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May 23, 2024 Media Coverage
City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan
CBS News
Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to make it comply with state...
May 15, 2024 Media Coverage
Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions
Law360 Real Estate Authority
Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in the Law360 Real Estate Authority article "Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions." In the article, Gary noted that there is usually language in documents that greatly...
April 22, 2024 Media Coverage
EPA Designates PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances
Chemical & Engineering News
Don Sobelman provided expert commentary in the  Chemical & Engineering News article "EPA Designates PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances." Excerpt from the article: Lawyers are warning anyone purchasing an industrial site where PFOA and PFOS were used or...
April 18, 2024 Media Coverage
Burdened by Debt, Savvy SF Office Owners Get Creative
The San Francisco Standard
Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in The San Francisco Standard article, "Burdened by Debt, Savvy SF Office Owners Get Creative." In the article, Gary explained that in most cases, lenders are loath to take...
April 15, 2024 Announcement
Farella Awards 2024 Diversity Scholarships to Bay Area Law Students
Farella Braun + Martel’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Belonging Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2024 Diversity Scholarship grants totaling $45,000 to Bay Area first-year law students Marcus Albino, Saamia Haqiq, and Na Hye (Laurel) Kim...
March 25, 2024 Media Coverage
JPMorgan Chase Accuses TransUnion of Stealing 'Trade Secrets'
American Banker
Intellectual property practice chair Eugene Mar provided expert commentary to American Banker for the article "JPMorgan Chase Accuses TransUnion of Stealing 'Trade Secrets'." In the article, he said: "By filing this as a trade secret case, Chase's lawsuit actually...
February 16, 2024 Announcement
Winston Liaw Named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Winston Liaw has been named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2024. Winston joins a select group of experienced lawyers who have distinguished...
February 2, 2024 Announcement
Lawdragon Names 7 Farella Lawyers Among “Leaders in Environmental Law”
Lawdragon
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that seven lawyers were selected to The Lawdragon Green 500: 2024 Leaders in Environmental Law . Farella lawyers selected for inclusion: Sarah Bell – Environmental Litigation Ashley...
January 17, 2024 Announcement
Farella 2024 Partner Elevations: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of two lawyers to partnership effective Jan. 1: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint. “We are thrilled to elevate Cynthia and Greg to the partnership. Both...
January 12, 2024 Announcement
Ashley Breakfield Elected 2024 President of CREW SF
Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that real estate and land use partner Ashley E. Breakfield has been elected president of the Commercial Real Estate Women of San Francisco (CREW SF) Board of Directors. She will serve...
November 7, 2023 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Earns 2024 Best Law Firms® Rankings
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel earned national and regional rankings across several practice areas in the 2024 edition of the United States Best Law Firms ® rankings by Best Lawyers ® . National Rankings Tier 1...
October 31, 2023 Media Coverage
55 New Montgomery Is in Lender’s Hands Following Foreclosure Auction
San Francisco Business Times
Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in the San Francisco Business Times article, "55 New Montgomery Is in Lender’s Hands Following Foreclosure Auction."  Read the full article here (subscription may be required).
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October 25, 2023 Media Coverage
How Farella Notched Top Workplace Rankings Under Brian Donnelly's Leadership
The Recorder
Farella Managing Partner Brian Donnelly is a California Legal Award‘s Distinguished Leaders Award finalist. He spoke to  The Recorder  about the evolution of the legal profession and how attorneys can stay ahead. Read the Q&A, "How Farella Notched Top Workplace Rankings...
September 19, 2023 Announcement
Who’s Who Legal 2023 Recognizes Farella Lawyers
Six Farella Braun + Martel lawyers have been recommended by Who’s Who Legal 2023 as leading practitioners in their fields. Who’s Who Legal – Environment 2023 James Colopy Robert Hines David Lazerwitz Chris Locke Who’s Who Legal – Insurance...
September 8, 2023 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth 2023
Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that our Private Client Industry Group and Family Wealth Partner Mark Weaver were recognized in Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide 2023 in the Private Wealth Law in Northern California section...
August 30, 2023 Announcement
Farella Advises K.R. Rombauer in Sale of Rombauer Vineyards
Farella Braun + Martel represented K.R. Rombauer III, a principal owner of Napa Valley’s Rombauer Vineyards, in the sale of the company to E. & J. Gallo’s Luxury Wine Group. E. & J. Gallo’s acquisition included the Rombauer Vineyards...
August 30, 2023 Media Coverage
USAA Wins Patent Agreement With Discover, Vows To Keep Going After Banks
American Banker
Eugene Mar spoke to American Banker for the article, "USAA Wins Patent Agreement With Discover, Vows To Keep Going After Banks." Link (subscription required): https://www.americanbanker.com/news/usaa-wins-patent-agreement-with-discover-vows-to-keep-going-after-banks Eugene said this becomes a business decision for a company like Discover. "You're looking at...

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Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth

Farella’s Linda Gilleran and Chris Rendall-Jackson and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Uday Varadarajan are presenting the session “Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth” at the ACG...

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City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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Housing Action Coalition and Farella Braun + Martel File Lawsuit Challenging the City of San Mateo’s Housing Element

Today, the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of San Mateo, challenging its recently adopted Housing Element in order to make the city comply with...

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No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

In a 6-3 majority decision in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al. , the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act entitles a copyright owner to recover damages for any...

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21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm happy to refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 21, the first of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using the...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

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San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit.

Farella's Tom Mayhew, CJ Higley, Daniel Contreras, Vanessa Ing, and Alyssa Netto were mentioned in the Daily Journal article "San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit."...

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Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in the Law360 Real Estate Authority article "Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions." In the article, Gary noted that there is usually...

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A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for various exempt “white-collar” employee categories beginning on...

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