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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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Ralph M. Pais

Partner, Technology Transactions  

San Francisco 650.335.7148

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Ralph Pais has extensive experience counseling clients at all stages of their growth in the commercialization of their intellectual property and associated business transactions. He has helped develop model agreements and negotiated complex licensing, distribution, and other commercial agreements for software, SaaS, media, semiconductor, life sciences, and medical device companies. Ralph is also deeply involved in the intellectual property and commercial contract aspects of the firm’s M&A practice. He has worked on numerous Dropbox acquisitions, more than 50 Facebook acquisitions, as well as other buy-side transactions, as well as numerous sell side matters, including the sale of Cepheid to Danaher, sale of Jet.com to WalMart, sale of Quip to salesforce.com and sale of Responsys to Oracle.

In addition to his legal practice, Ralph founded and ran the firms interim staffing business FLEXbyFenwick​ for more than 5 years, as well as developed the firm’s DMR program, an internal discovery and diligence team. He is involved in other aspects of innovation within the firm focusing on means to develop new or improved ways of delivering clients services to address their needs.

Ralph is also responsible for the firm’s professional development program and coordinating and expanding its international activities. Ralph served as one of the firm’s managing partners in 2004 and 2005.

Ralph previously served as Consul of the Netherlands for Northern California for 16 years, was general counsel to a privately-owned food supplement and cosmetics company, and taught courses on negotiations and advanced negotiations at Stanford Law School from 2001 to 2011 and a course on legal issues for entrepreneurs at the San Francisco campus of the Wharton School during in 2011.​​