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


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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Lauren E. Whittemore

Associate, Litigation  

San Francisco 415.875.2360


Lauren Whittemore focuses her practice on patent litigation matters. Lauren has represented software and hardware companies in cases involving mobile gaming apps, secure email delivery, wide area network optimization, eCommerce applications, motion sensors, product activation software, and intimate lifestyle products.

Notable experience:

  • Represented Supercell Oy, maker of the popular mobile game “Clash of Clans” in two separate patent infringement suits in the District of Delaware. In both cases, Lauren successfully brought motions to dismiss for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter, securing an early and efficient resolution of each lawsuit. In the second of these cases, Lauren also represented, and obtained the same result for, mobile game makers Rovio, ngmoco, and Glu Mobile.
  • Won a jury verdict in favor of Silver Peak Systems against competitor Riverbed Technology in the District of Delaware. Riverbed initiated the suit, alleging infringement of five Riverbed patents. The jury found that both Silver Peak patents were infringed, and sustained the validity of the one Silver Peak patent that had been challenged on that basis.
  • Successfully transferred years-long suit from Southern District of Texas to Northern District of California, gaining critical settlement leverage over competitor.
  • Successfully appealed an International Trade Commission decision in what Law360 called "a precedential decision" in a patent infringement suit over what constitutes a "domestic industry" under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

Prior to attending law school Lauren worked at several start-ups as a programmer, including developing Java-based web applications for e-commerce websites and wireless application software.

While attending the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Lauren was co-editor-in-chief of the Hastings Women’s Law Journal. ​