NALP Directory of Legal Employers

Directory Year: 2023

Fenwick & West LLP - Firmwide (Multiple Locations)

Compensation & Benefits

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2023 compensation for entry-level lawyers ($/year) 215,000

Summer Compensation

2023 compensation for Post-3Ls ($/week) 4,134
2023 compensation for 2Ls ($/week) 4,134
2023 compensation for 1Ls ($/week) 4,134
Judicial Clerkship Bonus? Yes
Compensation/progression credit for judicial clerkship? Case-by-case
Compensation/progression credit for other advanced degrees? Case-by-case
Other Compensation

Moving/relocation stipend; clerkship bonus; bar exam stipend; Attorney Vacation Program; Condo Program; year-end bonus program (see narrative for compensation detail).

Benefits 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
Dental Insurance
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Health Club Membership
Life/AD&D Insurance
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Medical Insurance
Health Savings Account
Parental Leave
Relocation Expenses
Short-term Disability Insurance
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Vacation Leave
Vision Insurance
Please describe benefit package or provide additional comments

Fenwick & West provides a broad range of benefits that promote health, wellness, financial security and work/life balance.

  • Insurance: Medical, dental and vision care (same-sex and opposite-sex partner, coverage available), High deductible health plan that provides fertility and cryopreservation benefits, International Business Travel Medical Insurance, Accidental death & dismemberment insurance, Life insurance, Long-term care insurance, Long-term disability insurance, Worker’s compensation insurance, Auto, home and pet insurance discount
  • Financial: 401(K) plan, WageWorks, Flexible Spending accounts for Health care and Dependent care, Health Savings Accounts (including employer contribution), Banking services (mortgage and comprehensive financial solutions),
  • Leave of Absence: Short-term disability leave - including pregnancy disability, Parental leave - paid and unpaid for birth, foster and adoption, Family Care Leave, Bereavement leave, Personal leave, Military leave, Organ/bone marrow donation leave
  • Professional Aid: Bar exam stipend and fees, Bar membership dues, Judicial clerkships bonuses and credit
  • Corporate: Employee referral bonuses, Mountain View transportation reimbursement, cab reimbursement, Relocation reimbursement, On-site car detailing and dry cleaning, Employee assistance program, Paid Family Leave, Backup childcare and elder care services, Dependent care referrals, Discounts for amusement parks, lodging, rental cars, retail etc.
  • Vacation: Flexible Vacation Policy, Firm-paid holidays, Emergency travel assistance, Bonus vacation getaways
  • Health and wellness: Fitness & wellness reimbursement, Fitness membership discounts, virtual fitness classes, On-site gym/fitness area and Peloton bikes, flu shots & Biometric screenings incentives, Activity challenges, Wellness and well-being seminar/webinars
  • Work/life Balance: Backup childcare, Parenting resources, Parenting support program, Community service program, Reduced work schedule, Mentor program, Vacation getaway program, CALM app, Peloton membership and equipment discount, Firm condominium program and a Parent Affinity Group
  • Parental Reintegration Program: Supports parents with transition periods, including the pre/post leave option of working a reduced hours schedule and receiving creditable hours, as well as backup childcare and tutor benefits.
Associate base salary (excluding bonuses) is determined by A set lock-step system (same base salary for each class year)
If not strictly a set lock-step system, what criteria are used to determine associate base salaries (excluding bonuses)? (check all that apply) Hours billed
Quality of work
Pro bono hours
Business development
Overall contribution (e.g., recruitment activities, firm committees)

Annual bonuses to eligible associates

Has your organization offered annual bonuses to eligible associates in the past five years? Yes

In 2022, the firm paid year-end market-level bonuses and vacation/staycation rewards for high productivity and/or firm contributions.  

What factors are used to determine the amount of an associate's bonus? (check all that apply) Hours billed
Quality of work
Pro bono hours
Are same sex domestic partners afforded the same benefits as spouses of attorneys? Yes
Are opposite sex domestic partners afforded the same benefits as spouses of attorneys? Yes

Parental leave or family care policy

Does your organization have a written parental leave or family care policy? Yes
Please link to or describe your firm's parental leave policy. Be sure to include information on leave for adoption, surrogacy, or other special circumstances.

Eligible Attorneys may take up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave in a twelve month period in connection with the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. To be eligible for paid parental leave under this policy, the Attorney must have worked continuously at the Firm, at a level of 60% or more of a full-time schedule, for at least 90 days. Moreover, paid parental leave must be completed within one year following the birth, adoption or foster placement of the child.

In addition to the paid parental leave benefit, attorneys disabled by pregnancy, childbirth or a related condition may be eligible to take Pregnancy Disability Leave and receive up to thirteen weeks of Salary Continuance benefits during that approved leave.

During approved paid parental leave, eligible Attorneys will be paid their base salary for the duration of their leave, subject to coordination with available wage substitution benefits. Attorneys are required to apply for available wage substitution benefits, including through state-administered or other insurance programs. The pay continuation benefit under this policy and any wage substitution benefits will be coordinated such that the Attorney receives their full base salary (and no more) for the duration of the approved paid parental leave.

An Attorney may request to take paid parental leave in a single block, on an intermittent basis, and/or through a reduced work schedule.