SAN FRANCISCO (January 08, 2009): Farella Braun + Martel has added six associates. Following are additional details on the new attorneys.
Deborah Barron - Business Litigation: Barron earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2007). Prior to joining Farella Braun + Martel, Barron clerked for the Honorable Ronald Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and served as an extern for the Honorable Susan Illston of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Amber Chrystal - Business Litigation and Insurance Coverage: Chrystal earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (2008), where she served on the Moot Court board. Chrystal also served as a teaching assistant for the Legal Writing and Research Department while at Hastings.
Nell K. Clement - Business Litigation and White Collar Crime: Clement earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (2008). Clement served as an extern for the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California's Pro Se Department and as an intern at the Marin County Public Defender's Office. She also volunteered at Legal Services for Children and Hastings Homeless Legal Services.
Janel Thamkul - Intellectual Property: Thamkul earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2008), where she wrote for both the California Law Review and the Asian American Law Journal. Thamkul was a 2006 recipient of the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship and the 2006 Foundation of the State Bar of California Law School Scholarship. She was a summer law clerk for Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco and has worked in a variety of capacities with the Center for the Pacific Asian Family Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter in Los Angeles.
Julie Wahlstrand - Intellectual Property: Wahlstrand earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School (2008), where she served on the board of Women of Stanford Law, worked on the Stanford Law & Policy Journal, and participated in Stanford's Youth and Education Law Project. Wahlstrand volunteered for Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, the Bay Area Legal Aid Domestic Violence Project, and the Peninsula Family Advocacy Program's Medical-Legal Pro Bono Project. She was a summer law clerk for the National Health Law Program and before law school she worked as a research technologist at the Mayo Clinic.
Brett Wheeler - Insurance Coverage and Environmental: Wheeler earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School (2008), where he served as an editor for the Stanford International Law Journal. Wheeler taught as an assistant professor at Georgetown University and the University of California, Irvine. He serves as board chair for the San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates, a court-sponsored program for children in foster care.
Since its founding in 1962, Farella Braun + Martel has achieved a national reputation for the acumen of its business practice, the high profile cases of its complex commercial litigation practice and its prestigious client base. The San Francisco-based firm serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses. The firm also has an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry and related businesses. Farella Braun + Martel is a Green Business.
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