Biography

Jerome I. (Jerry) Braun and two partners founded the firm, now known as Farella Braun + Martel LLP, in 1962. In a long career at the bar he has maintained a diverse trial and appellate practice in areas such as commercial litigation, complex and multi-district litigation, securities regulation, antitrust, and legal malpractice. He has concentrated on federal practice and on his work as an arbitrator and mediator, and has served the federal courts as special master. He was the proponent of California Supreme Court Rule 29.5 (permitting certification of questions of state law by federal appellate courts).  He is serving a two year term (2015-2016) as president of The Other Bar, a network of recovering lawyers, law students and judges throughout California.

Mr. Braun is active in Ninth Circuit governance issues, and on behalf of Stanford University and Jewish philanthropies.  He was honored by The Other Bar with its inaugural 2016 Edward Train Caldwell Service Award in recognition of “extraordinary service to The Other Bar and the California legal profession.” In 2013, he was the recipient of the Hazelden Legal Professionals Program’s second annual “Hazelden Excellence in Legal Community Leadership Award.” In 2005, Mr. Braun was awarded the Ninth Circuit’s highest accolade, the John P. Frank Award, recognizing an outstanding lawyer practicing in the federal courts of the western United States.  In 1999, he received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award as “a senior lawyer practicing in the Ninth Circuit whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.” 

Mr. Braun is the author of many articles in professional and scholarly publications, including articles on the precedential value of unpublished opinions, a comprehensive study of the California anti-SLAPP law in the U.C. Davis Law Review, and another article on the anti-SLAPP law in the McGeorge Law Review. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Appellate Law since 2007 and has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list (2004-2009).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Law Institute (Member)
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (Fellow)
  • California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (past President)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Member)
  • Ninth Circuit Senior Advisory Board (past Chair)
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (past Chair, lawyer delegates)
  • Ninth Circuit Historical Society (past President; Director)
  • Northern District of California Historical Society (past Director)
  • American Judicature Society (past Director)
  • American Bar Foundation
  • San Francisco Bar Foundation
  • Stanford University Law School (past Visitor)
  • Jewish Community Federation (past President)
  • Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (past Director)
  • Three years of service in the United States army (c.1950)

Firm Highlights

News

Farella Represents Catalyze in Its Acquisition of PermaCity

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented leading national independent power producer Catalyze  as due diligence counsel in its acquisition of solar developer and installer  PermaCity . Based in Boulder, Colorado, Catalyze...

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Complying With the TCPA After the Facebook Supreme Court Decision

Many cannabis dispensaries rely heavily on text messaging marketing programs to reach their customers and to create loyalty in an increasingly competitive market. While text messaging programs may be an effective marketing tool, they...

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California Cannabis Businesses Face Costly Peril With Marketing Robocalls, Attorney Says

Cynthia Castillo spoke at the 2021 North Coast Cannabis Conference underwritten by Farella Braun + Martel and presented by the North Bay Business Journal. Cynthia spoke on trends in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2021 Best Places to Work: #1 Among Large Companies

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Employment Law Issues to Consider Before Including Work Made for Hire Clauses in Contractor Agreements

For most employers, it is important to own the intellectual property rights in written and/or graphic work commissioned from independent contractors.  But including a Work Made for Hire Clause (“WMFH Clause”) in an independent...

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Management Anti-Harassment Training for Exempt Organization Professionals

California employment law requires employers in every industry, including  exempt organizations to create a workplace safe from harassment, discrimination, bullying, and sexual predation. The responsibility for this mandatory training falls on employers, and when...

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New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know

Join Buzz Hines and John Ugai, along with guest speakers, Timothy Simpson and Mehran Ebrahimi from GSI Environment Inc, in the discussion on "New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know." The new...

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Turmoil in the SPAC Market: What Private Tech Companies Should Consider Before Going Public Via a SPAC

In the spring of 2021, one of the hottest markets—the market for special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs—has “screeched to a halt,” according to CNN . As the SPAC market grew red hot in...

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California Cannabis Appellation Program

The specific location of a product’s origin is more important with some products than others.  Wine is the classic example, as the dirt and surrounding climate in which grapes are grown can have a...

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Farella Names Rebecca Stephens and Nadia Arid As LCLD 2021 Pathfinders

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that senior associate Rebecca Stephens and associate Nadia Arid were selected to be members of the 2021 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders...

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