Welcome to Fenwick & West
Firm: Fenwick & West is a firm of approximately 300 attorneys.
We provide a full range of legal services, with a special emphasis on the legal and business issues facing technology companies. Our clients range from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to companies from inception throughout the life of the corporation.
Mission: Our primary mission is to form effective partnerships with our clients and to provide our legal services with superior client service. Many of our clients have exceeded their own expectations in creating and building successful enterprises we strive to do the same in the lawyering we provide for our clients. It is important to our practice that we not only provide first-rate innovative legal services, but that we also serve as effective business partners with our clients.
History: Established in the heart of Silicon Valley in 1972, the firm was founded by four visionary attorneys who moved to Palo Alto to establish a practice in the geographic area they believed was destined to become the technology epicenter. The Firm's history is inextricably entwined with the growth of technology in Silicon Valley: Fenwick & West incorporated Apple Computer in 1976 and took Oracle public in 1986. Since then, the firm has represented leading technology companies and underwriters in numerous high profile IPOs and led many landmark M&A transactions including the largest Internet merger in history (VeriSign's $21 billion acquisition of Network Solutions) and the largest software merger in history (Symantec's $13 billion acquisition of VERITAS). Our intellectual property practice is continuously on the cutting edge of legal issues arising from emerging technologies, from the pioneering of shrinkwrap license agreements in the 1970s, to the creation of software development clean rooms in the 1980s, to being one of the first firms to advise and litigate numerous Internet-related IP issues that arose in the 1990s, including privacy, digital copyright, software patent and domain name issues. Among many other notable technology lawsuits, the Firm's litigators successfully defended Amazon.com's 1-ClickŪ patent just in time for the 1999 holiday shopping season and successfully defended Elan Pharmaceuticals' patents on transgenic mice.
Fenwick & West is the second largest law firm in Silicon Valley (San Francisco Business Times), the second most profitable law firm in the Bay Area (San Francisco Daily Journal) and the 15th largest law firm in California (California Law Business). In addition, the Firm's practice groups are continually ranked among the top in the United States, including one of only eight "first-tier" U.S. law firms in tax in 2008 (International Tax Review), the top law firm in the United States for technology sector mergers and acquisitions (MergerMarket), the fourth most active U.S. law firm in helping IT client raise venture capital (Dow Jones), one of the top five West Coast firms in both IP litigation and IP protection (Managing Intellectual Property), and one of the top ten Computer/Software patent law firms in the United States (PatentRatings LLC). Recently, Vault ranked Fenwick the number 3 technology firm, and among the 100 most prestigious firms in the nation. The firm was recently awarded Tax Litigation Firm of the Year for the Americas and Tax Firm of the Year for San Francisco by (International Tax Review).
Areas of Practice: Our practice includes: antitrust and unfair competition, appellate, complex business litigation, copyright, corporate and securities, employment and labor, executive compensation and benefits, intellectual property, IP litigation, life sciences, mergers and acquisitions, patent prosecution, privacy and information security, securities litigation, start-ups and venture capital, domestic and international tax, tax controversies, technology transactions, and trademark.