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Farella Braun + Martel Earns 2023 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" Rankings

November 4, 2022 Announcement

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel earned national and regional rankings across several practice areas in the 2023 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms."

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms” rankings recognize firms for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. According to the publication, achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

National Rankings
Tier 1
Appellate Practice
Land Use & Zoning Law 
Natural Resources Law

Tier 2
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Environmental Law
Insurance Law
Litigation – Construction 
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Patent
Litigation – Securities
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - 
   Defendants

Tier 3
Litigation – Antitrust
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Metropolitan Rankings -San Francisco 
Tier 1
Appellate Practice
Arbitration
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Environmental Law
Insurance Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Insurance
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent
Litigation – Securities
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions -
    Defendants
Natural Resources Law
Nonprofit / Charities Law
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trust & Estates Law

Tier 2 
Banking and Finance Law
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Corporate Law
Litigation – Antitrust
Litigation – Labor & Employment

Tier 3
Energy Law
Mediation

Metropolitan Rankings - Santa Rosa
Tier 1 
Real Estate Law

To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in the 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®. 45 Farella lawyers are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2023 and four Farella lawyers received “Lawyer of the Year” awards. In San Francisco, “Lawyer of the Year” awards went to David Lazerwitz for Natural Resources Law, John Green for Litigation-Insurance, and Mark Petersen for Litigation-Construction. In the Santa Rosa metropolitan region, Katherine Philippakis was “Lawyer of the Year” in the Real Estate Law practice area. Only one attorney in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Click here to view all of Farella’s Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch.

Firm Highlights

Publication

AB 1633: The Housing Accountability Act

The Housing Accountability Act (HAA) requires local agencies to approve housing projects that meet objective zoning, general plan, subdivision, and design standards unless there is a specific, adverse impact upon public health and safety...

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Event

Building Solutions: Modular Construction and Affordable Housing

Richard Van Duzer will moderate the panel "Building Solutions: Modular Construction and Affordable Housing" at Bisnow's Bay Area Prefab, Modular and Mass Timber Conference. Click  here  for more information.

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Publication

California Court Issues First Decision Addressing Builder’s Remedy; Decision on Related Lawsuit Pending

The first California court decision to issue declaratory relief to a developer under the “builder’s remedy” appears to be on the horizon. The builder’s remedy has garnered significant attention over the past two years...

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Publication

Downtown San Francisco Adaptive Reuse Legislation Slated To Go Into Effect

As we alerted you on May 9 , legislation to incentivize office and commercial building conversions to housing had begun working its way through the Board of Supervisors after approval by the San Francisco...

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Publication

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Passes Housing Fee Reform Legislation

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors took the first of two votes to approve housing fee reform legislation last week. The legislation reduces by as much as a third the affordable housing fees and...

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News

Chambers USA 2024 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Lawyers, Practices

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 16 lawyers and six practice areas in the legal directory’s 2024 edition. Individual California and Western U.S. Rankings: Sarah Bell &ndash...

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