Sensing that Silicon Valley would be world's tech Mecca, four visionary lawyers left a top tier New York law firm and set foot in Palo Alto to set up a law firm...
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|Year of establishment||1972||Number of partners|
|Number of offices||3||Partner to associate ratio|
|Biggest office||Mountain View||Percentage of women attorneys|
|Number of attorneys||300||Percentage of minority attorneys|
|Number of associates||Percentage of LGBT attorneys|
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. From that moment, Fenwick has been inextricably entwined with the history and growth of technology. We incorporated Apple, took Oracle and eBay public and over the years have represented many leading technology companies and their underwriters in numerous high profile IPOs and M&A transactions, including the largest Internet merger in history and the largest software merger in history. Our intellectual property practice has continuously been on the cutting edge of legal issues arising from emerging technologies, from the pioneering of shrinkwrap license agreements in the 1970s, to the creation of software development clean rooms in the 1980s, to being one of the first firms to advise and litigate numerous Internet-related IP issues that arose in the 1990s, including privacy, digital copyright, software patent and domain name issues.
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