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Farella Braun + Martel Practice Areas, Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2015

May 19, 2015 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 19, 2015): Farella Braun + Martel LLP announces that Chambers USA has recognized five practice areas and named 12 lawyers as leaders in their field in the legal directory’s 2015 edition.

Farella’s Construction practice received a top-tier Band 1 ranking in California, the publication’s highest distinction. The practice is also ranked highly among national Construction practices. Additional practices ranked in California include Farella’s Commercial Litigation, Environmental, Insurance Recovery, and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Farella lawyers earning a top-tier Band 1 ranking were James Bruen (Environmental), Deborah Ballati (Construction), Charles Sink (Construction) and Doug Young (White Collar Crime).

Farella practices and lawyers ranked in Chambers USA 2015 include:

Construction: Sources say, “They have handled a lot of significant cases and I have a lot of respect for them.”

Construction: Sources say, “What impresses me the most about Farella is its lawyers’ grasp of how legal issues fit within the context of our business and the cost-benefit decisions we must make in the ‘real’ world.”

Ranked attorneys include Deborah Ballati, Alan Harris, Charles Sink and Jeffrey Sykes.
Environmental: Comments include, “What amazes me is the depth that they have. I've never worked with someone from the firm who was below par or even average.”

Ranked attorneys include James Bruen, Robert Hines and Chris Locke.

Insurance (Policy Holder): Chambers notes the group’s “deep understanding of insurance work and particular strengths include D&O, E&O, property insurance policies and class action work as well as dealing with challenging cyber issues for tech clients.”

Ranked attorneys include William Friedrich, Mary McCutcheon and Tyler Gerking.

Litigation (General Commercial): Sources say, “I am very impressed with the firm; they produce extremely high-quality work, listen to the client, and offer practical sound advice along with top-notch legal skills.” “The attorneys we work with at Farella Braun are smart, strategic and responsive.”

Douglas Young is ranked in this practice area.

Litigation (White Collar Crime & Government Investigations): Sources say, “Overall it is a great firm and a great team. They are thorough but cost-effective and practical. They are client service-oriented.”

Douglas Young is ranked in this practice area.

Real Estate: Steven Vettel is ranked among the Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use attorneys in California.

While not currently ranked, Farella is recognized as a firm of note in the Intellectual Property practice area.

Chambers USA ranks both law firms and attorneys. Qualities on which the rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.  The rankings are derived from surveys and interviews with in-house counsel.

Click here to view the Chambers USA editorial for Farella Braun + Martel.

Farella Braun + Martel represents clients throughout the United States and abroad in sophisticated business transactions and high-stakes commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Farella 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. Founded in 1962, Farella is headquartered in San Francisco and maintains an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry.

Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel
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