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author of many articles in professional and scholarly publications, including articles on the precedential value of unpublished opinions, a comprehensive study of the California anti-SLAPP law in the U.C. Davis Law Review, and another article on the anti-SLAPP law in the McGeorge Law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

Publication

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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Data Center Business Deals Gone Bad, and the Risks of the “Known in the Industry” Defense

Exploring business partnerships often involves or even requires sharing highly confidential and even trade secret information. The data center industry is no exception, and its participants have in recent years faced litigation focused around...

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Finalized Cost Benefit Rule Under Clean Air Act: Significant Regulatory Actions vs. Materially Adverse Effects

Buzz Hines is a panelist on this Strafford live webinar, "Finalized Cost Benefit Rule Under Clean Air Act: Significant Regulatory Actions vs. Materially Adverse Effects." Details: This CLE webinar will address the final rule...

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17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law

Linda Sobczynski is a featured panelist at the 17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law virtual program. Details: Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new...

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Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products Subject to New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements in California

California’s regulatory framework for cannabis and hemp-derived products, including CBD, continues to evolve, most recently via updated Proposition 65 warning requirements that came into full effect Jan. 3, 2021. As of that date, anyone...

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Farella Advises 10x Genomics on Purchase of Retail Center Site

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented Pleasanton-based biotech company 10x Genomics in its purchase of a 14.6-acre former shopping center site in Pleasanton at 1701 Springdale Ave., where it plans to...

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Nevada Links Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Case Brought by United States

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel successfully defended Nevada Links, Inc., the owner of a championship golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a $100 million lawsuit brought by the United States...

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Bisnow Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update

Julie Treppa will be speaking at Bisnow's Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update virtual program, "An Update on Opportunity Zones Today." Details: How will the Biden administration change the OZ program? Did the pandemic sideline...

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Pandemic Restriction Challenges Face Uphill Battle in California

On Dec.16, 2020, in Midway Venture LLC v. County of San Diego, the San Diego Superior Court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of two COVID-19-related California public health restrictions as applied to two adult entertainment businesses...

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Jeffrey Hamilton Named a 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

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