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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Protect Your Privacy in the Information Age

May 27, 2009

Robert Brownstone, Law & Technology Director at Fenwick & West, was the featured guest during the hour-long KUCI radio show Protect Your Privacy in the Information Age.

Every organization can benefit from a set of compliance policies and procedures in place to manage sensitive information and employees' communications. Brownstone, described as the "Guru of Metadata" by radio show host Mari Frank, mentioned that every employer should strongly consider implementing these three programs: a confidentiality policy on the importance of keeping sensitive company, customer and staff information confidential and secure; an acceptable use policy detailing how employees should and should not use company-provided technology; and metadata-scrubbing software that will act as a gatekeeper for emails being sent with attachments.

To implement an effective compliance program, companies need to remember the three e's: establish, educate and enforce. Establishing the contours of confidentiality and privacy policies should be based in part upon a company's industry, size and optimum security level. Assessing these considerations before writing up a policy best enables the company to manage risk and avoid possible litigation. Education is the key step to implementing a policy; employees will take ownership of their information and communications via company-provided technology if they understand the privacy issues behind the policy. Lastly, company-wide enforcement of these policies can be buttressed by technology tools. Consistent enforcement protects information and the company itself from an employee claiming they were not aware of the privacy rules.

No matter what size, every business has sensitive information that deserves protection, Brownstone stresses. To protect information ranging from trade secrets to customers' confidences and identifying information to employees' health records, written policies, people-based processes and encryption software are necessary tools in this day and age.

To listen to the KUCI interview in its entirety, click here.