Criminal and Civil Investigations

  • Two investigations for public companies and company boards of directors regarding allegations of stock backdating, one allegedly involving senior executives.
  • Representations of individual corporate executives for involvement in alleged antitrust price-fixing conspiracies in the (i)  airline passenger, (ii) airline shipping,   (iii) computer-parts (several, including DRAM, SRAM, and TFT-LCD), (iv) automotive-parts (three), and other federal antitrust investigations.
  • Representation of senior corporate executive in FCPA investigation of bribery allegations arising in connection with Brazilian corporate office.
  • Representation of senior officer of “Top Four” international accounting firm in federal criminal and S.E.C. civil investigation regarding inappropriate accounting for corporate transactions.
  • Representation of former public utility executive in parallel investigations by DOJ, AG and other organizations.
  • Representation of individual corporate employee in federal criminal investigation into causes of passenger airline crash with multiple fatalities.
  • Representation of individual as target in federal grand jury investigation into alleged bribery in connection with negotiations leading to contract for construction in public club.
  • Multiple representations of individuals as targets in S.E.C. investigations in a wide variety of accounting-related probes at public companies.
  • Representation of public-entity in grand jury investigation into alleged bribery by State Senator.
  • Representation of public company in internal review of compliance standards.
  • Representation of public-company board member in internal investigation following “whistleblower” allegations of sexual and other improprieties by company CEO and alleged cover-up of same.
  • Representation of individuals in connection with I.R.S. investigations of alleged tax improprieties and issues.
  • Representation of California Independent Service Operator in State Senate investigation of issues pertaining to purchase and distribution of power supplies.
  • Appointed as counsel to Ninth Circuit special committee to investigate and report on conduct of sitting judge, under 28 U.S.C. § 353(1) (2012).

Firm Highlights

News

Year-End Planning After The Election: What Financial Advisors & Tax Pros Are Telling Clients About Future Tax Changes

Lauren Galbraith was quoted in the Forbes article "Year-End Planning After The Election: What Financial Advisors & Tax Pros Are Telling Clients About Future Tax Changes." Read the full article, here .

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SB 67 Moves California’s Cannabis Appellations Program Forward

In February of 2020, the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) issued its first iteration of the Cannabis Appellations Program (CAP) , which set forth proposed regulations for licensed cannabis cultivators to establish...

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Farella Braun + Martel Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

SAN FRANCISCO, November 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel earned national and regional rankings across a number of practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® release of the “Best...

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Event

Antitrust and Technology: Perspectives from In-House Competition Counsel

Chris Wheeler will moderate a panel in the discussion on "Antitrust and Technology: Perspectives from In-House Competition Counsel." As the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital revolution, attention in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere has...

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Privacy During Bankruptcy Proceedings: Why It Matters

During these particularly trying times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses of all sizes have been concerned about the future. As a result, considering potential liquidation or restructuring through bankruptcy is inevitably starting to...

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Electric Fence: Protecting Proprietary Rights in Collected Energy Data

Like companies in other industries, a growing number of modern energy-related companies are focusing their efforts on data collection and analysis. For example, Enphase – an energy technology company – regularly tracks data about how...

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Farella’s Aviva Gilbert Honored With WWCDA Catherine M. O’Neil Mentoring Award

SAN FRANCISCO, November 19, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that Aviva J. Gilbert will be honored by the Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) with its Catherine...

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Event

Antitrust and Technology: Perspectives From In-House Competition Counsel

Chris Wheeler is the moderator for the Association of Corporate Counsel San Francisco Bay Area Chapter program "Antitrust and Technology: Perspectives from In-House Competition Counsel." Overview: As the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital...

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is a proud underwriter of the North Bay Business Journal's 2020 North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference series. This live virtual event will explore new opportunities and challenges to the medical...

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Publication

SEC Expands Definition of “Accredited Investor” – Here Are 5 Key Takeaways

The SEC recently adopted amendments to Rule 501(a) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 that expand the definition of “accredited investor” by adding new categories of eligibility based on professional knowledge...

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