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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 fourth Green Business certification in 2020.

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

News

Farella Represents Next Green Wave in Agreement to Sell to Planet 13

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel acted as U.S. counsel in representing California seed-to-shelf cannabis producer  Next Green Wave Holdings (NGW) in its definitive arrangement agreement to be sold to Nevada-based cannabis...

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Disaster Matters: Property Insurance and the Wine Industry

Farella's Alexis Sinclair with guest speakers: Marc Levine from California's 10th Assembly District, Michael Miiller from California Association of Winegrape Growers, Mike Ryan from InterWest, and Jed Taborski from Silicon Valley Bank, discuss "Disaster Matters...

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Preparing Your Cannabis Business for California’s New Employment Laws in 2022 (Webinar)

Join Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens at our next Cannabis Industry Education Series discussing "Preparing Your Cannabis Business for California’s New Employment Laws in 2022."  Each year in California, the new year brings new...

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New California Employment Laws in 2022

The California Legislature passed and Governor Newsom signed several new or amended employment laws covering topics ranging from non-disparagement and separation agreements, the California Family Rights Act, and warehouse production quotas. Unless otherwise noted...

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Bisnow: East Bay Boom!

Brent Saldaña will moderate Bisnow's “East Bay Boom!” What You'll Learn: The East Bay has emerged as a growing life science cluster. How are owners and developers capitalizing on increased investment in the market and sector...

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Farella Represents Community Groups in Successful Challenge of Disastrous Trump-Era CRA Rule Changes

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its final rule on December 14 completely rescinding the agency's harmful 2020 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule that unlawful gutted anti-redlining rules. The OCC...

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Farella Braun + Martel Announces Five New Partners

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Preparing Your Organization for California’s New Employment Laws in 2022 (Webinar)

Join Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens at our next Nonprofit Education Series discussing "Preparing Your Organization for California’s New Employment Laws in 2022."  Each year in California, the new year brings new employment laws...

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Cannabis Farms in the Neighborhood: Water, Contaminants and Other Proximate Matters

Farella's Buzz Hines, and guest speakers Kari Campbell-Bohard from EpicVeg and Lompoc Valley Cooling and Robert Schultz from Geo Blue Consulting, for a discussion on "Cannabis Farms in the Neighborhood: Water, Contaminants and Other...

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AB 525: Laying the Foundation for California's Offshore Wind Industry

Through Assembly Bill (AB) 525, California joined the flurry of activity in the offshore wind industry in 2021 led by the Biden Administration. While offshore wind development in California has lagged behind efforts on...

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