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Farella Braun + Martel Forms New Private Clients Group

April 12, 2006 Press Release

San Francisco, CA (April 12, 2006) – Farella Braun + Martel LLP today announced the formation of a Private Clients Group.  The cross-discipline practice was created to address the unique needs of high net worth individuals and their families.  The Private Clients Group is comprised of attorneys in diverse areas of the law including tax, estate planning, business transactions, real estate, intellectual property, construction and litigation.

“Farella Braun + Martel is committed to providing our clients with focused, individualized and responsive service through the full range of personal, family and business issues they face,” said Daniel E. Cohn, partner in the firm’s new practice group and chair of FBM's Business Department.  “Our Private Clients Group embodies the values and traditions of FBM.  For decades we have been committed to our relationships with entrepreneurs, investors and their families and the Private Clients Group formalizes this commitment.”

Private Clients Group partner Karen K. Yuen commented, “Farella Braun + Martel maintains a unique position in the legal market, integrating the firm’s broad capabilities and deep experience with our ability and desire to build close, personal relationships with our clients.  Through our long-term relationships, the Private Clients Group helps our individual and family clients develop the best approach for each specific situation.”

The Private Clients Group’s focus will include assisting high net worth individuals, their families and the companies in which they are involved with matters such as:
  • Angel, venture capital and subsequent investments in private companies
  • Company formation and joint venture relationships
  • Family business restructuring and succession planning
  • Construction contracts and disputes for real estate projects and residences
  • Land use, zoning, natural resources and other environmental concerns
  • Vineyard and winery specific matters including complex marketing and distribution agreements and grape contracts
  • Fractional ownership programs for aircraft and luxury residences
  • Duties and responsibility of service on boards of directors, both for-profit and non-profit entities
  • Trust and probate litigation and heir disputes

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. 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.

Press Contact: 
Cheryl Loof, 415.954.4433