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Farella Braun + Martel Practice Areas, Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2014

May 23, 2014 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 23, 2014): Farella Braun + Martel LLP announces that Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized six practice areas and named 12 lawyers as leaders in their field in the legal directory’s 2014 edition.

Farella’s Construction practice received a top-tier Band 1 ranking in California, the publication’s highest distinction. The practice is also ranked highly among national Construction practices. Additional practices ranked in California include Farella’s Commercial Litigation, Environmental, Insurance Coverage, Real Estate and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Farella lawyers earning a top-tier Band 1 ranking were James Bruen (Environmental), Deborah Ballati (Construction), Charles Sink (Construction) and Doug Young (White Collar Crime).

Farella practices and lawyers ranked in Chambers USA 2014 include:

National
Construction: Comments include, “They’re really an outstanding organization. Really top-notch people.”

California
Construction: Sources say, “The leading firm. They are high-quality lawyers who really like doing construction law.” “They strive to establish relationships.”

Ranked attorneys include Deborah Ballati, Alan Harris, Charles Sink and Jeffrey Sykes. 

Environmental: Sources say, “Their problem-solving perspectives and recommendations are very strategic, reasonable and practical.” “They are experts in their field, have good contacts with regulators and others, and are easy to work with.”

Ranked attorneys include James Bruen, Robert Hines and Chris Locke.

Insurance (Policy Holder): Sources say, “Excellent knowledge of the law coupled with a strong litigation practice.” “I’ve been very pleased with the results and they’re also wonderful people to deal with.”

Ranked attorneys include William Friedrich, Mary McCutcheon and Tyler Gerking.

Litigation (General Commercial): Sources say, “They are a truly trusted partner and adviser on litigation matters, and do outstanding work. They are resilient, brilliant, and in general help us resolve typically complex matters.” “They have done very high-quality work.”

Doug Young is ranked in this practice area.

Litigation (White Collar Crime & Government Investigations): Sources say, “They are very thorough, do a good job researching everything, and at the same time don’t overbill the file.” “Their communications, both to me and to the court, are very effective and persuasive.”

Doug Young is ranked in this practice area.

Real Estate: Sources say, “They have honesty and integrity, a good sense of humor, solid understanding of the rules and regulations, and deep relationships with elected and appointed leaders.” “They are local but large enough to have a diverse group of talents.”

Steven Vettel is ranked among the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use attorneys in California.

Chambers USA ranks both law firms and attorneys. Qualities on which the rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.  The rankings are derived from surveys and interviews with in-house counsel.

Click here to view the Chambers USA 2014 rankings and editorial for Farella Braun + Martel.

Farella Braun + Martel represents clients throughout the United States and abroad in sophisticated business transactions and high-stakes commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Farella lawyers are known for their imaginative legal solutions, dynamism and intellectual creativity. With an unwavering service ethic and interdisciplinary team approach, the firm is committed to advancing clients' objectives in the most effective, coordinated and efficient manner. Founded in 1962, Farella is headquartered in San Francisco and maintains an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry. www.fbm.com

Contact:
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Farella Braun + Martel
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