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Fenwick & West LLP
HeadquartersSilicon Valley Center
Mountain View, California
No. of attorneys478
Major practice areasCorporate, intellectual property, litigation, regulatory, tax[1]
Key peopleRichard Dickson, Chairman Rodger Cole, Managing Partner
Revenue$750.4 million (2021)[1]
Date founded1972
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Fenwick & West LLP is a law firm of more than 470 attorneys with offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Santa Monica, Washington, DC and Shanghai. The firm focuses on the technology and life sciences sectors, advising clients at all stages from startups to public companies.[2] Fenwick has been embroiled in legal issues with the US law enforcement and multiple class action lawsuits due to their representation of FTX, for whom they allegedly created shell companies in order to launder money and skirt regulatory scrutiny.[3][4][5]








  • Represented Amazon in the E.D. Texas, where a jury found that Amazon's Alexa-powered smart home devices did not infringe patents held by Innovation Sciences and that these patents were invalid [17]
  • Represented OSIsoft, in real-time industrial data software and services, in its $5B acquisition by AVEVA, in industrial software.[18]


  • Representing Loxo Oncology, with offices in South San Francisco, in its $8B cash acquisition by Eli Lilly.[19][20]




  • Fenwick announces a new version of the Series Seed Documents on GitHub, curated by Fenwick Partner Ted Wang.[22]


  • Fenwick represents Facebook in its $1 billion purchase of Instagram[23]
  • Fenwick represents Facebook in its IPO, the largest Internet IPO in U.S. history[24][25]






  • Figma: Led Figma in its acquisition by Adobe.[11]
  • The New York Times: Represented in its acquisition of Wordle.[6]
  • Clif Bar & Company: Led the food and beverage company in its pending acquisition by Mondelēz International.[7]
  • Facebook: In 2012, Fenwick & West represented Facebook in the largest tech IPO in history.[24][25] Fenwick also advised Facebook on its acquisition of Instagram in 2013.[23]
  • FTX: Previously served as outside counsel to the former cryptocurrency exchange, FTX.[32][7]


  1. ^ a b "Fenwick & West".
  2. ^ a b Stone, Brad (April 7, 2011). "Why Techies Like to Friend Fenwick & West - BusinessWeek". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on April 10, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "FTX's Law Firm Hit With Queries on Work Before Crypto Collapse". news.bloomberglaw.com. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  4. ^ Zuckerman, Patricia Kowsmann, Vicky Ge Huang, Caitlin Ostroff, and Gregory. "Troubles at Sam Bankman-Fried's Alameda Began Well Before Crypto Crash". WSJ. Retrieved May 7, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Goudsward, Andrew (August 7, 2023). "FTX law firm Fenwick faces second lawsuit by crypto customers". Reuters. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  6. ^ a b Thomas, David (February 1, 2022). "Meet the Wordle player who helped sell the game to the New York Times". Reuters. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  7. ^ a b c "North Dimension was central to misappropriation of FTX customers' cash, regulators say". NBC News. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
  8. ^ "Crypto Firm FTX.US Nabs New Top Lawyer From Sullivan & Cromwell". news.bloomberglaw.com. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
  9. ^ "FTX's ex-chief regulatory officer tied to online poker scandal". November 20, 2022.
  10. ^ "Troubles at Sam Bankman-Fried's Alameda Began Well Before Crypto Crash". WSJ. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
  11. ^ a b "Wachtell and Fenwick Lead $20B Adobe-Figma Combination". The Recorder. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  12. ^ MarketScreener. "Mondelez International, Inc. completed the acquisition of Clif Bar & Company. | MarketScreener". www.marketscreener.com. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  13. ^ "SEC.gov | Coinbase, Inc. and Coinbase Global, Inc". www.sec.gov. Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  14. ^ "Fenwick & West advises Coinbase on landmark crypto listing". www.globallegalpost.com. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  15. ^ "SEC.gov | SEC Charges Crypto Entrepreneur Justin Sun and His Companies for Fraud and Other Securities Law Violations". www.sec.gov. Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  16. ^ Harland-Dunaway, Christopher (March 9, 2022). "The many escapes of Justin Sun". The Verge. Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  17. ^ "Amazon Alexa Devices Didn't Infringe Patents, Jury Finds - Law360". www.law360.com. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  18. ^ "Acquisition of OSIsoft, LLC – Company Announcement - FT.com". markets.ft.com. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  19. ^ "Weil, Fenwick Steer Eli Lilly's $8B Loxo Oncology Buy - Law360". www.law360.com.
  20. ^ "Eli Lilly to buy Loxo Oncology for $8bn in cancer drug push". Financial Times. January 7, 2019.
  21. ^ Rosen, Ellen (February 20, 2014). "Weil Advises Facebook as WhatsApp Uses Fenwick: Business of Law". Bloomberg. Bloomberg LP. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  22. ^ Kolodny, Lora (June 3, 2013). "Seeking Seed Funding? Open-Source Forms Might Cut Legal Bill". VentureWire. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  23. ^ a b "Facebook To Buy Instagram for $1 Billion in Biggest Acquisition Yet". AmLaw Daily. April 9, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  24. ^ a b "Fenwick & West and Simpson Thacher lead as Facebook takes US listing".
  25. ^ a b "Facebook Will Have The Biggest Tech IPO Ever, Raising $16 Billion With $38 Share Price". TechCrunch. May 17, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  26. ^ Masnick, Mike, Judge Rules That Righthaven Lawsuit Was A Sham; Threatens Sanctions. June 14, 2011.
  27. ^ Green, Steve, Ruling that Righthaven misled court likely to be felt in other cases. July 14, 2011.
  28. ^ Anderson, Nate, Righthaven learning it can't change the facts after it sues. July 14, 2011
  29. ^ Opsahl, Kurt, Righthaven Ordered to Pay $5,000 in Sanctions for Its Misrepresentations to Court. July 15, 2011.
  30. ^ "North America Awards winners revealed". Managing Intellectual Property. March 29, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  31. ^ "Extending Their Domain", ALM Media, LLC, New York City, April 2000.
  32. ^ "Sullivan & Cromwell, Fenwick & West Trim FTX Relationship From Sites". The American Lawyer. Retrieved March 10, 2023.