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Farella Braun + Martel Names Katherine Ohlandt To Lead St. Helena Office

February 5, 2009 Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, Calif. (February 5, 2009):  Farella Braun + Martel names Napa Valley family wealth attorney and Partner Katherine Ohlandt administrative head of its St. Helena, Calif. office.

"We are pleased to have Kate as head of the Wine Country office. She is an outstanding estate planning attorney and has made a name for herself throughout the Napa Valley and beyond," said firmwide chairman Steve Lowenthal. 

Opened in 1995 in response to the increasingly sophisticated needs of the region's wine industry businesses, Farella Braun + Martel is the only major San Francisco law firm with a Wine Country location.  The office has evolved to help companies and family-owned business on a variety of matters including contracts, real estate transactions, environmental and land use concerns, complex business transactions, compliance with industry regulations and laws, litigation, insurance coverage, intellectual property and brand protection, employment, bankruptcy, and tax and wealth succession planning.

With offices in both San Francisco and the Napa Valley, Farella is in a unique position to offer its clients the best of both worlds: the resources of a large, urban law firm coupled with the specialized knowledge and contacts of a local practice.  Farella's premier Family Wealth Group recently welcomed the addition of four high-level tax and estate planning attorneys. Ohlandt will assist efforts to bring this added depth to the firm's St. Helena office clients.

Ohlandt focuses on complex trust and estate matters, including development and implementation of wealth-transfer strategies, business succession plans and long-range gift plans for effective estate tax planning.  She has deep experience counseling families with closely held businesses and real property holdings, including those with wineries, vineyards, wine-related businesses, restaurant and hospitality businesses, and retail establishments.  Ohlandt also works with clients on retirement benefits planning and wills and trusts.  She is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law and is trained as a mediator on trust and estate matters.

Ohlandt received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas, Austin (1990) and her B.A. with distinction from Stanford University (1973).  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Napa Valley and on the Board of Trustees for the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation in Napa.  

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.

Melinda Hepp / Traci Stuart
Blattel Communications
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Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
[email protected]

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