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). For many years he served as president of The Other Bar, a network of recovering lawyers, law students, and judges throughout California.

Mr. Braun has been 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 authored many articles in professional and scholarly publications, including articles on the precedential value of unpublished opinions, a comprehensive study of the California anti-SLAPP law in the U.C. Davis Law Review, and another article on the anti-SLAPP law in the McGeorge Law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.

Distinctions

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

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 (Fellow)
  • 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)
  • 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

Publication

Back to Compliance: Reinstating Tax-Exempt Status for a Charity

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In episode 85, Cynthia Rowland addresses the steps needed when a charitable organization has its tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS for failure to...

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Farella Represents Château Montrose Owners in Acquisition of Virginia’s RdV Vineyards

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented the Bouygues family’s winery enterprise, SCDM Domaines, in its purchase of RdV Vineyards in Virginia. SCDM Domaines owns a number of winery holdings in France, including...

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On Managing Leave and Accommodation Requests

Holly Sutton was interviewed by Matt Crossman of the  AccelPro Employment Law podcast for the episode "On Managing Leave and Accommodation Requests" where they talked about the do’s and don’ts of effectively managing leave rules and regulations. Click  here  to...

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Building Solutions: Modular Construction and Affordable Housing

Richard Van Duzer will moderate the panel "Building Solutions: Modular Construction and Affordable Housing" at Bisnow's Bay Area Prefab, Modular and Mass Timber Conference. Click  here  for more information.

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in New Mexico and Utah

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the 13th in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. In an earlier...

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17th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference: Natural Resource Damages

Farella Braun + Martel is a sponsor of the Law Seminars and Internationals' 17th Annual "Santa Fe" Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages.  Sarah Bell, a program co-chair, will participate on two panels: "Best...

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in Oklahoma and Texas

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the 12th in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. In previous episodes, we...

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17th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages

Farella Braun + Martel is a sponsor of the Law Seminars and Internationals' 17th Annual "Santa Fe" Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages.  Christopher Rendall-Jackson will participate on a panel titled "The Latest on the...

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Nonprofit Book Review: ABA Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In today’s episode, Cynthia Rowland’s guest is Bill Boyd, one of the editors, along with Lisa Runquist, of the newly published fourth edition of...

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News

Patrick Loi Named MCCA Sources of Success Alumni Chair

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