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Community

Since our inception almost 60 years ago, Farella Braun + Martel has participated actively in our local communities. The founding partners led by example and remain well known for their extensive contributions to the bar and non-profit organizations. This commitment continues unabated today.

Community success requires involvement with and sponsorship of organizations that do good for others. As a firm, we sponsor, through direct financial contributions, organizations ranging from legal service providers to entities involved with education, the environment and the arts. 

Annual firmwide community service activities include:

  • Rebuilding Together San Francisco – In the fall, Farella attorneys, staff, family and friends come together to perform some much needed renovations to low income family homes, schools and nonprofit centers.
  • Head Start Holiday Gift Program – Each year the firm “adopts” a classroom and individuals purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to kids in need who may not otherwise enjoy a gift for the holidays.
  • Bar Association of San Francisco’s Food from the Bar Campaign – Every year our Food from the Bar committee of attorneys and staff  creates fun activities within the firm that provide financial and other support for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
  • One Warm Coat –This organization provides coats for individuals and families that could not otherwise afford a coat for the winter; the firm’s work with this group is led each year by one of the firm’s dedicated and passionate legal secretaries.
  • TutorMate Online Literacy Program – For six years, Farella lawyers and staff have participated in Innovations for Learning's “30 minutes per week” TutorMate™ online reading program for first graders in Oakland Public Schools.

We dedicated our 50th Anniversary in 2012 to giving back to the community. The year-long program included $500,000 in direct gifts and a volunteer challenge to our attorneys and staff. By year end, more than 5,000 hours were volunteered at more than 75 non-profit organizations.

Rebuilding Together San Francisco
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
TutorMate Online Literacy Program - Meet the kids day.
Head Start Holiday Gift Program

Firm Highlights

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

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

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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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Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

Barbara Murphy, Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens, speakers, Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

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Daily Journal Names Jeff Fisher Among Top IP Lawyers in California

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2019

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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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