The antitrust advocate

Palo Alto Online


After graduating from law school in 1974 and a prestigious clerkship at the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta and New Orleans, Reback practiced law in Washington, D.C. He came to Palo Alto in 1981, a mere 10 years after the moniker "Silicon Valley" was minted, to practice law at Fenwick & West. The firm has represented many famous Valley start-ups. Reback had a front-row seat, and threw some of the punches, at the prizefights that hatched a world-class technology market.

"Gary Reback is a person of great energy and enthusiasm. When he throws himself into something, he does it wholeheartedly," said law professor Pam Samuelson of UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall Law School, where she heads the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.