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Farella Braun + Martel Welcomes Attorney Tiffanie De Liberty

August 18, 2009 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, CALIF., August 19, 2009 - Farella Braun + Martel adds attorney Tiffanie De Liberty, former vice president and senior counsel for the Kendall-Jackson family of companies, to the firm as special counsel.  De Liberty joins in the St. Helena and San Francisco offices and will focus on alcohol and beverage industry issues, including work with the firm's hallmark wine practice.

"Many of our attorneys are so integrally involved with wine-related businesses throughout Northern California's wine-growing region and beyond, that they are seen as industry insiders," said Steve Lowenthal, managing partner.  "Tiffanie has the added benefit of having been an insider at one of the most prominent wine operations in the nation for more than six years.  Her grasp of marketing, distribution and regulatory issues is a decided asset to our industry clients, and her hands-on experience with mergers, acquisitions and other dispositions adds even greater depth to our wine industry team."

During her tenure with Jackson Family Wines, the Santa Rosa, Calif. maker of Kendall-Jackson and over 40 other premium wine brands, De Liberty focused on alcohol beverage trade practices; sales and marketing-related issues; regulatory compliance; shipping and distribution; intellectual property; and litigation.  De Liberty was also deeply involved in wine-related company contracting, including: grape purchase, custom crush, supply, distribution, marketing and IT agreements, as well as winery and vineyard leases.  She managed the company's more than 125 trademarks for domestic and foreign wine and all litigation.  This earned De Liberty the Chairman's Special Recognition Award for outstanding service in 2006.

Prior to joining Jackson Family Wines, De Liberty was a member of the corporate practice at Latham & Watkins.

De Liberty is a member of the State Bar of California and Illinois, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, International Trademark Association and The University of Chicago Bay Area Chicago Society.  She also dedicates time to and served on the Board for Legal Aid of Sonoma County.  De Liberty earned her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School (1995) and her B.A. from The University of Chicago (1992).

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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