Insights
Firm News

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

Firm Highlights

Publication

Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do Now - Video

Farella's Quinn Arntsen and MaryJo Lopez with guest speaker Christopher Thompson of Napa Communities Firewise Foundation discuss "Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do Now." California is at the start of another dry year...

Read More
Publication

What California Wineries Need to Know Now to Prepare for Fire Season

California is at the start of another dry year, with increased likelihood that the North Bay will experience another active fire season. Fires are always a risk and they are always unpredictable — preparing...

Read More
Publication

How to Comply With the TCPA After the Facebook Supreme Court Decision

Many consumer products industry companies rely heavily on text messaging marketing programs to reach their customers and to create loyalty in an increasingly competitive market. While text messaging programs may be an effective marketing tool...

Read More
News

What’s Ahead for California Wine Industry With Laws and Regulations - Q&A

More than wine, area lawyers specializing in the wine business have been forced in the past year to take on a number of critical issues. That includes regulations that were put in place to help...

Read More
Publication

Hidden Liens in Custom Crush Relationships: How to Avoid Being Caught Between Creditors

Custom crush is an effective method for vintners to start and grow their label and brand without requiring the capital intensive investment of a dedicated winery. When evaluating potential custom-crush facilities and providers, wine...

Read More
News

Quinn Arntsen Named to North Bay Business Journal’s Forty Under 40

Read More
Publication

New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know

Buzz Hines and John Ugai, along with guest speakers, Timothy Simpson and Mehran Ebrahimi from GSI Environmental Inc, discuss "New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know." The new statewide General Waste Discharge...

Read More
Publication

Top 10 Practical Business Implications Arising From the Passage of the CPRA

California’s Proposition 24 passed as expected, and the new California Privacy Rights Act will change the privacy landscape created by the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), which went into effect only months ago. While...

Read More
Publication

SEC Expands Definition of “Accredited Investor” – Here Are 5 Key Takeaways

The SEC recently adopted amendments to Rule 501(a) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 that expand the definition of “accredited investor” by adding new categories of eligibility based on professional knowledge...

Read More
Publication

M&A Deals and PPP Loans: Unexpected Parties in Your Deal

The Payroll Protection Program has been a lifesaver to many businesses this year, but its quick roll out, and many generous features (including potential forgiveness) could tempt a borrower to treat the PPP as...

Read More