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Fenwick is the OG of Silicon Valley, where in 1972, four guys from NY decided to follow the clientele and open a technology firm in Palo Alto. Representing big-name clients, like Apple, means associates have to possess an interest or background in tech and life sciences along with top grades. Fenwick wants to attract the right type of associate because the firm is a place where people wear hoodies and work hard, and happy attitudes prevail. Everyone works together with a loose hierarchy to deliver exceptional service to clients. Partners have open doors and willingly provide associates with feedback. The firm is busy, but long hours with friendly colleagues and flexibility regarding where work happens make working at Fenwick desirable. Associates receive market compensation and receive higher bonuses for hitting additional hours. The firm has a free market system for work assignments, and associates feel satisfied with the high-quality work for important industry clients. Always innovating, Fenwick started programs like Fenwick Labs and FLEX by Fenwick to provide effective solutions for clients. Benefits and wellness are a firm priority with buy-in from associates. The firm recently revamped its formal training programs, and mentorship relationships are genuine. Associates know early on what it takes to become a partner, and exit opportunities are unparalleled, given the cachet of Fenwick’s clientele. Pro bono projects for transactional and litigation associates are plentiful, and the firm wants associates to serve the community. Fenwick has numerous affinity groups for women, Asian, African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, and parent attorneys working at the firm. They also offer 1L and 2L diversity scholarships for diverse law students.


801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone: (650) 988-8500

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Rodger Cole
Hiring Committee Chair: Lara Foster (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $215,000

Employment Contact

General Recruiting Email:

No. of U.S. Offices: 6

No. of International Offices: 1

Major Office Locations

New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC I

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
Capital Markets & Public Companies
Commercial Litigation
Employment Practices
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
Life Sciences
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patent Litigation
Patent Post-Grant Proceedings
Privacy & Cybersecurity
Pro Bono
Securities Litigation
Startup & Venture Capital
Technology Transactions/Licensing
Trade & National Security
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.