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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 from the San Francisco Green Business Program in 2006. The program recognized the firm for meeting its stringent environmental standards. We received our fifth Green Business certification in 2024.

The firm’s green policies and practices include reducing, reusing, and recycling; environmentally preferable purchasing; conserving energy, water, and natural resources; supporting the circular economy; and following other green business policies in the San Francisco Green Business Program.

We continuously improve our existing efforts and undertake new initiatives to promote environmental sustainability. Notable elements of the firm’s sustainability program include:

  • Striving to reach 90% waste diversion by recycling all resources such as paper, plastics, cardboard, glass, and aluminum and composting all food and plant discards.
  • Eliminating waste by supporting the circular economy.
  • Promoting the use of public transit and commuter alternatives.
  • Use of videoconferencing to eliminate unnecessary travel.
  • Use of durable cups, glasses, plates, and utensils in kitchen areas.
  • Use of compostable plates and utensils in conference rooms.
  • Elimination of single-serving bottled water.
  • Environmentally responsible purchasing.
  • Partnering with local nonprofits and organizations to reuse unneeded computers, supplies, and furniture.
  • Most water-efficient toilets, urinals, and faucet aerators on the market.
  • Repurposing of items instead of purchasing new items.
  • Standardized double-sided printing from copiers.
  • Purchasing printer paper, business cards, marketing materials, etc., with a minimum of 50%- 100% postconsumer waste (PCW) recycled content.
  • Printing promotional materials with vegetable or low-VOC inks.
  • Energy-efficient light fixtures.
  • EPEAT-verified computers, laptops, and monitors.
  • Email profiling to reduce printing requirements.
  • Paperless billing.

Farella relocated its San Francisco office in 2023 to a building that shares its environmental values: LEED Platinum Certified One Bush Street.

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

Firm Highlights

Publication

REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm happy to refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 21, the first of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using the...

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Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth

Farella’s Linda Gilleran and Chris Rendall-Jackson and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Uday Varadarajan are presenting the session “Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth” at the ACG...

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A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for various exempt “white-collar” employee categories beginning on...

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News

San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit.

Farella's Tom Mayhew, CJ Higley, Daniel Contreras, Vanessa Ing, and Alyssa Netto were mentioned in the Daily Journal article "San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit."...

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Housing Action Coalition and Farella Braun + Martel File Lawsuit Challenging the City of San Mateo’s Housing Element

Today, the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of San Mateo, challenging its recently adopted Housing Element in order to make the city comply with...

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No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

In a 6-3 majority decision in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al. , the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act entitles a copyright owner to recover damages for any...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

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News

City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in the Law360 Real Estate Authority article "Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions." In the article, Gary noted that there is usually...

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21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

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