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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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Stephen D. Gillespie

Partner, Technology Transactions  

San Francisco 415.875.2421

Overview

Stephen Gillespie provides strategic and legal advice to software, new media and technology companies. He helps his clients build and protect their value through careful management of the legal and intellectual property aspects of their key transactions. He structures, drafts, and negotiates mission critical agreements, including national and international development and distribution agreements, licenses, strategic alliances, and business process outsourcing transactions. He also manages the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including as lead outside IP counsel on acquisitions for Cisco, Symantec, Electronic Arts and other acquirers. In addition, he has significant experience in cloud/SaaS and open source business models and export control regulations.

Among his recent clients are:

  • Enterprise Software/Infrastructure: Cisco; Symantec; American Express; Interwoven; The TriZetto Group; Barclays Capital (BlackRock); Concur; Splunk
  • Entertainment Software: Electronic Arts; Cryptic Studios; Robot Entertainment; Stormfront Studios; XPD Media
  • Mobile Content/New Media: Skype; Qik; Glu Mobile; VeriSign/Jamster (joint venture with 20th Century Fox); MobiTV; Rhythm NewMedia; SendMe Mobile; Chordiant
  • Cloud/SaaS and Open Source: SuccessFactors; Adaptive Planning; MySQL; Splunk; POTI (Songbird); Medsphere Systems

Stephen has been a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property issues in mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, cloud computing, and open source business models:

  • "Intellectual Property Issues in Merger and Acquisition Agreements," in Intellectual Property in Business Transactions(CEB 2008)
  • "Losing Control: Indirect Sales Strategies and Unauthorized Distribution of Software" in 4 World Licensing Law Report No. 6, (June 2002).