Farella’s Business Litigation Group, a leading trial team for over 50 years, is committed to helping clients anticipate and resolve legal threats to their business activities and projects. Our Group’s long-standing success hinges on these essential qualities: appropriate staffing for size and scope of matter; judgment—informed by experience—to accurately assess opponents, outcomes, and costs; and the strategic use of the law and procedural rules in negotiations, mediations, and trials.

Large corporations, including well-known brands such as Google, Nestle Chevron, Visa, , Dell Computer, Twitter, Novartis, Bausch and Lomb, L'Oreal, and Ghirardelli, to name a few, trust us to handle their litigation matters, particularly in Northern California but also throughout the United States. They value our technical knowledge and ability to explain complex facts to judges and juries.

While much of our work is adversarial, we also look for bottom-line solutions to disputes and strive to avoid costly bare-fisted litigation and preserve our clients’ resources and reputations.

Approach to Staffing

Unlike many litigation practices that routinely staff teams of 10, 15, or 20 lawyers to every case, we find strategic advantage in leaner staffing. Our matters are frequently staffed with smaller, highly qualified teams of a partner and two experienced associates, in which each team member has direct responsibility for the outcome. With fewer internal layers to navigate and manage, our teams become fully engaged in “solving the client’s problem” while avoiding the duplicate efforts commonly experienced in complex hierarchies. Our lawyers see how they need to split up the work and get it done cost effectively, winning all-around positive outcomes for clients.  When needed for larger, more complex matters, we will add team members, but always with the goal of solving the client’s problem in the most cost-effective manner possible.

Our partners, who have seen a variety of casework spanning industries as diverse as telecommunication, banking, media, consumer products, food and beverage, wine, retail, semiconductor manufacturing, and computer software, ensure that our associates have “early and often” exposure to making judgment calls about case strategy or, in some instances, participating at trial. A recent example is a successful trade secret case tried in San Jose, California  federal court where our most important witness, our client’s CEO, was examined on the stand by an associate team member. The associate’s work resulted in a significant decision by the jury that saved our client over 30-million-dollars in damages.

Generalist to Specialist

Farella’s Business Litigation Group possesses multi-faceted experience in matters that range from antitrust, unfair competition, and appeals to consumer class action defense, real estate litigation and contractual arbitrations, and private wealth disputes, among others.

As a team, we place a high priority on authenticity in our work and our relationships with colleagues and clients. Our attorneys and staff all know each other—we’re in one city, one office—and in many cases, they get to know our clients, too.   Our attorneys are also well-known to the local state and federal benches, which we believe gives us a strategic advantage in litigation.

To the extent that there is in-house knowledge that can help solve a client’s problem, our ability to collaborate is essential. When our litigators need advice about unique facts surrounding specific business deals or unusual concepts, we have seamless access to corporate transaction lawyers—just down the hall. Routinely, we consult with our insurance coverage lawyers on policy questions related to paying for litigation defense or a company’s liability. We also work closely with colleagues in our real estate, white collar crime, and private client practices when disputes in those areas arise.

In all cases, our clients report that they appreciate our responsiveness, the careful attention of our partners, and the value they receive from the relationship and our work. To us, our clients are not just a book of business. They are real people with complex legal problems to resolve.

Reputation Beyond Mid-Size

Our practice maintains high standards and, as such, enjoys an excellent reputation in Northern California courts—among the bar and the bench—and litigates cases in many other U.S. jurisdictions. Our lawyers routinely work significant and newsworthy cases. We genuinely enjoy practicing law and appreciate the craftsmanship and collegiality the profession affords.

Active in the legal community, our group members include former presidents of the San Francisco Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and three previous California Lawyers of the Year.

Firm Highlights

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Daily Journal Names Jeff Fisher Among Top IP Lawyers in California

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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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