Careers

Attorneys

At Farella, we recognize that the individuality and diversity of our legal professionals are key assets in serving our clients’ needs and retaining their business. And like our clients, we value attributes such as enthusiasm, character, and high ethical standards. In fact, these are core qualities in all the individuals who come to work with us—and in all those with whom you will work!

The Farella Model

Farella’s model is one of uncompromising excellence and integrity. Our career building platform presents a unique opportunity that many larger law firms cannot offer. Whether as a lateral attorney, summer clerk, or first year associate, joining the Farella family of lawyers means that you will be surrounded by people who want the best for you and will work diligently to ensure that you are acknowledged and rewarded along the way and at each critical juncture.

Professionals who work well in small teams, appreciate face-to-face interactions with clients and peers, are open to learning, and are willing to take on leadership roles—in the firm, the profession, and the community—will be successful at Farella. This is our commitment to you: We will support you in achieving both personal satisfaction and professional accomplishment.

You have day-to-day access to lead partners, decision makers, team members, and professional support staff. In addition, Farella’s hands-on approach to training lawyers in both legal substance and client development stands high above most Northern California law firms, making it a hallmark of our practice and the number one reason our lawyer turnover is low. We can honestly say that few attorneys leave Farella for another private practice law firm.

Seeking Problem Solvers

Lawyers who work at Farella are willing to work creatively to solve problems. We are not looking for another cog in the wheel, or to stick you in your office doing busy work. We provide early responsibility and often ask associates to perform at levels above what might be typical for their years’ experience. You’ll have ample opportunity to stretch your skills and development, working on lean teams and interacting directly with the partner in charge of each matter.

Laterals and recruits add to the fabric of our firm. They must enjoy being around people and contributing to the resolution of a litigation matter or the closing of a deal. As a firm, we are inclusive and expansive, internally and externally. Our clients range from technology start-ups and established corporations with sophisticated deals and problems to wineries and cannabis enterprises with unique regulatory issues, and to financial institutions, high net worth individuals, and more.

If you are looking for a firm committed to training and promoting the best attorneys in a collegial and supportive environment, Farella Braun + Martel is the place for you.

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Firm Highlights

News

Last Major SF Transbay Tower, Affordable Housing at Risk of Delays

Real Estate/Land Use and Development Partner Charles (C.J.) Higley shares his thoughts on why the 546 Howard St. tower project deserves priority for approval. Read the full article here .

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Judge Finds Grounds to Sue California Insurance Commissioner for Refusing to Investigate Industry Fraud in Recent Wildfire Claims

Lawsuit Alleges Insurance Industry Has Illegally Used Unlicensed Out-of-State Adjusters to Cheat Victims of 2017 and 2018 Wildfires SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2019: A judge is permitting a survivor of the 2017 Tubbs Fire...

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

How do you identify the key experts you need for trial? Once you have them, what are the best practices for preparing them for trial? How do these practices vary depending on your venue, and...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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News

How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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