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

Saundra L. M. Riley

Counsel, Litigation  

Mountain View 650.335.7170


Saundra Riley is an experienced employment law advisor and advocate who partners with stakeholders to develop practical business solutions that mitigate legal risk. Her practice concentrates on employment counseling and litigation, and litigation of employment-related intellectual property disputes.

In her employment counseling practice, Saundra advises employers about trade secret protection and employee mobility issues, leaves of absence, employee terminations, reductions in force, employee privacy and investigations, employment contracts and invention assignment agreements, wage and hour issues, company handbooks and policies, and many other personnel issues. Additionally, Saundra regularly provides management and employee training on topics such as harassment prevention, investigations, and wage and hour compliance, and speaks and writes on a variety of employment law subjects, including for the Employer Resource Institute (including in the California Employer Advisor), the Business and Legal Resources, and the Business Law News (of the Business Law Section, State Bar of California).​

In her employment litigation practice, Saundra defends employers against claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; wage and hour and California Labor Code violations; unfair competition and trade secret violations; breach of contract; and many other claims in state and federal court and before state and federal agencies.

In 2014, Saundra was recognized as a Rising Star in employment law by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine. She has served on the Executive Committee for the Labor and Employment Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association since 2010, and is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers having formerly served on its Leadership Development Committee.

During her studies at Hastings, Saundra earned Best Overall Advocate for her participation in the Snodgrass Competition and competed as a member of the Hastings National Moot Court Competition Team.

Representative Publications and Seminars:

  • The Most Significant Employment Law Developments of 2015: What They Mean for Your Business in 2016,” Fenwick & West LLP, 2016, Co-Author and Co-Presenter.
  • "Top Legal Pitfalls Hiring Managers Make Along the Employment Lifecycle," LinkedIn, 2015, Presenter.
  • "No-Accrual Time Off Policies: Assessing Fit and Function," NCHRA, HR West, 2015, Co-Presenter.
  • The Most Significant Employment Law Developments of 2013: What They Mean for Your Business in 2014,” Fenwick & West LLP, 2014, Co-Author and Co-Presenter.
  • “Social Media Policies and the NLRB: What Employers Need to Know,” Fenwick & West LLP, 2013, Co-Author.
  • “Commissions: Drafting and Enforcing Commission Plans in California,” Fenwick & West LLP, 2013, Co-Presenter.
  • “Leaves of Absence – Interplay, Peculiarities and Pitfalls of Taking or Giving Time Off Under California Employment Law,” Santa Clara County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2013, Co-Presenter.
  • “Protecting Confidential Information from the Revolving Door of Competitor Hiring,” Daily Labor Report, 2011, Author. 
  • “Navigating the Legal Maze:  Leaves of Absence and the Disabled Worker,” California Employment Law Council, 2011, Co-Author and Co-Presenter.
  • “Employment Law Mock Trial:  Getting Behind Closed Doors,” Santa Clara County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2011, Program Committee Co-Chair.
  • “Ringing in the New Year with New Liability:  Annual Employment Law Update,” Santa Clara County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2011, Co-Author and Co-Presenter.
  • "Preventing Sexual Harassment," Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Breakfast Briefing Series, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, Co-Presenter.
  • "Employee Use of Mobile Devices: Best Practices re: Policy Drafting, Enforcement & Legal Compliance," Avant Resources, 2010, Presenter.
  • "Government-Issued Phones: Stay in Compliance with Effective Policies," Progressive Business Audio Conferences, 2010, Co-Presenter.
  • "Preserving Trade Secrets in California: Best Practices," Business Law News, Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, Issue Two, 2009, Co-Author.
  • "Summary of Covenants Not to Compete: A Global Perspective," Tech Law Group, 2009, Co-Author of Chapters on California, Arizona, and Montana Law.
  • "Wage and Hour: Expert Tips on Self-Auditing Exempt Classifications," California Employer Advisor, Employer Resource Institute, 2009, Co-Author.
  • "Leaves of Absence: Navigating the Legal Maze," Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Breakfast Briefing Series, 2009, 2006, Co-Presenter and Co-Author.
  • "Strategies to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Harassment," Employer Resource Institute, 2009, Co-Presenter.
  • "Hiring and Firing," Northern California Human Resources Association, Santa Clara County Chapter, 2008, Presenter.
  • "Internal Investigations," Business and Legal Reports, 2008, Co-Presenter.
  • "Managing the Disabled in the California Workforce," California Employment Law Council, 2008, Co-Author of Seminar Materials.
  • "The Most Important Employment Law Developments in 2007, What They Mean for Your Business in 2008," Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Annual Update, 2008, Co-Author of Seminar Materials.
  • "A Toolkit for Managing the FMLA," Council on Education in Management, 2007, 2006, Presenter and Author of Supplemental Materials.
  • "Ethical Limits on the Use of Private Investigators in Litigation," Fenwick & West IP and Technology Group Annual Seminar, 2007, Co-Author of Seminar Materials.
  • "ADA Compliance Update," National Employment Law Institute, 2006, Co-Author of Seminar Materials.
  • "Employers' and Employees' Rights in the World of Blogs," Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Breakfast Briefing Series, 2005, Co-Presenter and Co-Author.
  • "Preventing the 'New Breed' of Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Claims," Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group Breakfast Briefing Series, 2004, Co-Presenter.
  • Co-Editor and Contributing Author: Fenwick Employment Briefs (