Biography

Lara Gilman is the Chair of the Private Client Group, where she counsels individuals and families on estate and succession planning. Lara has extensive experience integrating and simplifying the complexities of wealth succession strategy and execution for individuals, families and businesses. She specializes in advising high net worth clients, frequently acting as a de facto general counsel, often in concert with a family office. In this role, she advises clients on a broad range of legal topics related to their personal, business and financial activities.

A family wealth practice operates at the junction of technical legal expertise and a client’s personal and family situation and objectives. Lara views her role as understanding and facilitating the client’s goals. Because her clients are always time-pressed, Lara applies a direct and highly personal approach that emphasizes making the engagement as easy for the client as possible – she strives to understand what the client is concerned about, and then helping them get there.

Lara is particularly skilled at explaining complex concepts to clients in understandable, meaningful ways. Her clients appreciate her honest, straightforward approach.

Lara offers practical advice to comprehensively plan for the distribution and protection of her client’s estates. Given that this work frequently has intergenerational components, she often also assists in advising and helping educate the next generation on the opportunities and responsibility that come with their role in management of the family’s assets. With her unique blend of experience as an estate planning, probate, business and tax attorney, Lara is a trusted advisor who helps manage all aspects of family wealth planning.

Distinctions

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California
  • Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute (2009) 
  • Northern California Super Lawyers in the area of Estate & Probate
  • Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts and Estates.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • San Francisco Estate Planning Council
  • Family Firm Institute

Firm Highlights

Publication

Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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Daily Journal Names Jeff Fisher Among Top IP Lawyers in California

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Event

North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

Barbara Murphy, Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens, speakers, Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Event

CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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Publication

Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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News

How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2019

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