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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Cindy Hess Named Top Woman Lawyer in California

​Mountain View, CA (May 9, 2013) – Fenwick & West partner Cindy Hess was selected for inclusion in Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. Out of hundreds of submissions, editors recognized women leaders with a history of excellence in their practice “having a broad impact on the legal community, the nation and society.” Co- chair of Fenwick’s start-ups and venture capital group, Hess is one of only a small group of corporate attorneys on the list.

Hess represents a wide range of high-technology companies, from sought-after emergent companies developing disruptive technologies to established technology stalwarts. In an accompanying profile, she tells the Daily Journal that she sees herself as a “general counsel” to her clients.

"What's cool and fun is that I get to be more than just a legal counselor,” she says. “In most cases, I am viewed as a trusted adviser in other ways."

Hess likes to know all facets of her clients’ business – clients that include some of the hottest and most innovative companies in the mobile, video, SaaS and social media spaces like GoPro, Gigya, Nextdoor,, YouSendit and YuMe.

"For virtually all of my clients, I attend board meetings – not as a member, but as an observer. I hear what's going on in the business and can use that knowledge to better advise my clients and help them see issues before they become problems,” she said.

Most recently, Hess has developed a “successful niche” working with companies in Israel. Co-chair of Fenwick’s Israel practice group, Hess says similar to Silicon Valley, Israel is a “hot bed of startup companies, with a great entrepreneurial culture.”

In June, she will travel to the region as part of a trip sponsored by the California Israel Chamber of Commerce with a delegation of lawyers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to meet with business leaders.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies at every stage of their lifecycle. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions for established and emerging companies on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders.