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Fenwick & West LLP

  • Designation: Mountain View, Calif.
  • Head Count: 278
  • Gross Revenues: $274,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $985,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,275,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 4

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 200 116 4 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 156 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 40 -13 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 100 -31 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 8 2 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 73 -73 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 93 -39 Summer programs

In the News

LinkedIn's Departing GC Tapped Wilson for Pair of Recent Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Her replacement, Michael Callahan, favored Latham and Skadden for corporate work when he was at Yahoo.

Energy Industry Is Fueling Legal Work in Vermont

George Erb : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Donato Touches Patent Hot Spot in Sex-Toy Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

U.S. District Judge James Donato stayed litigation between two manufacturers of personal massagers pending inter partes review.

DLA Piper Pulls Off IPO Trifecta

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

The firm advised on three simultaneous listings Friday, while Fenwick & West lawyers had a hand in two.

Associate Training Goes From Ad Hoc to All-in

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Paul Hastings puts associates through a 15-month curriculum to build practical skills and professionalism.

Visualizing Task Data Using a Kanban Board

Mark Gerow : Law Technology News : January 17, 2014

Kanban boards are a promising new way to represent tasks.

Viewpoint: Kickstarting an Old Patent System for the New Software Era

Daniel R. Brownstone : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Software is unique enough to deserve its own patent system—one fleet-footed enough to keep up, argues Fenwick & West attorney Daniel R. Brownstone.

LegalForce Founder to Seek New Lawyers in Trade Secrets Fight

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

A federal judge is allowing Raj Abhyanker's lawyers to withdraw from the case, finding a "clear breakdown in the attorney-client relationship."

Replacing Rader: Sizing up the Short List for the Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

PTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee, a former Google lawyer, is an oft-mentioned candidate—and one who would add Silicon Valley perspective to the influential patent court.

Replacing Rader: The Short List for the Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

PTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee, a former Google lawyer, is an oft-mentioned candidate—and one who would add Silicon Valley perspective to the influential patent court.

LegalForce Founder Loses Lawyers' Trust in Trade Secret Spat

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

Raj Abhyanker denies accusations he fabricated evidence and says his lawyers have succumbed to pressure from opposing counsel.

Building Our Maps: Legal Infrastructure in the Age of Data

Jason Boehmig, Tim Hwang, Paul Sawaya : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

New technologies, like artificial intelligence and document automation, could dramatically alter the landscape of the legal profession.

Justices Restrict Software Patents in Unanimous Ruling

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

In a closely watched intellectual property case, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that some computer-related innovations are too abstract to be eligible for patents. But the unanimous decision stopped short of denying patents to all computer software.

Justices Restrict Software Patents in Unanimous Ruling

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

In a closely watched intellectual property case, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that some computer-related innovations are too abstract to be eligible for patents. But the unanimous decision stopped short of denying patents to all computer software.

CLS Bank Ruling a Big Deal for Valley Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court's long-awaited verdict on patent eligibility a win for software companies, though lawyers differ on how far-reaching its effect will be.

Symantec Defeats Suit Over Norton Antivirus

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

After giving plaintiffs two chances to amend their allegations, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar dismissed the complaint with prejudice.

After Shake Ups, Securities Bar Is a Different Landscape

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

The fall of Milberg Weiss and two decades of case law interpreting the PSLRA have changed the way securities suits are fought.

After Shake-ups, Securities Bar Is a Different Landscape

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

The fall of Milberg Weiss and two decades of case law interpreting the PSLRA have changed the way securities suits are fought.

Satellite Maker Skybox Taps Fenwick for Google Deal

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

The $500 million acquisition is one of Google's largest private-company acquisitions ever.

Uber Hails Fenwick for $1.2 Billion Cash Infusion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Ex-ArthroCare Execs Convicted of Fraud

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

A federal jury in Austin convicted former ArthroCare CEO Michael Baker and former CFO Michael Gluk of inflating financials at the surgical device company.

The Am Law Second Hundred: Punching Above Their Weight

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Twenty firms in The Am Law 200 performed well last year, while many others just held their own.

Am Law Second Hundred Firms of Note: Fenwick & West

Nathalie Pierrepont, The Recorder : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

The Silicon Valley firm advised on 10 IPOs and a series of Cisco acquisitions.

The 2014 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

A year after going on a hiring binge, Am Law Second Hundred firms were left to tally up whether gambling on growth had paid off. In many instances, the answer was 'no.'

Nextdoor CEO Lawyers Up in Hit-and-Run Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Tech entrepreneur Nirav Tolia has enlisted Palo Alto criminal defense lawyer Daniel Barton of Nolan, Armstrong & Barton.

GoPro Taps Fenwick for IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

Wilson Sonsini is advising underwriters JPMorgan, Citigroup and Barclays.

Federal Circuit Agrees to Rehear Dispute over ITC Powers

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

Lawyers at Latham & Watkins and the ITC won a chance to reverse a controversial ruling that restricts the ITC's authority to issue import bans in some cases.

It's Time to Fix Legal's No. 1 Problem

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 12, 2014

When 80 percent of Americans can't get affordable legal services, something is wrong.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 12, 2014

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

Getting In With the Emerging Crowd

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Lawyers such as Wilmer's Glenn Luinenburg, seen here with SRI's Richard Mahoney, look to incubators, trade groups and plain old networking in hopes of representing the next tech sensation.

Fenwick & West to Open Shanghai Office

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Eva Wang, who came from Covington last year, will lead effort with five U.S.-licensed Chinese lawyers.

Stanford's FutureLaw: UPL and Ethics Constraints Thwart Legal Services

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 05, 2014

80 percent of Americans aren't getting access to lawyers, panelists note.

Recorder Names Corporate Practices of the Year

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Fenwick's Ralph Pais

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

The driving force behind FLEX by Fenwick says he wants to take in-house legal staffing to the next level.

Viewpoint: Congress, not SCOTUS, Should Lead on Patent Policy

Daniel Brownstone : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Lawmakers need to step up and answer the policy questions posed by cases like , writes Fenwick's Daniel Brownstone.

Amid IPO Wave, Firms Ride Rising Fee Tide

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

The Am Law Daily looks at Am Law 100 firms reaping fees for new listings, which have soared in recent years.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

Valley Firms Flex Brands at the Beach

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Cooley's Santa Monica office is up to 25 lawyers, while Fenwick and Wilson say the long-distance thing is working fine for now.

Pillsbury's $20 Million Man

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Jorge del Calvo powers the firm's Valley corporate practice.

Gibson Dunn, Fenwick Advise HP on $108 Million FCPA Settlement

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

The company is putting to rest federal investigations into improper payments in Russia, Poland and Mexico.

Gibson Dunn, Fenwick Advise HP in $108 Million FCPA Settlement

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

The company is putting to rest federal investigations into improper payments in Russia, Poland and Mexico.

EDD School House: Corporate Risks of Social Media

Gerline Fleury Johnson : Law Technology News : January 02, 2014

Compelling, daylong Practicing Law Institute course hit the mark, but danced around e-discovery issues.

HP Reaches $57 Million Deal to End Class Action Over WebOs

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

Hewlett-Packard shocked investors when it pulled the plug on the company's much-touted WebOs operating system and signaled a wholesale shift in business strategy. Now HP and its lawyers at Morgan Lewis and Gibson Dunn have agreed to a $57 million settlement to make investor claims over the episode go away.

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.

U.S. to Join Supreme Court Showdown on Patent Eligibility

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

The Supreme Court on Friday granted the U.S. solicitor general permission to participate in oral arguments next week in , giving the government a voice in one of the most closely watched patent cases of the year.

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.

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.

Cooley, Fenwick Beat Back LendingTree Patent Claims at Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

The online lending exchange LendingTree, a subsidiary of Charlotte, N.C.-based Tree Inc., struck out on Wednesday in a patent infringement trial against the Internet companies Nextag, Zillow and Adchemy.

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.

A New Perch for Deal Lawyers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

In big private M&A deals like the Nest sale, investors are bringing their own counsel to the deal table.

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.

Viewpoint: Supreme Court Should Set Objective Test for Software Patents

Robert R. Sachs and Daniel R. Brownstone : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Weil, Fenwick Tapped for Facebook's $19 Billion WhatsApp Buy

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

The eye-popping price marks the biggest Internet deal in a decade and set tongues wagging—and Twitter accounts firing—in Silicon Valley.

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