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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.

Group of people with Rebuilding Together
Sponsoring Rebuilding Together San Francisco projects for 20 years.
People packing food at a foodbank
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
Woman Tutoring Children
TutorMate Online Literacy Program meet the kids day.
Gifts for Head Start Program
Head Start Holiday Gift Program

Firm Highlights

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Election Year Issues for Private Foundations and Public Charities (Webinar)

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

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2022 Best Places to Work

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Three new bills, one introduced in the California Assembly and two in the US Senate, are taking aim at online social media platforms. If adopted, these bills would significantly alter existing duties to prevent...

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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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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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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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