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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 >

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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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Sebastian E. Kaplan

Associate, Litigation  

San Francisco 415.875.2477

Overview

Sebastian Kaplan litigates high-stakes intellectual property disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He also defends technology innovators from privacy and false advertising class actions.

Mr. Kaplan writes and speaks frequently on issues concerning trademark litigation and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Mr. Kaplan is an active member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”). In 2013, he served as the President of the Barristers Club. He sits on the BASF Intellectual Property Section Executive Committee and was the Chair of the Barristers Club Professional Development Section.

Mr. Kaplan also serves as the Vice-President of the Wesleyan Lawyers Association and is the Regional Representative for Wesleyan University in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Before joining Fenwick & West, Mr. Kaplan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carlos T. Bea in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Kaplan began his clerkship after practicing litigation in the San Francisco office of Heller Ehrman LLP.

Representative Engagements

Sebastian has been a key member of teams that have:

  • Favorably resolved a software copyright dispute against a software developer and numerous customer defendants
  • Won provisional relief to enjoin efforts to gather competitive intelligence and trade secret information through pretexting and corporate espionage
  • Favorably resolved a breach of contract action regarding a licensing dispute between biotech companies

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • “The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Since U.S. v. Nosal”, Bar Association of San Francisco, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 1, 2013 | San Francisco
  • “IP Bytes: Hot Topics in Trademark Law”, Bar Association of San Francisco, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, July 18, 2013 | San Francisco
  • “What’s On Deck at the Supreme Court”, Eighth Annual IP and Technology Litigation MCLE Event, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, January 31, 2013 | Mountain View
  • “Tips Every Associate Should Know”, Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, October 26, 2012 | San Francisco
  • “Judges Panel with Hon. Marsha Berzon, Hon. Jacqueline Corley, Hon. Maria Rivera, and Hon. Richard Kramer”, Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco’s 2012 Barristers Club Annual Meeting, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, October 26, 2012 | San Francisco
  • “Meeting Client Needs By Understanding What Clients Want”, American Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 2, 2012 | Chicago
  • “Friends or Frenemies? The Increasingly Important Legal Battle Over Social Data Extraction Tools”, American Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, June 19, 2012 | Webinar
  • “Theft of IP in the 21st Century: What IP Lawyers Need to Know”, Bar Association of San Francisco, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, June 5, 2012 | San Francisco
  • “Access Granted: US v. Nosal Narrows the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the Ninth Circuit”, Fenwick & West LLP Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, April 18, 2012 | San Francisco
  • “Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Developments”, Seventh Annual IP and Technology Litigation MCLE Event, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, January 26, 2012 | Mountain View
  • “Battles in Social Networking: Liability Issues Arising from New Social Networking Tools”, Bar Association of San Francisco, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, October 2011 | San Francisco
  • “Tips Every Associate Should Know”, Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco’s 2011 Barristers Club Annual Meeting, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, October 2011 | San Francisco
  • Facebook v. Power.com: Can Terms of Use Establish Criminal or Civil Liability?” Fenwick & West LLP Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups, November 2010 | San Francisco