Biography

Lee Philipson is a trial lawyer in Farella Braun + Martel’s Wine Country Office in St. Helena. 

With deep roots in California’s wine country, Lee assists wineries and vineyards resolve difficult code enforcement matters. He supervised the Environmental/Consumer Affairs Division of the Napa County District Attorney’s office for ten years. He most recently served as chief deputy district attorney in the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and previously worked as a deputy district attorney and an assistant district attorney in the Napa County District Attorney’s Office.

Lee has almost 40 years of trial experience both prosecuting and defending large, and sometimes high profile, complex cases. In 2002, he was named the “Prosecutor of the Year” by the California District Attorneys’ Association.

Firm Highlights

News

A Major Victory for hiQ Labs, Ninth Circuit Upholds Its Right to Access Publicly Available LinkedIn Data

In a blockbuster ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed startup hiQ Labs, Inc.’s preliminary injunction (PI) against LinkedIn granted by Judge Edward Chen of the United States District Court for the Northern...

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Melissa S. Hung Named a 2019 Asian American Bar Association LEAD Fellow

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Changing Climate, Changing Laws: Addressing CEQA’s New Wildfire Risk Requirements in Project Development

Wildfires pose an increasingly serious threat to the public and environment in California. So it should be no surprise that the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) amended Appendix G of California Environmental...

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CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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San Francisco COPA Program Rules Released

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) released program rules for the Community to Purchase Act (COPA) on September 3, 2019. The recently enacted COPA program (codified in Chapter 41B of the...

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California Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies That the Notice-Prejudice Rule Is a Fundamental Public Policy That May Override Choice of Law Provisions

In  Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company , the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule [1]  is a fundamental public policy...

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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INSIGHT: Are Your Employees Using Messaging Apps for Business Communications? Understanding Compliance Implications

Employees are using ephemeral messaging apps—where messages “disappear"—but do they? Farella Braun + Martel attorneys lay out legal pitfalls and compliance issues and the digital minefield that arises when employees don’t use company-sanctioned email...

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Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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