Insights
Firm News

Douglas Young Installed as President of the American College of Trial Lawyers

September 30, 2019 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel announces that Partner Douglas R. Young was installed as the 70th President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the premier professional organizations comprised of preeminent trial lawyers from the U.S. and Canada, at its Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia for a one-year term.

“It will be a great honor, and an equally great responsibility, to serve as president of the American College of Trial Lawyers for the coming year, in which the College will celebrate its 70th year of existence,” said Young. “Among other things, the College supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and the fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The responsibility of ensuring that these principles are maintained and fostered among a representative and diverse trial bar is one that I will hope to fulfill.”

A courtroom veteran, Young has tried over 35 cases to verdict and has argued over 45 appellate matters. Often hired to handle sensitive cases with complicated facts, his diverse litigation experience includes internal investigations; international antitrust or FCPA claims; intellectual property; securities; white collar criminal defense; and parallel civil, criminal, and regulatory proceedings. Young is a former president of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the McFetridge American Inn of Court, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Northern California Chapter). He is chair of the Advisory Board of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and other invitation-only trial and appellate organizations.

Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in North America. An invitation only fellowship, the College thoroughly investigates each nominee for admission and selects only those who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism, and collegiality. The College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice. In addition to Young, Farella ACTL Fellows include Jerome Braun, John MartelFour Farella ACTL Fellows, John Cooper and William Keane.

Farella Braun + Martel is a leading Northern California law firm representing corporate and private clients in sophisticated business transactions and complex commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Clients seek our imaginative legal solutions and the dynamism and intellectual creativity of our lawyers. We are headquartered in San Francisco and maintain offices in the Napa Valley that are focused on the wine industry.

Contact: Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
415.954.4433 / [email protected]

Firm Highlights

Publication

No Quarter: What Claims Doesn’t Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Protect Platform Companies Against?

Depending on what you read or who you talk to, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (47 U.S.C. § 230) (CDA) is either a tool of censorship, a shield of Big Tech that...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Shortlisted for 2022 Benchmark Litigation Awards

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel has been shortlisted for two 2022 Benchmark Litigation Awards. The firm was shortlisted for “San Francisco Firm of the Year” and Douglas R. Young was shortlisted...

Read More
News

Janice Reicher Named a 2022 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Janice Reicher has been named a member of the 2022 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows. Janice joins a select group of...

Read More
News

Farella Names Ashley Breakfield and Cynthia Castillo As Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinders

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that senior associates  Ashley Breakfield and Cynthia Castillo were selected to be members of the 2022 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders. The...

Read More
Publication

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...

Read More
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...

Read More
News

Kelly Matayoshi Recognized With 2021 Outstanding Barristers Award

Read More
Publication

The FASTER Act: What Companies Need To Know About the New Food Allergy Law

While the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act (FASTER Act) only makes a minor change to add sesame as a major food allergen, it signals the government’s intent to closely examine food...

Read More
Publication

Litigation Trends In the Private Equity and Venture Capital Space

In today's Upside episode, we explore fiduciary duty in the venture capital context. Can owners of a venture capital management company act in ways that explicitly disadvantage their business partners? Can they agree to...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Announces Five New Partners

Read More