William A. Fenwick

Former Founding Partner at Fenwick & West LLP

William A. Fenwick

William A. Fenwick

Former Founding Partner at Fenwick & West LLP

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William Fenwick is one of the founding partners of Fenwick & West and is currently Partner Emeritus at the Firm.

In the early 1970's, when computer handling of personal information generated sufficient concern to coalesce libertarians, academicians and politicians, Bill traveled, spoke and wrote extensively on the need for rationality and caution in the flood of legislative proposals to regulate privacy and information handling. He appeared before various federal and state legislative committees to testify about proposed "privacy legislation," including the Privacy Act of 1974. He contributed to drafting changes to proposed legislation to eliminate undesirable side effects of the rush to regulate what were as yet uncharacterized activities involving information. He worked with WEMA (now AEA) to prevent the permanent retardation of the developing automation of information handling through the use of computers.

Bill has served as Chairman, EFT Transfer Committee, American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. and was one of the initial members of the Committee on Electronic Legal Research, New York Bar Association. He has served as Chairman, Committee on Law Relating to Computers, Section on Science & Technology. He was Chairman of the Practicing Law Institute's program on Computer Litigation for three years during which he was the editor of three volumes of working papers on various subjects related to law and technology.

He co-authored the report on the use of technology in the courts for the California Future of the Courts Commission and was a member of the Judicial Council of California’s Court Technology Advisory Committee from its creation in 1992 to 2002. He received the 2001 Bernard E. Witkin Award from the Judicial Council for his efforts assisting the courts in adopting information technology and in moving into electronic filing. In 2011, he received the Southern Illinois University Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding career accomplishments and commitment to his alma mater and community.

Bill first began litigating technology disputes in 1968. Technology transfer, development contracts, taxation, licenses, copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets, distribution and antitrust disputes have been the priority of his practice for over 30 years. Since 1992 he has been involved in a number of Internet-related matters as well as online commerce and communications.

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William A. Fenwick
Former Founding Partner at Fenwick & West LLP
Education
JD, Order of the Coif
Class of 1967

Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tennessee, the law school combines the advantages of a stimulating university community, a top-tier faculty, a small, carefully selected student body, and a vibrant, livable city. Known for offering a rigorous academic program in a collegial, supportive atmosphere, Vanderbilt Law School attracts law students and faculty seeking a first-rate academic institution that also affords an excellent quality of life. In 2002, the law school completed an extensive renovation and expansion project, and Vanderbilt now offers its students a state-of-the-art facility with wireless internet access throughout, situated on a park-like campus that is a national arboretum.

BS in Business Management with Honors, Beta Gamma Sigma
Class of 1964
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Member
Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Career History
Founding Partner
Current

Fenwick & West LLP is a national law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The company's practice areas include antitrust and unfair competition, appellate, complex business litigation, copyright, corporate and securities, employment & labor, executive compensation & benefits, intellectual property and IP litigation. It offers legal advisory services in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, patent prosecution, privacy and information security. Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.

Chairman, Program on Computer Litigation
Prior

Practising Law Institute is a non-profit continuing legal education organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, founded in 1933. PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques which are critical to the development of a professional, competitive edge. We achieve these goals through the highest quality Seminars held annually in locations across the United States, annually supplemented Treatises, Audio CDs and DVDs, MP3s, Live Webcasts, Course Handbooks, and On-Demand Learning. Since its founding PLI has witnessed more than 3 million registrations and publication purchases by lawyers and allied professionals. PLI's Institutes and Programs provide lawyers with up-to-date information each year. Our programs are held in several locations including New York, California, Illinois, Washington, DC, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, London and Hong Kong. PLI also expanded its offerings, with a Patent Law Practice Center, Securities Law Practice Center, Pro Bono & Public Interest areas, research and development, critical to PLI's mission. PLI created a law school division to strengthen the relationship with law school students and faculty. Finally, with most states adopting MCLE programs, PLI is planning courses accordingly and has also committed itself to providing lower priced courses to meet the needs of newly admitted attorneys. PLI is headquartered in New York City with an office in California.

Boards & Committees
Member, Court Technology Advisory Committee
1992 - 2002
Political Donations
$1,150
2008

Former President of United States

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