follow-on offerings for companies such as DemandTec, Omniture, O2Micro, Pixar and SolarWinds.

He has co-chaired the Practising Law Institute's multi-city program on initial public offerings for 20 years and is a regular speaker on a variety of securities topics.

Laird's accolades include:

  • Silicon Valley “Lawyer of the Year” in Securities/Capital Markets Law, Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Top Securities Attorney, Best Lawyers, 2006-2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, Securities and Corporate Finance, 2004, 2006-2014
  • America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA, 2001, 2003-2006
  • Best Corporate Lawyers in America, Corporate Counsel, 2006
  • Silicon Valley's Top Lawyers, San Jose Magazine, 2003
  • One of 12 Dealmakers of the Year, The American Lawyer, 1999