Daniel E. (Dan) Cohn

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Daniel Cohn maintains a diverse practice in corporate, wine, employment and intellectual property law. Mr. Cohn became a partner of the firm in 1991 and for many years served as the chair of its Commercial Business Department. He is a founder of Farella's Private Client Group.  

Mr. Cohn has acted as regular corporate counsel for several of the firm’s business clients, including The Chalone Wine Group, Ltd., Oakland Athletics Baseball Company, Golden State Vintners, Inc., Round Table Franchise Corporation, Stone & Youngberg, Niman Ranch, Super Store Industries, and Swig Investment Company.  

He has a depth of experience in family business succession matters and substantial experience with both structuring closely held corporations and negotiating and documenting shareholder buyouts in closely held corporations. Mr. Cohn is a member of both Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises and the Family Firm Institute, and holds a certificate in Family Business Advising.

Mr. Cohn is a founder of Farella Braun + Martel’s Wine Country Office, located in St. Helena, California. In the wine industry, he has an active mergers and acquisitions practice. He has completed numerous grape purchase contracts, vineyard leases and other transactions. He completed a sale transaction of Araujo to the owners of Château Latour. In 2015, he guided Treasury Wine Estates through its purchase of the Diageo wine portfolio – the largest wine industry deal of the year. He has negotiated executive employment agreements on behalf of Franciscan, Chalone, Mondavi and Golden State Vintners. He also represents entrepreneurs in the Wine Country.

Mr. Cohn was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Corporate Law for 2018-2019.


  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises
  • Family Firm Institute; Certificate in Family Business Advising, 2009
  • American Conservatory Theatre, Trustee and Secretary 
  • Hospice by the Bay, Trustee, Chair of the Board of Directors (2018)