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 >

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About Our Corporate Social Responsibility Practice

Fenwick & West advises clients with respect to corporate social responsibility-related legal requirements and the implementation of effective and legally-compliant CSR policies and practices.

While many organizations have long been committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), emerging CSR-related legal requirements are prompting many companies to reexamine existing policies in light of such requirements and/or build-out new policies that incorporate and respond to these developments. Technology and life sciences companies are in many cases uniquely at risk for noncompliance and must address the difficult task of integrating these legal considerations into existing and often disparate CSR-related operational policies.

Whether you already have a CSR program in place or are interested in developing a new CSR program, our experienced team of professionals can advise you in your efforts to create a coherent and consistent enterprise-wide program that fully addresses existing legal requirements and other guidance, including:

  • The SEC Conflict Minerals rule
  • The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
  • SEC interpretive guidance related to climate risk disclosure in ’34 Act reporting
  • SEC staff disclosure guidance related to cyber security risk disclosure in ’34 Act reporting
  • Guidance regarding material sustainability disclosures in ’34 Act reporting

What You Can Expect with Fenwick on Your Team

A Leading Provider of CSR-Related Legal Services to Technology and Life Sciences Companies

Fenwick is the first and only legal adviser focused on technology and life sciences companies with a dedicated CSR practice. With a long history of pioneering legal work for these industries, Fenwick established its CSR practice to meet the growing need of its clients for CSR-related legal services.

An Experienced Team of CSR Professionals

Our CSR team has lectured, written, and advised major technology companies on CSR-related matters. Some of the companies our team advises include Actions Semiconductor, Amazon, Cepheid, Cisco Systems, Cray, Dexcom, Fortinet, Imperva, Marvell Semiconductor, Meru Networks, ShoreTel, Silicon Image, Spansion, Spreadtrum Communications, Symantec, Synopsys and Vocera Communications.

A Firm that is Committed to Corporate Social Responsibility

From our founding in 1972, Fenwick has demonstrated a strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. From our extensive community and pro bono work, to our award-winning sustainability programs, Fenwick’s internal CSR efforts further qualifies our attorneys to provide practical, actionable CSR-related legal guidance.

Take Action

If you have questions regarding your existing CSR program, are interested in implementing a new CSR program, or need help complying with new CSR-related legal requirements, please contact Ashley Conrad Walter at (206) 389-4556 or