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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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Corporate Social Responsibility is Now Legal

Headlines are rife with firms that are “going green” and otherwise incorporating corporate social responsibility (CSR) into their business practices. Businesses are increasingly recognizing not only the tactical advantages of CSR, but are also treating it as a strategic priority critical to the future success of their enterprises. For example, KPMG has found that 83 percent of people surveyed trust a firm more if it is socially responsible. Investors are also responding to the changing marketplace, with one dollar out of every nine dollars under professional management in the United States now involving an element of “socially responsible investment.” In response, the Economist Intelligence Unit has found that CSR has risen sharply in global executives’ priorities. Yet until relatively recently, although many firms took advantage of tax-related and other marketplace incentives for greening their operations and supply chains, regulatory compliance was not high on the list of forces shaping the CSR movement. That is now changing.

Although a growing number of firms have been adopting CSR programs and policies over the course of the last decade as voluntary measures with reference to various rationales, we are now witnessing a transition from voluntary CSR measures to hard law by means of the codification of CSR-related societal norms and the advent of CSR-related law and regulations in the United States and around the globe. From the SEC’s conflict minerals rules, to California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act, to the recently adopted European Union directive requiring nearly 7,000 companies in the EU to report on non-financial sustainability matters—it is impossible to ignore the fact that CSR is now inherently legal.

This article was first published in Business Law Today and written in conjunction with Scott J. Shackelford, assistant professor of business law and ethics, Indiana University.​