Courtney Emma Therien

Senior Associate
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Courtney Therien is a senior associate in Farella Braun + Martel’s Exempt Organizations and Family Wealth Groups.

Ms. Therien's practice focuses on working with nonprofit organizations on entity formation, operational and governance matters, board disputes and mergers and dissolutions. 

Ms. Therien has experience in handling a variety of income tax issues, including domestic and international tax matters involving closely-held businesses, partnerships, limited liability companies, California sales and property tax, conservation easements, and New Markets Tax Credits.

Ms. Therien was invited to Washington D.C. in May 2014 by the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California, to present a position paper regarding significant tax issues facing philanthropic donors and sponsoring organizations of Donor Advised Funds. The paper proposed needed guidance in this area and was presented to the Internal Revenue Service, United States Treasury Department, Joint Committee of Taxation, and the Senate Finance Committee.


Ms. Therien is a recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013). She has served as Chair of the Tax Section of the State Bar of California’s Exempt Organizations Committee, is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Marin Community Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of the Curry Senior Center.