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We are committed to protecting the environment in which we live and work. 

Farella Braun + Martel became the first major law firm in San Francisco to obtain certification as a green business by the San Francisco Green Business Program, recognizing the firm for meeting the program’s stringent environmental standards in 2006. We received our third Green Business certification in 2015.

We have integrated “green” efforts into all aspects of how we operate. Our sustainability program aims to minimize our environmental impact by addressing recycling and waste reduction, energy and natural resource conservation and pollution prevention.

The Russ Building, where our San Francisco office is located, is LEED Platinum Certified.

Our enthusiastic employees are continuously improving our existing efforts and undertaking new initiatives to promote environmental sustainability. Notable elements of the firm’s sustainability program include:

  • paper product, pen, battery and electronic equipment recycling
  • composting
  • durable cups, glasses, plates and utensils in kitchen areas
  • compostable plates and utensils in conference rooms
  • elimination of single serving bottled water
  • environmentally responsible purchasing
  • partnering with local non-profits and organizations for reuse of unneeded computers, supplies and furniture
  • 50% to 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper for printing
  • standardized double-sided printing from copiers
  • energy efficient light fixtures
  • email profiling to reduce printing requirements
  • paperless billing

In 2007, FBM won an Acterra Business Environmental Award. The firm was selected the recipient of the “Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation” in the Medium Company category. 

Firm Highlights

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3 Lessons For Calif. Insureds From Late-Notice Rule Decision

In Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company,[1] the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule[2] is a fundamental public policy of California...

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Kelly Matayoshi Installed as President of UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association Board of Governors

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Farella Braun + Martel Advises on Sale of 2,300-Acre Foote Ranch

Farella Braun + Martel represented a trust that owned 50% of the iconic 2,300-acre Foote Ranch in Sonoma, California in disputes with the ranch’s co-owners and in the subsequent $23.7 million sale of the...

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Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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How Napa County Seeks to Streamline the Winery Permit Process

Recently, local members of the wine industry in the Napa County area of Northern California have been actively engaged with county government in discussions regarding ways to streamline the winery use permit process. Frustrated with...

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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California's AB5 Codifies Stricter Rules for Independent Contractors - What Employers Need to Know

On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB5, codifying the ABC test for distinguishing employees from independent contractors and expanding its application beyond California’s Wage Orders. While AB5 does not...

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Facebook Suspends Apps That Scrape Data From Its Platform Following Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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News

Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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Event

CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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