Fenwick & West has established itself, since its inception in 1972 in Silicon Valley, as a go-to firm for technology and life sciences companies. Clients like Apple, Meta, Amazon, and eBay have called on the firm for its corporate, M&A, intellectual property, and IPO expertise. Attorneys gravitate towards Fenwick not only for its sophisticated work, but for its recognition of the importance of work-life balance. The firm offers access to vacation condos in some exotic locations.
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If it weren’t for Fenwick & West, where would Apple be? The firm helped Apple incorporate and had a hand in several other tech and social media company breakthroughs. For this, Fenwick has developed an elite reputation and is an attractive destination for associates. The hiring process is competitive, with many candidates coming from top schools like Stanford and Berkeley. Interest in tech and life sciences work is a must, as is someone who is entrepreneurial and ready to work immediately. Assimilation into firm culture should be easy—Fenwick people are kind, supportive, and respectful. Social opportunities exist, but people are allowed to have lives outside the office. Partners treat associates as equals and care about their personal and professional lives. Lateral hires ...
Well known for its innovative work with technology and life sciences companies, Fenwick is home to nearly 500 attorneys across seven offices. The firm has grown beyond its Silicon Valley roots, with three thriving offices in California, an established office in Seattle, a rapidly growing office in New York, an international office in China, and a newly opened office in Washington, DC.
In 1972, four attorneys left New York City and headed to Palo Alto, California, to launch their own firm based on their vision that the newly named Silicon Valley would become a future tech epicenter of the world. They were right.
Just four years after its founding, Fenwick retained future tech icons Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as clients, eventually helpi...
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