Biography

Lauren Galbraith advises individuals and families on all aspects of estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, and business succession planning.  She specializes in planning in connection with closely held businesses and real property holdings such as wineries, vineyards, and wine-related businesses. She administers estates with these types of illiquid assets, as well.

Much of Lauren’s work integrates family objectives with business strategy. She implements techniques to eliminate or minimize estate tax, for example, and to defer the payment of estate tax, which can allow a business to remain family-owned or give the family the freedom to decide whether management should be vested in the next generation or outside managers. She is experienced in planning around California property taxes.

She assists with philanthropic activities, including the formation and administration of private foundations and public charities. She has advised donors of substantial charitable gifts to major museums and hospitals, and prepared related gift agreements.

Lauren is skillful at identifying and addressing potential conflicts before they occur. She has drafted co-tenancy and buy-sell agreements to facilitate joint ownership of property and businesses. Her practice also includes privacy planning to limit publicly available information about individuals and their holdings. 

She often works closely with financial advisors and accountants, and frequently integrates herself into ongoing operating teams of consultants.  She taps into her professional network to make introductions as appropriate, for example to an employment attorney when workplace issues arise, or to appraisers, art advisors and other specialty service providers. 

Lauren’s compassionate and detailed approach provides peace of mind for her clients through their various life events. Her good judgment, excellent communication skills, warmth and responsiveness contribute to her effectiveness as a lawyer and trusted advisor to clients, their families and their businesses.

Distinctions

  • Recommended, Legal 500 United States - Not-for-Profit (2021)

Firm Highlights

Publication

Cannabis Farms in the Neighborhood: Water, Contaminants and Other Proximate Matters

Farella's Buzz Hines, and guest speakers Kari Campbell-Bohard from EpicVeg and Lompoc Valley Cooling and Robert Schultz from Geo Blue Consulting, for a discussion on "Cannabis Farms in the Neighborhood: Water, Contaminants and Other...

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Preparing Your Organization for California’s New Employment Laws in 2022 (Webinar)

Join Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens at our next Nonprofit Education Series discussing "Preparing Your Organization for California’s New Employment Laws in 2022."  Each year in California, the new year brings new employment laws...

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New Year, New Updates in CCPA Litigation

Sushila Chanana is speaking at the “New Year, New Updates In CCPA Litigation” webinar hosted by the Intellectual Property Section of the California Lawyers Association. Topic Overview:  There has been an uptick in data...

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Farella Represents Community Groups in Successful Challenge of Disastrous Trump-Era CRA Rule Changes

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its final rule on December 14 completely rescinding the agency's harmful 2020 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule that unlawful gutted anti-redlining rules. The OCC...

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Swinerton Completes Sale of Renewable Energy Division and SOLV, Inc.

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented Swinerton Incorporated in the disposition of its renewable energy division Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) and wholly-owned subsidiary SOLV, Inc. to private equity firm American Securities...

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Farella Represents Next Green Wave in Agreement to Sell to Planet 13

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel acted as U.S. counsel in representing California seed-to-shelf cannabis producer  Next Green Wave Holdings (NGW) in its definitive arrangement agreement to be sold to Nevada-based cannabis...

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Bisnow: East Bay Boom!

Brent Saldaña will moderate Bisnow's “East Bay Boom!” What You'll Learn: The East Bay has emerged as a growing life science cluster. How are owners and developers capitalizing on increased investment in the market and sector...

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AB 525: Laying the Foundation for California's Offshore Wind Industry

Through Assembly Bill (AB) 525, California joined the flurry of activity in the offshore wind industry in 2021 led by the Biden Administration. While offshore wind development in California has lagged behind efforts on...

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New California Employment Laws in 2022

The California Legislature passed and Governor Newsom signed several new or amended employment laws covering topics ranging from non-disparagement and separation agreements, the California Family Rights Act, and warehouse production quotas. Unless otherwise noted...

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Disaster Matters: Property Insurance and the Wine Industry

Farella's Alexis Sinclair with guest speakers: Marc Levine from California's 10th Assembly District, Michael Miiller from California Association of Winegrape Growers, Mike Ryan from InterWest, and Jed Taborski from Silicon Valley Bank, discuss "Disaster Matters...

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