Careers

Attorneys

Laterals

We seek candidates with exceptional academic resumes and substantive experience, and attorneys whose interests and avocations add to the firm’s intellectual and social diversity. Many of our associates have worked as attorneys at some of the nation’s biggest law firms. We also have associates who have transitioned into private practice from careers at the Department of Justice or other public law offices.  

A review of the accomplishments of our current roster of attorneys provides a revealing and excellent snapshot of the qualities that Farella looks for in its lateral attorney candidates. Our attorneys have strong academic credentials. Many have participated on their schools’ law reviews or moot courts, and an equal number have clerked for federal, state, and international courts. The academic resumes of our attorneys do not tell the whole story, however; we also look for attorneys with diverse backgrounds and varied interests. We have a championship race car driver, former members of the Peace Corps, and a few musicians among our attorneys. Our attorneys are leaders in their community serving as board members on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Meals on Wheels San Francisco, Centro Legal de la Raza, Bar Association of San Francisco, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and other nonprofit organizations. They also volunteer through programs such as the San Francisco High School Mock Trial Competition, Rebuilding Together, and the Special Olympics. For many of our attorneys, law is a second career following work in accounting, finance, engineering, marketing, journalism, and other professions.

“The people here are top-notch and think outside of the box. It isn’t simply a ‘take orders and execute’ group of people, but a ‘let me solve your problem and the other three problems I spotted on my own’ group of people.”

“The beauty of Farella Braun + Martel is that people here are whipsmart, but they don't show off. It's a down to earth collection of really bright people, and that creates a culture of collaboration and teamwork. One of the things that initially really impressed me was an e-mail a partner sent around letting the firm know of a great victory on a case. It included not only a summary of the work this firm had put into the case, but a thanks to everyone who had worked on the matter including attorneys, paralegals, secretaries and other staff members. You would never see that at my old firm. It just shows that people here stand shoulder to shoulder.”

“The people and the size of Farella Braun + Martel were a big part in making my transition as a lateral junior associate seamless. Joining a new firm at that stage in my career could have been a daunting experience, but I was greeted by a group of attorneys and staff who welcomed me as one of their own.”  
 

Firm Highlights

News

LinkedIn Loses Data Appeal

Erik Olson was quoted in the article "LinkedIn Loses Data Appeal" in CDR Magazine . In the article, Erik said: We are pleased to see that the Ninth Circuit has again affirmed, in light...

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Platform Ecosystems – The Landscape of US and EU Legislation (Webinar)

Stephanie Skaff and Nate Garhart discuss "Platform Ecosystems – The Landscape of US and EU Legislation." Several new bills targeting online platform companies are making their way through state and federal legislative bodies in the...

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Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments (Webinar)

Join Stephanie Skaff and Erik Olson in the discussion on "Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments." Web scraping has existed as long as the World Wide Web has...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2022 Best Places to Work

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Legal Experts Say Opioid Coverage Disputes Far From Over

Shanti Eagle was quoted in Law360 's article "Legal Experts Say Opioid Coverage Disputes Far From Over."  Read the article here (subscription required).

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Upside: Changes in the VCAP Liability Coverage Market

Over the past few years, there's been a dramatic rise in premiums in the venture capital liability insurance market and a steady increase in claims being submitted under those policies. We're also seeing a...

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The 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Jim Colopy is a speaker at the 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages on the panel addressing "Federal Jurisdiction: Waters of the United States.” 

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Katherine Philippakis Named Among the Top Women Lawyers in California by Daily Journal

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce the selection of partner Katherine Philippakis to the Daily Journal ’s 2022 list of California’s "Top Women Lawyers." The annual list honors the achievements of leading...

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Illinois Courts Largely Favor Coverage for BIPA Cases Under CGL Policies

Since Illinois passed its Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in 2008, there has been a proliferation of class action lawsuits filed pursuant to the statute. BIPA generally bars private entities from collecting, capturing, purchasing...

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hiQ’s Groundbreaking Injunction Against LinkedIn Reaffirmed: Scraping of Publicly Available Data Likely Does Not Violate CFAA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed its prior decision , holding that LinkedIn could not block hiQ, a scraping entity, from scraping public LinkedIn profiles. The court found it was...

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