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About Farella Braun + Martel

Overview

Farella Braun + Martel is a leading Northern California law firm representing corporate and private clients in sophisticated business transactions and complex commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Clients seek our imaginative legal solutions and the dynamism and intellectual creativity of our lawyers. We are headquartered in San Francisco and maintain an office in the Napa Valley that is focused on the wine industry.

Farella’s commitment to supporting the industries of Northern California and our entrepreneurial responsiveness to the regional demands have driven our growth and evolution. Nimbleness and opportunistic management have propelled our success for over 60 years. From trial prowess in high-stakes litigation to utility-scale renewable energy project development and complex transactional expertise, Farella’s clients rely on and appreciate our fierce focus on client service and high-quality work.

Client Centric Approach to Business

Farella connects on a personal level with all of our clients, big and small. We have successfully fused the quality, experience and resources of large firms with the relationship, flexibility and personal attention associated with a mid-sized firm. Our low leverage and low attrition means clients build deep relationships with a stable team of lawyers with whom they work as long-term partners, helping them to pursue and realize their strategic business goals.

Partnering with our clients is imbedded in our ethos and sometimes includes literally becoming part of their in-house team, a win-win situation in that we provide our client with a temporarily needed resource and our lawyers and paralegals gain an insider’s view of a client’s business. Throughout our history, we have partnered with clients to develop fee models that meet their specific needs for entire relationships, specific matters or when change affects their business model. 

Within the industries that we focus, our attorneys work cohesively in interdisciplinary teams to advance each client’s objectives in the most effective, coordinated and efficient manner.

It Was a Good Idea Then: It’s Still a Good Idea (Thomas Elke)

The firm was founded in 1962 by Frank Farella, Jerome Braun, and Thomas Elke. Their initial clients included American Push Broom, Jumbo Orange Drive-In, Home Insurance Company, Transamerica, and Tyger Oil. Two years later, John Martel joined the firm, where his first desk was an orange crate in a small room at 333 Pine St. in San Francisco. In 1970, the firm moved to the Russ Building in San Francisco, the “Wall Street of the West,” and in 2023 relocated one block away to One Bush Street. The Wine Country office was opened in St. Helena in 1995 to serve the firm’s substantial wine, agribusiness, and private clients.

Commitment to Diversity, Equality, Inclusion + Belonging

We strive to ensure that everyone working at Farella feels like they belong. To that end, our recruiting, retention, and practice development programs welcome, support, and promote the interests of women, families, and people of all ethnicities and sexual orientations. We were honored to achieve Midsize Mansfield Certification Plus in 2023.

Recognition

Farella has received industry and peer recognition equal to any firm in the country. Our attorneys include fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American College of Appellate Lawyers, American College of Environmental Lawyers, American College of Coverage Counsel, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and American College of Investment Counsel. Farella has been named among Law360’s California Powerhouses, featured on the National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List and is named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times / Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Green Business

In 2006, Farella was the first major law firm in San Francisco to obtain certification as a green business by the San Francisco Green Business Program, recognizing the firm for meeting the program’s stringent environmental standards. We received our fourth Green Business certification in 2020.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Nonprofit Book Review: ABA Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In today’s episode, Cynthia Rowland’s guest is Bill Boyd, one of the editors, along with Lisa Runquist, of the newly published fourth edition of...

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17th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages

Farella Braun + Martel is a sponsor of the Law Seminars and Internationals' 17th Annual "Santa Fe" Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages.  Christopher Rendall-Jackson will participate on a panel titled "The Latest on the...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named to 2024 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thirty-four Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists of top attorneys in Northern California for 2024. 2024 Farella Northern California  Super Lawyers: Amy Briggs – Business...

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in New Mexico and Utah

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the 13th in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. In an earlier...

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Farella Lawyers Recognized as 2024 IP STARS by Managing Intellectual Property

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that  Managing Intellectual Property has recognized partners Daniel Callaway , James Day , Jeffrey Fisher , Winston Liaw , and Eugene Mar in the 2024 edition of...

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Expedited Review of IRS Applications for Recognition of Exempt Status

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource .  In Episode 87, Cynthia Rowland covers the rules that apply to a new charitable organization that wants expedited review of its application for...

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Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth 2024

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that our Private Client Industry Group and Family Wealth Partner Mark Weaver were recognized in Chambers High Net Worth  2024 in the Private Wealth Law in...

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Building Solutions: Modular Construction and Affordable Housing

Richard Van Duzer will moderate the panel "Building Solutions: Modular Construction and Affordable Housing" at Bisnow's Bay Area Prefab, Modular and Mass Timber Conference. Click  here  for more information.

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Back to Compliance: Reinstating Tax-Exempt Status for a Charity

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In episode 85, Cynthia Rowland addresses the steps needed when a charitable organization has its tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS for failure to...

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17th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference: Natural Resource Damages

Farella Braun + Martel is a sponsor of the Law Seminars and Internationals' 17th Annual "Santa Fe" Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages.  Sarah Bell, a program co-chair, will participate on two panels: "Best...

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