Biography

Frank Farella, a founding partner of Farella Braun + Martel, maintains a diverse practice in corporate, financial and international transactions.

Frank supervises many of the firm's mergers and acquisition transactions and plays a leading role in the firm's U.S. and international hotel practice, which includes Kimpton Hotels and Auberge Resorts. He led the firm's worldwide work in structuring and financing of all Regent International's hotels as well as Rafael Hotels. He also was responsible for representation of the Swig Investment Company in connection with the sale of its 50% ownership in the Fairmont Hotels.

Frank has a long history in the wine and beverage alcohol industries and has been a key player in the growth of the Napa Valley as a world renowned wine market. He leads the ongoing representation of several premium Napa Valley wineries and vineyards, as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions. Frank served on the Board of Directors of the Robert Mondavi Corporation and represented Robert Mondavi with respect to his philanthropic activities, including the establishment of the Robert Mondavi Institute and the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis. Frank's family owns and operates a vineyard and winery in the Napa Valley, Farella Vineyard, and is a member of the Napa Valley Vintners Association.

Frank served as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco in 1978.  He chaired a California State Bar Committee and authored the California legislation requiring attorneys to arbitrate fee disputes. 

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law for almost three decades.

Firm Highlights

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PSDcast – Is Energy Companies' Customer Data a Trade Secret?

We often focus on the privacy issues involved in data collection – and they are critically important – while neglecting the idea of data as a tangible and valuable resource (and how to protect...

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Farella Advises MedMen to Win San Francisco Cannabis Retail Store Approval

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel provided national premium cannabis retailer MedMen Enterprises Inc.  with land use and permitting advice to win approval to open a new retail store on Union Street...

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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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Law Updates for California Employers: COVID Sick Leave Obligations, Meal-Period Rules, COBRA Benefits

New legislation and a recent court decision have significant implications for California employers. Certain California employers must now provide supplemental paid sick leave to employees who miss work for specified reasons related to the...

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BASF Political Speech in the Workplace

Holly Sutton is a featured panelist at the BASF Labor and Employment Section of the Barristers Club live webinar, "Political Speech in the Workplace." Details: Although the 2020 election cycle has ended, employees and...

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Farella Awards 2021 Diversity Scholarships to Three Bay Area Law Students

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Insurance for Nonprofits: Managing Risk in Risky Times

Mary McCutcheon and Cynthia Rowland will discuss "Insurance for Nonprofits: Managing Risk in Risky Times" at the April Nonprofit Education Series. Nonprofit organizations—and their directors and staff—are not immune to claims in difficult economic...

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The Advocates’ Society Spring Symposium: The Advocate Making a Difference

Douglas Young is the keynote speaker at The Advocates’ Society Spring Symposium: The Advocate Making a Difference on April 28. The Advocates' Society and the American College of Trial Lawyers invite you to attend the...

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Farella Partners in Development of La Cocina Municipal Marketplace

Farella Braun + Martel served as the pro bono legal partner to La Cocina in the development of La Cocina Municipal Marketplace in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. The nation’s first women-led food hall will...

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New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products

Donald Sobelman and Wendy Hernandez discuss "New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products." Proposition 65 requires “clear and reasonable” warnings in California for products containing chemicals on the State’s list of...

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