Experience

  • Claims Litigation
  • Defect Litigation

Hanson v. Cable (1st Dist. Court of Appeal 2015)

Represented an NFL football team before the trial court, Court of Appeal, and California Supreme Court in a high-profile employment dispute turning on the enforceability of a coach’s arbitration agreement. We confirmed the underlying arbitration award, prevailed on appeal, and successfully opposed Supreme Court review.

San Francisco Millennium Tower Litigation

Represented international design firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Inc., designer of the San Francisco Transit Terminal, in numerous lawsuits related to the adjacent 400-unit Millennium Tower. The 58-story luxury condominium complex has been sinking and tilting since its construction. A tentative settlement was reached among the fifty-plus parties in August 2019 after almost four years of litigation.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Defended Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in a high-profile international arbitration against claims of $7.6 billion brought by Southern California Edison and its partners, arising out of the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Miotox v. Allergan

We represent the inventor and patent holder for using Botox (botulinum toxin) to treat migraine headaches, in a suit concerning the scope of royalties for follow-on (improvement) patents.

SK Foods LP

Representing the company owners, parent companies, affiliates and family trusts in defending over 14 separate proceedings brought by the bankruptcy trustee on a variety of theories.

Anthem Ventures v. Chiron

Defended Chiron against claims for $100 million regarding investments in a start-up company producing an inhalable antibiotic that would compete directly with Chiron's product.  We won the case on an Anti-SLAPP motion.

Chiron v. SourceCF

Served as local counsel and then lead trial counsel representing the Chiron Corporation (now Novartis) in a patent trial in the Northern District of California involving a Chiron drug-device combination patent. A permanent injunction was entered against the defendants.

Gen-Probe v. Chiron

Obtained a favorable settlement for Chiron (now Novartis) in this case asserting cross-claims about the rights of the parties under their collaboration agreement regarding the nucleic acid testing of blood.

Highland Hospital - County of Alameda

Represented the County of Alameda in connection with the development of a high rise acute care facility on its urban hospital campus in Oakland. Farella substituted into pending litigation for the County's prior counsel and resolved claims for tens of millions of dollars among the County, the general contractor and subcontractors.

Obayashi Corporation

Represented Obayashi, a large international contracting firm, in connection with a $30 million dispute relating to the construction of a chip-making demonstration facility. 

Firm Highlights

News

As Feds Step Up White-Collar Enforcement, Companies Face Heightened Risks

Aviva Gilbert, Farella partner and co-chair of the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Corporate Investigations Group, was quoted in the Corporate Counsel article "As Feds Step Up White-Collar Enforcement, Companies Face Heightened...

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Farella’s Family Wealth and Private Client Offerings Bolstered by Two New Partners

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Event

Navigating the Permitting Process & Expediting Projects to Build a Better City

CJ Higley is a speaker at Bisnow's San Francisco Construction & Development event "Navigating the Permitting Process & Expediting Projects to Build a Better City.” What You'll Learn: Construction costs, labor shortage, and supply...

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Publication

Continuing Use of CGL Policies to Cover Data Breach Losses

Our lives and the products and devices we use become more dependent on data by the day. As a result, cyberattacks and data breaches present everchanging risks to companies and individuals, and the importance...

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Event

Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do

Tyler Gerking is the moderator and Jennifer Bentley is a speaker at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance program "Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do.”  Guest speakers include Piper Cole and Joe Nordlinger...

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Publication

Importance of Monetizing Intellectual Property Assets of a Portfolio Company

In this Upside episode, we explore developing and monetizing intellectual property assets of a portfolio company. How does a new company go about developing a patent portfolio? And why spend the time and effort...

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Welcome to Upside: A podcast by Farella's Private Equity and Venture Capital Group

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Internal Investigations for Nonprofits: A Means of Identifying and Addressing Misconduct Before the Regulators Come Calling

The worst nightmare for most nonprofit board members is a complaint that sparks an investigation of misconduct at the organization. The ember may have been burning for some time before the board becomes aware...

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Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments (Webinar)

Stephanie Skaff and Erik Olson discuss "Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments." Web scraping has existed as long as the World Wide Web has, and as data has...

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Event

The 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Jim Colopy is a speaker at the 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages on the panel addressing "Federal Jurisdiction: Waters of the United States.” 

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