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Farella Braun + Martel Announces New Head of Business Litigation Practice

August 8, 2005 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO (August 8, 2005):  Farella Braun + Martel LLP announces that Robert Holtzapple has been appointed to chair the firm’s Business Litigation practice.  In his new role, Holtzapple will oversee a team of 31 litigators working on a wide range of civil, criminal and regulatory matters.  Farella Braun + Martel’s Business Litigation practice represents leading telecommunications, hospitality, real estate development, retail and high technology companies

“We are very please to have Bob leading this group of top trial attorneys.  He is a very talented partner, who is recognized both within the firm and in the legal community for his outstanding practice skills, excellent client service and strong leadership qualities,” said firm chair Steven Lowenthal.

Holtzapple’s practice focuses on business litigation and intellectual property litigation, including partnership and corporate disputes, franchisor-franchisee disputes, trademark and copyright matters and trade secret claims.  He has served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  In 2004 and 2005, Holtzapple was named to the Law & Politics list of “Northern California Super Lawyers.” Holtzapple earned his J.D. at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. from Stanford University.

“I'm honored to be asked to lead this group with whom I've practiced for the last 15 years, said Bob Holtzapple.  We have incredibly talented trial lawyers in this group, and I am very excited to take on the challenges of being the group's chair.”

For over 40 years, Farella Braun + Martel has tried cases across the nation and is known as one of the country’s leading trial firms for antitrust and unfair competition, appellate litigation, contract disputes and business torts, real estate litigation, and securities and commodities litigation. Our litigators frequently act as arbitrators, mediators, or special masters.  Six of our partners are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and two are fellows of the American College of Appellate Lawyers.  

About Farella Braun + Martel’s LLP
Since its founding in 1962, Farella Braun + Martel has achieved a national reputation for the acumen of its business practice, the high profile cases of its complex commercial litigation practice and its prestigious client base. Based in San Francisco, the firm serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses. The firm also has an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry and related businesses.     

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