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Fenwick & West LLP

  • Designation: Mountain View, Calif.
  • Head Count: 248
  • Gross Revenues: $229,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $925,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,155,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 5

Fenwick & West is a Mountain View, California-based law firm. The firm ranked 131st on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 200 rankings of firms based on revenue with $206,500,000 in gross annual revenue for 2010. With 241 attorneys, the firm placed 173rd on The National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. Fenwick & West is a Silicon Valley law firm that specializes in providing legal services to high technology clients in new economy industries. The firm focuses on technology related issues in all six of its practice areas: intellectual property, corporate practice, litigation, tax practice, employment, and labor law. In addition to its Mountain View headquarters, Fenwick & West has offices in San Francisco, Boise, Idaho and Seattle, WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 126 5 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 166 7 Lawyer head count
The A-List 42 26 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 95 -16 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 10 -2 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 73 -73 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 93 -39 Summer programs

In the News

Data Security at Fore of Legal Tech Event

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

A Q&A with Fenwick & West CIO Matt Kesner on the ABA's 2014 technology conference in Chicago.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 31, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Grief for Google … Yee of little faith … Fenwick's best friend

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

A federal judge in San Francisco rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

On a Buying Spree, Facebook Turns to Fenwick for $2 Billion Virtual Reality Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Irvine-based Oculus VR tapped Bingham McCutchen for counsel.

In-House Counsel Profile: Adobe Systems Inc.'s Mike Dillon

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Mike Dillon joined Adobe in 2012, attracted by what he describes as its culture of creativity and openness. "I feel like one of the guys who goes to Reno and pulls the lever and hits five cherries," he said.

Secret Takedown Order in YouTube Case Sets Off Frenzy

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

The way Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski has handled the dispute over "Innocence of Muslims" has made the case a lightning rod—even on his own court.

Phone Makers Sued Over Carrier IQ Fight for Arbitration of Privacy Claims

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen must decide whether plaintiffs are bound by ADR agreements in their phone service contracts, which would knock the class action out of federal court.

Phone Makers Hope Carriers' ADR Clause Can Protect Them Too

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen will decide if privacy claims over tracking software are governed by a third-party arbitration agreement.

Another Disrupter Targets Legal Industry

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Palo Alto-based LawGives is the latest startup to challenge the traditional way that clients find lawyers—and the traditional fee structures.

Arguments Set on 'Knockout' to Phone-Tracking Suit

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Two years after a flood of lawsuits targeted its tracking software, Carrier IQ Inc. will argue in court next month to remove all the cases to arbitration.

Tech Docket Watch: S.F. Postpones Mandatory E-Filing

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

Meanwhile, Siri is vindicated, Obama gives ammo to patents, Facebook spends billions, and California democrats are antsy to push data breach laws.

After Last Year's Lag, Wilson's Partner Profits Rebound

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

New offices opened in SOMA and in Beijing in 2012 are now "firing on all cylinders," said comanaging partner John "Jack" Sheridan.

The TWC-Comcast Deal: Q&A with Fenwick's Mark Ostrau

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

The co-chairman of the firm's antitrust practice offers his take on the regulatory outlook for the $45 billion cable tie-up.

Move Fast and Call a Lawyer

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Ten years since Facebook's birth, its legal department still faces novel issues every day. And users don't always hit the "like" button.

Fenwick Sees Healthy Gains in Revenues, Profits

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

After a standout year in 2012, the Valley firm grew revenue another 5.8 percent, to $274.5 million—growth new firm chairman Richard Dickson attributes to strength in transactions, securities and IP litigation.

Sullivan, Fenwick Tapped for Zynga-NaturalMotion Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

Judge Allows Patent Action Against Apple to Proceed

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Northern District Magistrate Judge David Peebles ruled that discovery will proceed in a suit over Apple's Siri personal assistant technology. Apple had sought the stay while the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office weighed the company's petition for inter partes review.

Networking With Facebook's In-House Legal Team

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2014

Ten years since Facebook's birth, its legal department still faces novel issues every day. And users don't always hit the "like" button.

Fenwick's Michael Esquivel

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Workday Taps Fenwick for $614 Million Follow-On Offering

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The Careerist: Why Cooley is Cooler

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 13, 2014

Stephen Neal, the chairman of Cooley, dishes with The Careerist about his competitors, the type of hire who succeeds at his firm, and why his shop is one of the "nice" firms in Silicon Valley.

Leading M&A Transactions-Target or Acquirer Based in N.J.-2013

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Leading M&A transactions with the target or acquirer based in N.J. in 2013.

SEC Files Fraud Charges Against Diamond Foods

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Tech Sector Dealmaking a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Data shows that the tech sector was responsible for much of the global dealmaking activity last year and recently racked up nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Mergers, Acquisitions And a Pro Bono Deal

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Riding a Late-Year M&A Surge, 2013 Goes Out Like a Lion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Late-Year M&A Surge a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Data shows that mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. accounted for 43 percent of last year's global deal volume and that the nation's technology industry was responsible for much of the activity. The sector continued its dealmaking run over the past week with a batch of transactions that totaled nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Calif. Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

California-based managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

Law Firm Leaders Look Ahead to 2014

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Managing partners close the book on 2013 with some cause for optimism. Fenwick's Kathryn Fritz says clients are asking law firms to "reinvent themselves from within."

Nimble Storage Responds to Rival's Trade Secrets Suit

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 24, 2013

Cold Remedy: Am Law 100 Firms Load Up on Pharma M&A

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2013

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close. A bevy of Am Law 100 firms led by Covington, Kirkland, Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, and Weil have grabbed lead roles on the transactions.

In-House Counsel Profile: Sharon Zezima of Woodman Labs Inc.

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Woodman Labs Inc., doing business as GoPro, makes small, high-definition cameras used by surfers, skiers, athletes, firefighters and adventurers to record and share their feats. Since becoming GoPro's first general counsel in September, Sharon Zezima has added two attorneys, plus a contracts administrator.

Bus Takes Pro Bono Volunteers Where They're Needed Most

Lesley Guth : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

Fenwick, Facebook Reunite for Follow-On Offering

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

Edwards Wildman Helps Google Get Into Robots

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Military robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics tapped Edwards Wildman Palmer for counsel this week on its sale to Google for an undisclosed sum. The deal has the Internet, and even some late-night comedians, buzzing.

Fenwick Helps Nimble Storage Launch IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 16, 2013

Silicon Valley Patent Chief Steps Up to Head Leaderless PTO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 12, 2013

Tapped as deputy director, Michelle Lee does not need Senate confirmation, meaning she can immediately serve as the agency's de facto leader.

Ex-Google IP Counsel Named to Key PTO Post

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2013

Former Google Inc. deputy general counsel Michelle Lee, who is currently the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Silicon Valley satellite office, has been appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the PTO.

Patent Office Getting a New Deputy Director

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Michelle Lee, a former key lawyer for Google Inc. who runs the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Silicon Valley satellite office, has been tapped to become the agency's deputy director.

Valley Patent Chief Steps In to Head Leaderless PTO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 11, 2013

Tapped as deputy director, Michelle Lee does not need Senate confirmation, meaning she can immediately serve as the agency's de facto leader.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 09, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Recorder : January 06, 2013

See what put these firms at the head of the field in The Recorder's inaugural contest.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Securities Winner Fenwick & West

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Start-Ups Look for Piece of the Legal Research Market

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

The founders of Judicata hope to refresh the search experience, while others go after actionable data.

Assessing Silicon Valley Corporate Governance Measures

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

According to a new study from Fenwick & West, there's a lot of variety when it comes to corporate governance "best practices," especially when you look at successful Silicon Valley companies.

Study Assesses Corporate Governance Measures in Valley, and Outside

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

In Trade Secrets Spat, Fenwick Steps Up to Fight NetApp

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

Tableau Turns to Cooley for Secondary Offering

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

In Boom Year, Biotech Deal Lawyers Have More Options

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 30, 2013