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May 30, 2023 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Earns Mansfield Certification Plus Status
Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that it has achieved Midsize Mansfield Certification Plus. The firm completed a rigorous 18-month collaboration with Diversity Lab—from September 15, 2021 to March 14, 2023—to track, measure, and achieve diversity in...
May 18, 2023 Media Coverage
Big Tech Breathes Sigh of Relief After Justices' Terror Rulings
Law360
Erik Olson spoke to Law360 for the article "Big Tech Breathes Sigh of Relief After Justices' Terror Rulings," covering the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review whether Section 230 insulates online platforms from claims that their algorithms amplified the...
May 9, 2023 Announcement
Farella Affirms Commitment to Downtown San Francisco With Office Move
10+-Year, Nearly 40K-Square-Foot Lease in Financial District, One Block from Previous Home Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce a relocation of its San Francisco office to One Bush Plaza, located on Bush Street...
April 27, 2023 Announcement
Farella Awards 2023 Diversity Scholarships to Bay Area Law Students
Farella Braun + Martel’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Belonging Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2023 Diversity Scholarship grants totaling $45,000 to Bay Area first-year law students Anna Judson, Ju Lee, and Lorena Ortega-Guerrero. For 23...
April 3, 2023 Media Coverage
Mid-Sized Firm Focus: What's on the minds of marketers?
KHS People Blog
David Bruns, Farella's director of client services, spoke to Kate Harry Shipham, principal at KHS People, for the blog post "Mid-Sized Firm Focus: What's on the minds of marketers?" Read the full article:  http://www.khspeople.com/blog/april-02nd-2023
March 27, 2023 Announcement
Aviva Gilbert Named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Aviva Gilbert has been named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2023. Aviva joins a select group of experienced lawyers from diverse backgrounds...
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March 7, 2023
Profile in Women Leadership - Mary McCutcheon
Farella is proud to honor Women’s History Month. Our women lawyers and staff have imparted and continue to provide significant value in making Farella the firm it is today. To demonstrate this outsized impact, we have launched our inaugural...
March 7, 2023 Media Coverage
WhatsApp and Facebook Take the NSO Group to Court
Shoot The Messenger: Espionage, Murder, & Pegasus Spyware
Kyle McLorg was interviewed for the  Shoot The Messenger: Espionage, Murder, & Pegasus Spyware  investigative podcast episode “WhatsApp and Facebook Take the NSO Group to Court” produced by Exile Media in collaboration with The Committee To Protect Journalists, where...
March 1, 2023 Announcement
Farella Advises TILT Holdings Inc. on $86.7 Million Debt Refinancing
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel advised TILT Holdings Inc. , a global provider of cannabis business solutions that include inhalation technologies, cultivation, manufacturing, processing, brand development, and retail, on a series of transactions to refinance its $86.7...
February 22, 2023 Media Coverage
Justices Don't Appear Ready To Overturn Social Media Liability Law
Daily Journal
Erik Olson, an intellectual property partner and co-chair of Farella's Platforms Group, spoke to the Daily Journal for the article "Justices Don't Appear Ready To Overturn Social Media Liability Law."  The article covered the U.S. Supreme Court arguments in a...
February 16, 2023 Media Coverage
Judges Are Trying to Squeeze in More Trial Dates to Clear Court Backlogs
The Recorder
Farella partner and trial lawyer Karen Kimmey spoke to The Recorder  for the article, "Judges Are Trying to Squeeze in More Trial Dates to Clear Court Backlogs," discussing how lawyers are changing how they prepare for trial, turning to technology and communicating...
February 3, 2023 Media Coverage
PNC Scores a Win in Battle With USAA Over Mobile Check Deposit Patents
American Banker
Eugene Mar, intellectual property litigation partner and chair of the Technology Industry Group, spoke to American Banker for the article "PNC Scores a Win in Battle With USAA Over Mobile Check Deposit Patents." "My general sense is that both...
February 2, 2023 Announcement
Sarah Good Appointed to California State Bar Board of Trustees
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that Partner and Chief Talent and Inclusion Officer Sarah A. Good has been appointed to the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees – the bar’s governing...
January 17, 2023 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2023 New Partner Class
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the elevation of three lawyers to the partnership effective January 1, 2023: Ashley Breakfield, Sushila Chanana, and Rebecca Stephens. “We are thrilled to congratulate and welcome these...
January 5, 2023 Announcement
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 response to the discovery of...
December 20, 2022 Announcement
Jaya Bajaj Named to Lawyers of Color Hot List 2022
Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Jaya Bajaj has been named to Lawyers of Color’s 2022 Hot List. The annual list recognizes early- to mid-career attorneys excelling in the legal profession. Lawyers of Color is a...
December 1, 2022 Accolades
Kelly Matayoshi Receives 2022 Barristers Diversity Award
Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partner Kelly Matayoshi has received the 2022 Barristers Diversity Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Barristers Club. The award was presented at the 14th Annual Barristers Club...
November 3, 2022 Announcement
Farella Receives American Antitrust Institute 2022 Antitrust Enforcement Award
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that it has received a 2022 Antitrust Enforcement Award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice” from the American Antitrust Institute (AAI). Farella lawyers Christopher...
October 28, 2022 Announcement
Farella Represents Mission Clean Energy in Financing Deal
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel advised utility scale renewable energy developer Mission Clean Energy, LLC in connection with private equity firm Wafra Inc.’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Mission Clean Energy. Commentary from Mission Clean...
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October 13, 2022 Announcement
Ashley Breakfield Elected 2023 President-Elect of CREW SF
Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Ashley E. Breakfield has been elected president-elect of the Commercial Real Estate Women of San Francisco (CREW SF) Board of Directors. She will serve a one-year term beginning January 1...
October 13, 2022 Media Coverage
Section 230's Broad Liability Shield Seen as Living on Borrowed Time
Communications Litigation Today
Erik Olson spoke to Communications Litigation Today for the article, "Section 230's Broad Liability Shield Seen as Living on Borrowed Time," discussing the implications of the coming SCOTUS decision in Gonzalez .  In the article, Erik said SCOTUS justices...
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October 6, 2022 Announcement
Tim Horgan-Kobelski Named a Rising Star in IP by Managing IP
Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Tim Horgan-Kobelski has been named among Managing IP ’s Rising Stars in IP for 2022. The special publication recognizes some of the best up-and-coming intellectual property practitioners in private practice who...
October 3, 2022 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2023
Farella Braun + Martel continues to be ranked among the top litigation firms in California in the  Benchmark Litigation  2023 guide. Farella was ranked “Highly Recommended” for Dispute Resolution in California and earned a Tier 1 San Francisco ranking...
September 29, 2022 Announcement
Lawyers on the Fast Track: Aviva Gilbert and Janice Reicher
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partners Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher were named among The Recorder ’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track” as part of the publication’s 2022 California...
September 27, 2022 Media Coverage
New Law Will Expand Pay Transparency Requirements in California
The Recorder
Holly Sutton and Hillary Marks spoke to The Recorder about California's pay transparency act, SB 1162, for the article "New Law Will Expand Pay Transparency Requirements in California." Read the article here  (subscription required). Starting January 1, 2023, employers...
September 14, 2022 Announcement
Who’s Who Legal 2022 Recognizes Farella Lawyers
Five Farella Braun + Martel lawyers have been recommended by Who’s Who Legal 2022 as leading practitioners in their fields. Who’s Who Legal – Environment 2022 James Colopy – Environment Robert Hines – Environment David Lazerwitz – Environment Chris...
September 13, 2022 Announcement
Jeff Hamilton Listed Among Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers by Cannabis Law Report
Farella Partner Jeff Hamilton has been listed among the Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers 2022/2023 by Cannabis Law Report. In his cannabis practice, Jeff represents investors and investment funds, cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, and ancillary businesses in commercial transactions and general...

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Important Changes and the Impact of California Industry-Specific Minimum Wage Laws

In the ever-evolving landscape of California labor laws, the minimum wage has once again taken center stage. With the recent state-wide increase to $16 per hour, the Golden State continues to lead the nation...

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Navigating California's Workplace Violence Prevention Law

California has introduced a new requirement compelling most employers to implement a workplace violence prevention policy by July 1, 2024. The implications of this law are significant, prompting the need for human resource executives...

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Lawdragon Names 7 Farella Lawyers Among “Leaders in Environmental Law”

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...

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Navigating California's Evolving Legal Landscape Governing Leaves of Absence

California’s employment laws are no stranger to change, and recent years have witnessed the introduction or modification of various protected leaves by employees. In this article, we will delve into three significant leave categories...

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Brookfield Forecloses on 2,150-Unit Veritas Portfolio With Uncontested $464M Bid

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in The Real Deal  article, "Brookfield forecloses on 2,150-unit Veritas portfolio with uncontested $464M bid." Read the full article  here  (subscription may be...

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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...

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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...

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Scraping Battles: Meta Loses Legal Effort to Halt Harvesting of Personal Profiles

Alex Reese spoke to Matt Fleischer-Black of  Cybersecurity Law Report about the Meta v. Bright Data decision and its impact on U.S. scraping case law. Read the article here (paywall or trial).

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Navigating California's New Rebuttable Presumption Law

The ever-evolving landscape of employment laws in California has introduced a notable change with the implementation of a new law that establishes a rebuttable presumption of retaliation in some circumstances. This law, which took...

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Navigating Cannabis in the Workplace: A Guide for California Corporations

The landscape surrounding cannabis in the workplace is rapidly evolving, posing challenges for California corporations and businesses to establish effective policies and procedures. As the use of cannabis, both medical and recreational, becomes more...

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