Careers

Attorneys

Why Choose Farella Braun + Martel?

Attorneys join Farella for:

  • Our collegial and supportive environment
  • Our unique approach to law, which promotes early work experiences and client contact
  • Our training and mentoring programs, which facilitate career development and advancement
  • Our commitment to diversity and community service

We believe that Farella is unique. Given our mid-level size and lean staffing model, attorneys who join us at mid to senior levels often find that they are provided with more responsibility and opportunities than they had received previously. We offer the training and mentoring opportunities to help lateral attorneys develop their careers and prepare to become partners.

If you are interested in working on highly complex legal matters and learning from some of the best attorneys in the Bay Area, consider a career at Farella.

“Before coming to Farella Braun + Martel, I worked at a large firm with offices all over the world. I moved to Farella when it became apparent that associates at my prior firm didn't get to argue motions, take depositions, or do any of the things that make litigating fun. The move has been nothing but positive. Within two months of coming to Farella, I had argued my first motion. Since then, I've argued several motions, taken and defended depositions, conducted mediations, and argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I work with some of the smartest lawyers I've ever met, and feel like I'm part of a team on every case. I've gotten litigation experience here I never would have gotten at my old firm, and those experiences have been invaluable in developing my skills as a lawyer. And I enjoy my colleagues; Farella doesn't seem to have the big egos that can make an associate's life difficult. The partners I work with treat me as a colleague, and that makes all the difference in my work environment.”

“Farella occupies a unique spot in an industry that is increasingly dominated by large, factory-like law firms. Farella does the same caliber of case as the "big law firms" and many times we find ourselves opposing those firms. But instead of offering a work place in which colleagues are viewed with suspicion or hostility, Farella offers an environment that is built on professionalism, respect, collaboration, mentoring, trust and friendship. Farella retains the virtue of "collegiality," a feature of private law firms that I had come to believe was extinct. Collegiality is not just healthier, it actually makes for better business. We take pride in our profession and our institution. We are enthusiastic about our work and more sensitive to client needs. As a result, we consistently achieve excellent results, have the respect of the bar and have the repeat business of long-standing firm clients.”

“Although my previous firm had great clients and interesting work, I was always one of a cast of thousands working on a case. At Farella Braun + Martel, the minute I stepped in the door, I was offered more substantive opportunities and I got more experience in my first year here than in the first three of my career at a larger firm. And the cases and clients were all top-notch and interesting.”

Firm Highlights

News

Employers Deal With Workers’ Lost Vaccination Cards

Holly Sutton was interviewed by SHRM for the article, "Employers Deal With Workers’ Lost Vaccination Cards." Read the article here .

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The Advocates’ Society Spring Symposium: The Advocate Making a Difference

Douglas Young is the keynote speaker at The Advocates’ Society Spring Symposium: The Advocate Making a Difference on April 28. The Advocates' Society and the American College of Trial Lawyers invite you to attend the...

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New Restrictions on Sales and Delivery of E-Cigarettes and Vaping Products

The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act substantially and materially alters how companies sell and ship e-cigarettes and tobacco and cannabis vaping products and components.  The act was signed into law on...

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BASF Political Speech in the Workplace

Holly Sutton is a featured panelist at the BASF Labor and Employment Section of the Barristers Club live webinar, "Political Speech in the Workplace." Details: Although the 2020 election cycle has ended, employees and...

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Farella Advises MedMen to Win San Francisco Cannabis Retail Store Approval

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel provided national premium cannabis retailer MedMen Enterprises Inc.  with land use and permitting advice to win approval to open a new retail store on Union Street...

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Monticello - Member Profile: Richard "Dick" Shapiro

Dick Shapiro was profiled in the April 2021 issue of Monticello , the quarterly journal of the Jefferson Society. Read the profile, here on pages 18-19.

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PSDcast – Is Energy Companies' Customer Data a Trade Secret?

We often focus on the privacy issues involved in data collection – and they are critically important – while neglecting the idea of data as a tangible and valuable resource (and how to protect...

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New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products

Donald Sobelman and Wendy Hernandez discuss "New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products." Proposition 65 requires “clear and reasonable” warnings in California for products containing chemicals on the State’s list of...

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Law Updates for California Employers: COVID Sick Leave Obligations, Meal-Period Rules, COBRA Benefits

New legislation and a recent court decision have significant implications for California employers. Certain California employers must now provide supplemental paid sick leave to employees who miss work for specified reasons related to the...

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference 2021

Join us for the 2021 North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring leading cannabis industry experts. This live webinar will explore new opportunities and challenges to the medical, recreational, and related cannabis businesses North of the...

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