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Farella Braun + Martel First Green Major Law Firm in San Francisco

October 2, 2006 Announcement

Firm Receives Certification and Formalizes Commitment to Sustainability in Business Operations

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 2, 2006): Farella Braun + Martel announces its certification as a Green Business by the Bay Area Green Business Program and the formalization of its firmwide environmental policy. Farella Braun + Martel is San Francisco's first "green" major law firm. 

Going green further demonstrates the firm's commitment to practicing law with "A Different Perspective" and why Farella Braun + Martel is one of the "Best Places to Work" in the Bay Area.

"Farella Braun + Martel's certification efforts and our commitment to incorporate sustainability into our core business efforts were developed and lead by staff members who care deeply about the firm's position in the greater community " said Steve Lowenthal, chairman of Farella Braun + Martel. "Becoming an environmentally responsible business will make for a healthier workplace for our employees and help improve the quality of life for those who work and live in the Bay Area. We encourage other firms to follow our lead."

Elements of the firm's green policies and practices include: reducing, reusing and recycling; environmentally preferable purchasing; conserving energy, water and natural resources; and practicing other green business policies as per the Bay Area Green Business Program. On the Web at:

The firm has pledged to show its environmental responsibility to the community by committing to the following objectives:

  •  To comply with all applicable regulations and strive to exceed compliance.
  •  To conserve energy, water, materials, and other resources.
  •  To develop and implement practices that prevent pollution and waste.
  •  To be an environmentally responsible business within our community.

About Farella Braun + Martel 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. The San Francisco-based 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. 

Melinda Faith / Traci Stuart                                   
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Cheryl Loof, Marketing Manager
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
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