Family businesses, regardless of industry, have unique concerns and goals that differ from their public and private competitors.  Though all businesses are committed to commercial growth, family businesses often prioritize longer-term goals and place an emphasis on sustainability and maintenance of distinct family values.

We counsel families throughout an enterprise’s lifecycle on topics such as:

  • Entity selection and the launch of new businesses or holding companies
  • Operation of mature businesses
  • Designing compensation and incentive arrangements for key executives who are not family members
  • Evaluation and optimization of exit opportunities
  • Transition of ownership and executive responsibilities to successors in a manner that maximizes tax benefits and minimizes the likelihood of disputes

Changes in leadership or ownership can be particularly challenging for closely-held businesses given the complex mix of personal relationships, business goals and financial pressures.  When business succession counsel is required, we work with families (many times with multi-generational leaders) to ensure the current and future viability of a family enterprise is maintained.

Our depth and range of experience provides the nuance required to help clients identify and resolve issues that might be overlooked by counsel focused solely on commercial matters, earning us a reputation as a leading California law firm for this type of work.

Firm Highlights

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Plastics and Recyclability Claims

Elisabeth Dorsi is moderating the plenary session "Plastics and Recyclability Claims" at the ABA’s 2023 Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint Regional CLE Program. Session Overview: This panel will discuss the...

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Under FTC’s New Proposed Rule, Employers Will No Longer Be Able to Rely on Noncompete Agreements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a rule that would prohibit the use of noncompete agreements in employment contracts. Noncompete agreements prevent employees and independent contractors from pursuing certain forms of employment &ndash...

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Bisnow: East Bay State of the Market

CJ Higley will moderate the panel "Tenant Activity, Creative Deal Structures, and Smart Investments Opportunities & Meeting Never-Ending Demand for Industrial Space" at Bisnow's annual “East Bay State of the Market" event. Click  here  for more information...

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Wage Transparency: Current and Future Requirements for Employers

Holly Sutton is speaking at the session "Wage Transparency: Current and Future Requirements for Employers" at HR West's 2023 conference. Session Overview: The session will address the current wage transparency posting and reporting requirements for California employers and related...

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Federal and California Taxpayer Relief: Reprieve From Wet Winter Weather

2023 started California off with weather that escapes recent memory. Rain, snow, and surf seemed unrelenting for the first two weeks of January. While this spell of winter storms has brought snow to our...

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Discovery Builders Wins Complete Defense Ruling at Trial

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel secured a complete defense victory at trial on behalf of developer Discovery Builders, Inc. and co-defendants in a lawsuit by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in...

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Jaya Bajaj Named to Lawyers of Color Hot List 2022

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California’s New Pay Transparency Law

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Every January brings a slew of new laws that take effect at the federal and state level, and it seems that there are...

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Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2023 New Partner Class

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Privacy Policy Best Practices for Nonprofits

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . I’m happy to have my colleague Nate Garhart back for a discussion on privacy laws and how they affect website content development and online...

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