Insights
Firm News

Farella Braun + Martel Files Amicus Brief Opposing Proposition 8

January 26, 2009 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO (January 26, 2009) - Lawyers at Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of a coalition of advocacy groups opposing Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that bans same-sex marriage.  Farella's amicus brief focused on the negative and stigmatic impact the measure has on the current and future children of same-sex parents. 

The groups represented by Farella on the brief include: The Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, Family Equality Council; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Therapists Association; the Human Rights Campaign; The Human Rights Campaign Foundation; Kids in Common; Legal Services for Children; the National Black Justice Coalition; National Center for Youth Law; the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation; PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays Inc.) and the San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

"In the debate over Proposition 8, the interests of children, who have no political voice in this matter, have not been given as much attention, and yet, this vulnerable group has and will suffer significantly under this measure," noted Farella associate Brett Wheeler, who spearheaded the efforts.  The appellate team included Grace Won, David Ismay, Julie Wahlstrand, and Fernando Esponda.  "As lawyers, we knew that this was an important brief to write, but when we announced to the entire firm that we had filed it, the outpouring of support and thanks from attorneys and staff made us realize how much this issue impacts us all," said Ms. Won, a litigation partner and the firm's pro bono coordinator. 

A copy of Farella's brief can be found here.  The firm was particularly gratified to see that its arguments were cited the reply briefs by the Petitioners Strauss and City of San Francisco.  Argument on the matter is scheduled for March 5, 2009. 

Farella Braun + Martel represents clients throughout the United States and abroad in sophisticated business transactions and high-stakes commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Founded in 1962, the firm is headquartered in San Francisco and maintains an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry. Farella Braun + Martel lawyers are known for their imaginative legal solutions, dynamism and intellectual creativity. With an unwavering service ethic and interdisciplinary team approach, the firm is committed to advancing clients' objectives in the most effective, coordinated and efficient manner. Farella Braun + Martel is a Green Business. 

Firm Highlights

News

Farella Assists San Francisco Flower Mart With Development Project

Farella Braun + Martel represented the master tenant of the San Francisco Flower Mart in renegotiating its agreements with Kilroy Realty Corp., including a long-term master lease to permanently relocate the Flower Mart to...

Read More
News

Sushila Chanana Named to 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Sushila Chanana has been named a member of the 2020 class of Fellows participating in a landmark program created by...

Read More
News

North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims

Tyler Gerking, chair of Farella's Insurance Recovery Group, was quoted in the Napa Valley Register article, "North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims." In the article, Tyler said he would expect...

Read More
Event

Risk Management Summit for Agriculture and Cannabis

Rebecca Stephens will be presenting the topic "A Closer Look at Ag/Cannabis Employment Issues Surfacing in 2020" at Newfront Insurance's Risk Management Summit for Agriculture & Cannabis. Join us for a free, all-day event...

Read More
Event

2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law

Rebecca Stephens will be speaking at the 2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law session, "Marijuana in the Workplace." Details: According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of...

Read More
Event

ABA 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime

Jessica Nall will be speaking at the 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime session, "Updates in Cybercrime: Are We Fighting an Impossible Battle?" Details: Information security has now become an essential part of corporate...

Read More
Publication

Another Federal Circuit Finds Phishing Loss Covered Under Crime Policy

Companies of all sizes have fallen victim to attacks whereby fraudsters will use deceptive communications, such as spoofed emails, to trick an employee into transferring money into the fraudsters’ control. While these increasingly prevalent...

Read More
Publication

Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office

Click here for the audio recording of the webinar "Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office.

Read More
Publication

Your Retirement Planning and the SECURE Act

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (or SECURE Act), signed into law on December 20, 2019, changes retirement planning significantly and unexpectedly. The bulk of the changes become effective as of January...

Read More
Publication

Strategy Lessons From Wells Fargo Fintech Patent Litigation

United States Automobile Association (USAA) is a financial services company that provides insurance, banking, investment, and retirement products and services for members of the military and their families. On June 7, 2018, USAA filed...

Read More