For more than four decades, Fenwick & West 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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Mountain View, CA (February 6, 2013) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that World Trademark Review 1000 has once again honored the firm as a leading trademark practice, both nationally and in California. The firm received the highest possible ranking in California for both trademark prosecution and trademark litigation.
Fenwick Trademark Chair Sally Abel, who focuses on international trademark and trade name counseling, is nationally ranked in the first tier for her prosecution and strategy work. According to the guide, Abel’s clients say that she is “fantastically talented.”
Partner Andrew P. Bridges is ranked in the first tier in California as well as recognized nationally for enforcement and litigation. The guide calls him “very smart, very skilled and at the vanguard of trademark litigation.”
Trademark Litigation Chair Jed Wakefield is highly ranked in California for enforcement and litigation. According to WTR, he “consistently secures first-rate results.”
WTR also recognizes partner Connie Ellerbach for her prosecution and strategy practice, saying that she has “particular expertise in assisting fledgling companies in the selection and management of their marques, but also aids larger, more established organizations.”
About World Trademark Review 1000
WTR 1000 conducts an exhaustive qualitative research project over a four-month period in order to identify and rank the firms and individuals that provide unparalleled trademark services. This third edition of the WTR 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice.
About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. Fenwick is committed to providing innovative, cost-effective and practical legal services that focus on global technology industries and issues. We have built internationally-recognized practices in a wide spectrum of tax, litigation, corporate and IP areas. We have also received praise for our innovative use of technology, our pro bono work and diversity efforts. We differentiate ourselves by having a deep understanding of our clients' technologies, industry environments and business needs.