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 >

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:

  • Nearly 15 percent of Fenwick partners named America's Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and Chambers Global
  • Selected as a "Go-To" law firm by in-house legal departments at Fortune 500 companies in Corporate Counsel magazine
  • Named to The National Law Journal's inaugural "Intellectual Property Hot List" for outstanding patent, copyright, trademark and IP litigation services


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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Robert D. Brownstone

Co-Chair, Electronic Information Management

Technology and eDiscovery Counsel, Litigation

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Robert Brownstone advises clients on electronic discovery, electronic information management, retention/destruction policies and protocols, information-security and privacy. Both in depositions and at trials, Bob has handled direct-testimony and cross-examination of expert witnesses as to electronically stored information (ESI) and computer-forensics. He also collaborates with clients as to computer solutions enabling compliance with legal obligations.

A nationally recognized expert on electronic information, Bob has authored over 50 articles on law and technology issues and has been featured in over 50 media outlets. He has delivered over 260 presentations on the following topics: 

  • Compliance
  • Data & Document Retention/Destruction
  • eDiscovery/Electronic Information Management (EIM)
  • Electronically Stored Information (ESI), Privacy and/or Social-Media in the Workplace
  • Information Security Obligations - Compliance by Law Firms and Corporate Law Departments
  • Intellectual Property (IP) as Valuable Business Assets
  • Legal Writing
  • Metadata Concerns For Litigators, Corporate Attorneys and Non-Lawyers
  • Virtual Meetings

View a complete list of Bob's featured videos, publications, press coverage and speaking engagements.

He teaches Electronic Discovery Law & Process annually at the University of San Francisco School (USF) and University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Schools of Law and has also taught it at Santa Clara Law.

Bob is a member of four state bars (including California and New York) and is a Past Chair of the executive committee of the State Bar of California's Law Practice Management and Technology (LPMT) Section. He serves on the Advisory Board of the National Employment Law Institute (NELI). In 2006, Bob was named a Northern California Super Lawyer and featured in a cover sory of ABA's Law Practice Magazine.

Before joining Fenwick & West in 2000, Bob had a varied 13-year career as a litigator, law school administrator, law school teacher and consultant. From 1995 to 2000, Bob was the Moot Court Program Coordinator at the University of San Francisco School of Law. During the 1997-98 school year, he also acted as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Legal Research & Writing at JFKU School of Law in Walnut Creek, California. From 1992 to 2000, Bob taught Legal Research Writing & Analysis at USF Law.

Between 1990 and 1995, Bob had key roles in some publicized cases. From 1986 to 1990, when Bob practiced in New York, he was on plaintiffs' counsel's team in the civil suit against Claus von Bulow and on Lowell Milken's defense team in multiple Drexel Burnham Lambert matters.


About Robert