Biography

Frank Farella and two partners founded the firm, now known as Farella Braun + Martel LLP, in 1962. Throughout his distinguished legal career, Frank maintained a diverse practice in corporate, financial, and international transactions.

Frank supervised many of the firm's mergers and acquisition transactions and played a leading role in the firm's U.S. and international hotel practice, which included Kimpton Hotels and Auberge Resorts. He led the firm's worldwide work in structuring and financing all of Regent International's hotels and Rafael Hotels. He also was responsible for the 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 led 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.

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. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law for almost three decades.

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law (2024)

Firm Highlights

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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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Burdened by Debt, Savvy SF Office Owners Get Creative

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...

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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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EPA Designates PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances

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...

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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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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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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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Farella Braun + Martel Earns San Francisco Green Business Recertification

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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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Farella Awards 2024 Diversity Scholarships to Bay Area Law Students

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