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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PFAS Litigation Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at Law Seminars International's PFAS Litigation Conference program, "Lines of Defense" on December 10. Details: Assessing and choosing among the legal options for defending toxic tort, mass tort, and...

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On January 1, 2020, several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor take effect. We will explain the upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first update...

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WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium

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Ashley Breakfield Appointed to CREW Network Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

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End of a Decade - Checklist for California Nonprofits

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought about our customary note to nonprofit officers and directors to take a few moments to confirm that important year-end responsibilities have not been overlooked. But since this...

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Dan Cohn Named to Jewish Community Federation Board of Directors

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

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Are Losses Resulting from Phishing Incidents Covered by Crime Policies Insuring Against Computer Fraud?

It is an all-too-common dilemma. As phishing schemes have become more prevalent and more sophisticated, businesses of all sizes have fallen victim to these attacks where a fraudster will use a spoofed email or other...

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Hemp Legal Limbo Challenges Sonoma County's Delta Separations, Other Equipment Makers

Ryan Lowther provided commentary in a North Bay Business Journal article discussing banking and regulatory challenges facing the hemp industry. Read the full article, here .

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