Fenwick & West LLP at a Glance


  • “Marquee clients and transactions”
  • “Happy staff”
  • “Optimism of Silicon Valley”


  • “Long hours”
  • “Little transparency in promotions and bonus rates”
  • “Partner politics”

The Buzz

  • “Kings of Silicon Valley”
  • “Highly competent”
  • “Cocky”
  • “Regional”

About Fenwick & West LLP

In 1972, four attorneys moved from New York to Palo Alto to found a firm based on their vision that the Silicon Valley would become the future tech Mecca of the world. They were right. Small wonder, then, that the area's alpha geeks-Apple Computer, Cisco Systems and VeriSign, to name just a few-look to Fenwick & West for tech-savvy counsel.

Laying the Legal Groundwork for the iUniverse

Just four years after its founding, Fenwick & West snagged future tech icons Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as clients, eventually helping incorporate the Apple Computer for them, the first step in building the eventual Apple universe of iPods and iPads we all know and love. Soon after that, the firm handled IPO work for software manufacturer Oracle.

The firm has also proved adept at handling billion-dollar M&A work, becoming the go-to firm for techie mergers like VeriSign's $21 billion acquisition of Network Solutions and Symantec's $13 billion purchase of VERITAS. The firm also earned accolades for its tax work from the International Tax Review and is active in raising venture capital for IT clients. In the intellectual property field, Fenwick & West has done patent work for Google, as well as patent litigation work for Amazon and Elan Pharmaceuticals.

According to Businessweek, Fenwick & West pulled itself out of the recession much faster than other Bay Area firms, largely by "riding" the social network and online media trend "like no other firm in the Valley" and embracing startups from Facebook and Twitter to Airbnb and Dropbox. Growing alongside the titans of cyberspace to become one of the largest and most profitable firms in the Bay Area, Fenwick & West has also opened offices in Seattle, San Francisco and Boise.

Geek Heaven

The firm's successes aren't limited to the courtroom and the boardroom. Fenwick has enjoyed a reputation as one of the best places in the country to work. Until Fortune raised the minimum required number of employees for companies to rank, Fenwick was no stranger to the magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" list. More recently, the firm landed the #4 spot on the 2013 "Best Places to Work" list compiled by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. Multicultural Law Magazine ranked the firm #1 on its "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity" list.  


March 2014

Hey Fenwick, What's Up?
Fenwick represented WhatsApp Inc., in its acquisition by Facebook, Inc. What's WhatsApp? A cross-platform real-time mobile messaging company growing by 450 million users each month. Both tech giants share a mission to create more connectivity in the world through affordable and effective internet services. Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion, making the transaction the largest private technology deal in history.

January 2014

Success in Silicon Valley
Law360 named Fenwick as having the "Technology Group of the Year." The accompanying profile noted, "Fenwick & West LLP was an all-around technology powerhouse in 2013 as it advised a roster that includes Silicon Valley's biggest names."

October 2013

Kudos in California
The Recorder, a leading provider of legal news in California, named Fenwick has having "California's Securities Litigation Department of the Year." Fenwick was selected from over 20 other California law firms.

December 2013

Encouraging Diversity
Fenwick received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the fifth straight year. Fenwick is additionally recognized for its transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage, which is provided by less than 50 percent of major U.S. businesses. Businesses that achieve a rating of 100 percent in this report are recognized as "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality."

April 2013

A Great Place to Work
Fenwick was recognized among the "Best Places to Work in the Bay Area" for the seventh year by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. The firm was the highest ranked law firm on the list. The list recognizes companies with "the coolest workplaces that foster creativity, morale and culture."


Top in Tech
Fenwick was counsel to the issuer or underwriter in four of the top 12 largest technology IPOs in 2013 (Veeva Systems, Tableau Software, Chegg and Nimble Storage) and four of the top 10 largest technology IPOs in 2012 (Facebook, Workday, ServiceNow and Infoblox).

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Fenwick & West LLP

Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone: (650) 988-8500
Fax: (650) 938-5200


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Kathryn J. Fritz
  • Hiring Partners: Mountain View: Jay Pomerantz and William Hughes Seattle: Brian Buckley
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 306

  • Employment Contact
    Julieta Stubrin
    Director of Attorney Recruiting and Diversity
    Phone: (650) 335-7141
    Fax: (650) 938-5200
    Email: jstubrin@fenwick.com

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,076/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    27 out of 28 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Unfair Competition
    Commercial Litigation
    Corporate Finance & Securities
    Corporate Social Responsibility
    Electronic Information Management
    Employment Practices
    Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
    Intellectual Property
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Privacy and Information Security
    Private Equity
    Start-ups & Venture Capital
    Technology Transactions
    Trade Secret

Major Office Locations

  • Mountain View, CA (HQ)
  • Boise, ID
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Shanghai

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