Biography

Dan Cohn’s diverse practice, which spans over three decades, includes wine and agriculture clients, sports and entertainment, and a general corporate clientele. He is one of the founders of the firm’s Wine Country office, in St. Helena, California, and a founder of our Private Client practice group. For many years, he was also chair of the firm’s Commercial and Business Department.

His wine and agriculture practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions involving closely-held or family businesses. When a purchase, sale, or other transaction requires a change in an enterprise that has been in a family for a long time, a host of other factors are implicated, including family dynamics, succession planning, and often, long standing disagreements.

Dan is skilled and experienced at guiding clients through transactions that require complex multigenerational plans and accommodation of different priorities. His approach is to seek out a solution that works for all stakeholders, often utilizing innovative financing structures or approaches to arrive at an equitable outcome. He has counseled clients through a wide range of wine and agriculture transactions, including grape purchase contracts, vineyard leases, and the purchase and sale of wineries, wine brands and wine portfolios. He also represents wine country entrepreneurs.

In his sports and entertainment practice, Dan has acted as a trusted advisor to executives and the ownership groups of professional sports teams. He has assisted clients with the purchase and sale of franchises, with contract negotiation, and with general business and legal counseling.

Dan also maintains a general corporate practice, acting as corporate counsel for business clients. He has a depth of experience in family business succession matters and substantial experience with both structuring closely held corporations and negotiating and documenting shareholder buyouts in closely held corporations.

In working with clients, Dan is a genuinely trusted advisor. He’s a really good listener. He’s able to discern objectives quickly, and is scrupulous about keeping client objectives ahead of his own. He’s proactive – he doesn’t always wait for the client to lead; but when circumstances and his judgment dictate it, will lead hand in hand with the client. Perhaps, most importantly, he’s likable, calm, and always professional, with the ability to find common ground in almost any situation. After three decades of experience, often involving some of the thorniest interfamily issues imaginable, he is a uniquely effective counselor and adviser.

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Corporate Law for 2018-2021

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) (2020-present)
  • Board of Directors, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco (2019-2020)
  • Hospice by the Bay, Trustee, Chair of the Board of Directors (2018-present)
  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises
  • Family Firm Institute; Certificate in Family Business Advising, (2009)
  • American Conservatory Theatre, Trustee and Secretary (2008-2018)

Firm Highlights

Publication

Pandemic Restriction Challenges Face Uphill Battle in California

On Dec.16, 2020, in Midway Venture LLC v. County of San Diego, the San Diego Superior Court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of two COVID-19-related California public health restrictions as applied to two adult entertainment businesses...

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Farella Advises 10x Genomics on Purchase of Retail Center Site

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented Pleasanton-based biotech company 10x Genomics in its purchase of a 14.6-acre former shopping center site in Pleasanton at 1701 Springdale Ave., where it plans to...

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17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law

Linda Sobczynski is a featured panelist at the 17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law virtual program. Details: Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new...

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Data Center Business Deals Gone Bad, and the Risks of the “Known in the Industry” Defense

Exploring business partnerships often involves or even requires sharing highly confidential and even trade secret information. The data center industry is no exception, and its participants have in recent years faced litigation focused around...

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Nevada Links Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Case Brought by United States

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel successfully defended Nevada Links, Inc., the owner of a championship golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a $100 million lawsuit brought by the United States...

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Jeffrey Hamilton Named a 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

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New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Matt Lewis and Julie Treppa discuss "New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know."  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a lifeline for nonprofits and other businesses that are struggling to survive during...

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Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products Subject to New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements in California

California’s regulatory framework for cannabis and hemp-derived products, including CBD, continues to evolve, most recently via updated Proposition 65 warning requirements that came into full effect Jan. 3, 2021. As of that date, anyone...

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Event

7th Annual Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Linda Sobczynski is a featured panelist at the 7th Annual Women in Cleantech & Sustainability Talks virtual program, "Marine Plastic Pollution: How Global Extended Producer Responsibility Can Help." Details: A virtual TED-style event featuring the...

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Bisnow Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update

Julie Treppa will be speaking at Bisnow's Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update virtual program, "An Update on Opportunity Zones Today." Details: How will the Biden administration change the OZ program? Did the pandemic sideline...

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