Insights
Firm News

Farella Braun + Martel Grows Partnership With Three Elevations

February 19, 2008 Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19, 2008 - Farella Braun + Martel has elevated three attorneys to partner: David J. Lazerwitz, David E. Stoll and Carl E. Switzer.

"We are thrilled to welcome David, Dave and Carl to our partnership. These outstanding lawyers have already made significant contributions to the firm and our clients," said firm Chairman Steve Lowenthal. "They embody Farella Braun + Martel's blend of high quality legal services and creativity and dedication to our clients."

Lazerwitz represents and counsels public and private clients in environmental and natural resources compliance, permitting and litigation matters.  His practice focuses on water quality, wetlands, endangered species, environmental impact analysis and hazardous waste regulation.  Lazerwitz received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law (1995), his M.P.A. in environmental policy and natural resources management from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (1995) and his B.A., cum laude, in political science from Colorado College (1988).  He is a former appellate litigator with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Stoll concentrates on intellectual property and business transactions, splitting his time between the firm's San Francisco and St. Helena, Calif. offices.  Stoll advises a variety of businesses on the development, exploitation and protection of intellectual property, particularly technology transactions and trademark prosecution and protection.  He also counsels winery and vineyard clients in regard to grape contracts, mergers and acquisitions, consulting arrangements and on the use and protection of wine-related trademarks and trade names.  Additionally, he represents many emerging growth companies in all aspects of corporate and LLC formation, governance and financing strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic partnering and technology sharing arrangements.  Stoll earned his J.D. from Stanford University (1998) and his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (1993).

Switzer maintains a construction litigation practice emphasizing complex disputes, such as those involving delay, defect and breach of contract claims.  He also litigates on behalf of a variety of other businesses involved in partnership, real estate and contractual disputes.  Switzer served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  He earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (2000) and his A.B. in political science and rhetoric and communications from the University of California, Davis (1996).   

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. Farella Braun + Martel is a Green Business.

Contacts:
Melinda Hepp / Traci Stuart
Blattel Communications
415.397.4811
[email protected] / [email protected]

Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel
415.954.4433
[email protected]



 

Firm Highlights

Publication

Changing Climate, Changing Laws: Addressing CEQA’s New Wildfire Risk Requirements in Project Development

Wildfires pose an increasingly serious threat to the public and environment in California. So it should be no surprise that the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) amended Appendix G of California Environmental...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Read More
Event

PFAS Litigation Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at Law Seminars International's PFAS Litigation Conference program, "Lines of Defense" on December 10. Details: Assessing and choosing among the legal options for defending toxic tort, mass tort, and...

Read More
Publication

Re-Imagining Environmental Governance: The Future of Environmental Law

Not to dwell on the past, but I have been struck of late reading obituaries of certain leading figures in environmental law by a recurrent theme, which is essentially captured by the following quote...

Read More
News

Farella Assists Patagonia With Challenge to Federal Agencies’ Weakening of ESA Protections

Read More
Publication

California's Bold Step Forward Into the Contentious World of Wetlands Regulation

Read More
News

Chris Locke Joins Marin County Bar Association Board of Directors

Read More
Publication

Accessory Dwelling Units Authorized in New Construction

New legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on June 18 now authorizes the addition of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in new construction projects for single-family homes and multi-family buildings. The City...

Read More
News

Farella Represents Morphe Founders in Sale to General Atlantic

Read More
Publication

Emerging Contaminants: Coming to an NRD Site Near You!

What Are Emerging Contaminants? Emerging contaminants are chemicals in the environment for which the health risks—both human and ecological—remain unknown. They are also sometimes called contaminants of emerging concern, since the chemicals, or products...

Read More