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

Farella Advises TILT Holdings Inc. on $10.5M Loan Transaction

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel advised TILT Holdings Inc. , a global provider of cannabis business solutions, and its Pennsylvania subsidiary, grower and processor Standard Farms, on a $10.5 million loan transaction...

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Event

21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

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Publication

REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

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News

Housing Action Coalition and Farella Braun + Martel File Lawsuit Challenging the City of San Mateo’s Housing Element

Today, the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of San Mateo, challenging its recently adopted Housing Element in order to make the city comply with...

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Publication

REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm happy to refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 21, the first of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using the...

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Publication

Navigating California Wage Statement Penalties After Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc.

On May 6, 2024, the California Supreme Court, in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc. , clarified that an employer is not liable for statutory penalties for inaccurate wage statements when it had a...

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Publication

No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

In a 6-3 majority decision in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al. , the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act entitles a copyright owner to recover damages for any...

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Publication

A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for various exempt “white-collar” employee categories beginning on...

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News

City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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News

San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit.

Farella's Tom Mayhew, CJ Higley, Daniel Contreras, Vanessa Ing, and Alyssa Netto were mentioned in the Daily Journal article "San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit."...

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