Insights
Firm News

Farella Braun + Martel Names New Partners Amanda Hairston and Erik Olson

January 4, 2018 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, January 4, 2018: Farella Braun + Martel LLP announces the election of senior associates Amanda Hairston and Erik C. Olson to the partnership effective January 1, 2018.

“Congratulations to Amanda and Erik on this significant career achievement honoring their hard work and demonstrated commitment to the firm and to our clients,” said firm chairman Brian Donnelly. “Welcome to the partnership!”

Amanda Hairston represents corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. She has assisted clients in pursuing claims related to products liability, employment class actions, SEC investigations, shareholder litigation, intellectual property claims, technology errors and omissions, and mass casualty torts. Her clients include companies in the technology, healthcare, retail, and financial services industries. She performs insurance policy reviews and advises clients on insurance program renewals. Hairston served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and as an intern for the San Francisco Federal Public Defender's Office. She earned her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law (2007), where she was a member of the Hastings La Raza and the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal.

Erik Olson litigates patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, trade dress, and right of publicity infringement actions, as well as disputes over licensing royalties and ownership of intellectual property.  His cases have involved biotechnology, nanocrystals, electrochromic glass, data centers, corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST), WiFi, USB, Android software and other technologies relating to smartphones and tablet computers. He has experience with inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in parallel with federal district court actions involving the same patents. He has represented clients in all aspects of arbitration and litigation, including Markman, summary judgment, and trial. Olson earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2008), where he was an editor of the Hastings Business Law Journal.

Farella Braun + Martel LLP is a leading Northern California law firm representing corporate and private clients in sophisticated business transactions and complex commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Clients like our imaginative legal solutions and the dynamism and intellectual creativity of our lawyers. The attorneys in each practice group work cohesively in interdisciplinary teams to advance the clients’ objectives in the most effective, coordinated and efficient manner. Founded in 1962, we are headquartered in San Francisco and maintain an office in the Napa Valley that is focused on the wine industry.  

Contact:
Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
415.954.4433 / [email protected]
Follow us on Twitter: @FarellaBraun

Firm Highlights

Publication

No Quarter: What Claims Doesn’t Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Protect Platform Companies Against?

Depending on what you read or who you talk to, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (47 U.S.C. § 230) (CDA) is either a tool of censorship, a shield of Big Tech that...

Read More
Publication

Cyber Insurance for the Cannabis Industry

Farella's Shanti Eagle (moderator), Nate Garhart and Tyler Gerking, along with guest speakers Javier Gonzalez and Michael Peters from PL Risk Advisors, discuss "Cyber Insurance for the Cannabis Industry." Cannabis businesses have cyber security...

Read More
News

51 Farella Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Forty-six Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © .  Five Farella lawyers were named to Best Lawyers: Ones to...

Read More
News

Chambers USA 2021 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys, Practices

Farella Braun + Martel announces that Chambers USA has recognized 13 lawyers and 6 practice areas in the legal directory’s 2021 edition. Individual Rankings: Tyler Gerking – Insurance: Policyholders Jeffrey Hamilton – Cannabis Law...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named to 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thirty-seven Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists of top attorneys in Northern California for 2021. 2021 Farella Northern California Super Lawyers: George Argyris – Estate...

Read More
Publication

How to Guard Against 3 Cannabis Cyber Attack Risks

Cyber attacks are now commonplace. Ransomware attacks, in particular, have skyrocketed in frequency and size. High-profile data breaches have cost businesses in the United States millions of dollars in losses and incalculable reputational harm...

Read More
News

Key Cyber Insurance Issues Hitting the Cannabis Industry

Tyler Gerking was quoted in the article "Key Cyber Insurance Issues Hitting the Cannabis Industry." Read the full article here . View full webinar below.

Read More
Publication

“Unfair Trade Practices” Exclusion Does Not Extend to Consumer Protection Claims

Two phrases combined in a single exclusion—“alleging, arising out of, based upon or attributable to any violation of any law…” and “as respects… unfair trade practices” could inspire carriers to make trouble for policyholders...

Read More
Publication

Insurance for Nonprofits: Managing Risk in Risky Times

Mary McCutcheon, Cynthia Rowland and guest speaker, Joan Dove from Gallagher, discuss "Insurance for Nonprofits: Managing Risk in Risky Times" at the April Nonprofit Education Series. Nonprofit organizations—and their directors and staff—are not immune to...

Read More
Publication

In Verizon Decision Careful Review of Insurance Policies Expands Coverage

In Verizon Communications Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa ., the Delaware Superior Court ruled that Verizon was entitled to a defense under its D&O policy for fraudulent transfer claims. Although...

Read More