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Farella Braun + Martel Partner Rod Thompson Elected President of Legal Community Against Violence

January 11, 2010 Accolades

SAN FRANCISCO, January 11, 2010:  Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV), a national public interest law center dedicated to preventing gun violence through legislation, litigation and education, has elected Farella Braun + Martel Partner Rod Thompson as president.  Thompson, a veteran litigator and a member of Farella's Advisory Board and its Intellectual Property Litigation Department, has served on LCAV's Board of Directors since 2001 and will serve a two-year term as president.

"LCAV is thrilled to have Rod as our next President.  His leadership and experience will be a great asset in our quest to bring under control the epidemic of gun violence in this country through sensible regulation of firearms," said Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of LCAV.  "Rod's skills will be especially useful as LCAV provides its expertise to state and local governments on how best to respond to the recent U.S. Supreme Court Second Amendment decisions from Heller (2008) and McDonald (decision expected later this year)." 

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity for LCAV, an organization that plays such a vital role in providing its legal expertise to promote gun violence prevention," said Thompson.  "Achieving effective and enforceable gun regulations and policies remains a tremendous challenge, and the lawyers of LCAV have been the leading advocates of change.  I look forward to working with the many talented lawyers at LCAV and its dedicated board of directors, as well as taking on this new and important leadership role."

Thompson is a trial lawyer with 30 years of experience in high-stakes civil litigation and trials.  His law practice at Farella Braun + Martel emphasizes complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property and antitrust cases.  He serves as an arbitrator and mediator in major technology-related controversies and as a Settlement Judge Pro Tem for unlawful detainer cases.  Thompson is a speaker and author on intellectual property, antitrust and efficient dispute resolution.

In addition to his dedication to LCAV, Thompson has held high level positions in the State Bar Litigation Section and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.  In 2009, he was named one of the "Top 75 IP Litigators in California" by the Daily Journal. 

Thompson earned his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (1980) and his B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (1977).

Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV) is a national public interest law center dedicated to preventing gun violence and is the country's only organization devoted exclusively to providing free legal assistance for policy reform to reduce gun violence. Founded on July 1, 1993 in response to the assault weapon shooting at a San Francisco law firm, LCAV is a donor-funded nonprofit focusing on policy reform at the state and local levels, marshaling the expertise and resources of the legal community to transform America's gun policies. To learn more about LCAV's services or to request assistance, visit www.lcav.org, the most comprehensive source for information on U.S. firearms regulation.

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. www.fbm.com

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

Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
415.954.4433
[email protected]

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