Insights
Firm News

Farella Braun + Martel’s Steven Vettel Named Among the Daily Journal’s Top 25 Land Use Leaders in California

April 27, 2011 Accolades

SAN FRANCISCO (April 27, 2011):  Farella Braun + Martel announces that Partner Steven Vettel has been named among the Daily Journal's "Top 25 Land Use Leaders" in California.  The inaugural list recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of California land use attorneys who have taken complex projects to fruition in the state's notoriously challenging development environment.

The Daily Journal recognized Vettel for his leadership in persuading San Francisco planning officials to sign off on entitlements for a controversial reconfiguration and increased capacity of the 3,200-seat auditorium at the Nob Hill Masonic.  Representing owner California Masonic Memorial Temple and Live Nation Worldwide, Inc., he is now defending his clients against four lawsuits brought by neighbors in the San Francisco Superior Court.  Vettel is also representing the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in a major expansion of its facilities and a developer in planning for a billion-dollar American Indian tribal resort project in Richmond proposed to include hotels, a casino, performance venues, a shopping center, residential development and tribal administrative facilities on a former naval site along the San Francisco Bay.

Vettel's practice focuses on representing Northern California developers, property and business owners in land use, zoning, and legislative matters.  He regularly appears before planning commissions, legislative bodies, redevelopment agencies and zoning officials.  In addition, he counsels on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance and defends his clients' environmental review documents in both administrative and judicial forums.  He serves as a director and was former vice-chair of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), is on the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition and serves on the San Francisco Planning Department's Action Plan Advisory Committee.  Vettel earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1984).

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

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

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

Firm Highlights

Publication

California’s Pay Transparency Act (SB 1162) – Are You Prepared?

This week the California legislature passed a pay transparency act that – pending Governor Newsom’s signature – will require significant changes in how employers draft job postings and how they report pay data to...

Read More
Publication

New California Bill Requires Employers to Offer Bereavement Leave

AB 1949 , a bill passed by the California legislature and awaiting Governor Newsom’s signature, would require California employers to offer five days of bereavement leave to employees each time they lose a spouse...

Read More
Publication

Fire Preparedness for Vineyards and Wineries

Winter, spring, summer, fire season, and fall – as Californians, we have all become accustomed to a fifth season – fire season. Even worse, fire season was once confined to just a few months...

Read More
News

50 Farella Lawyers in 2023 The Best Lawyers in America® and the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™; 4 Lawyer of the Year Awards

Read More
Publication

Napa County Land Use Update: What You Should Know About Developments in the Local and State Regulatory Arena (Webinar)

Speakers, Katherine Philippakis, Rick Tooker, and Rachel Lenihan discuss "Napa County Land Use Update: What You Should Know About Developments in the Local and State Regulatory Arena." As property owners plan new or expanded...

Read More
News

Farella Attorneys Named to 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thirty-four Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists of top attorneys in Northern California for 2022. Super Lawyers: Carly Alameda – Business Litigation George Argyris &ndash...

Read More
News

Website lawsuits, events regulations, environmental rules: What’s new in California wine business law

Katherine Philippakis submitted commentary for the North Bay Business Journal article, "Website lawsuits, events regulations, environmental rules: What’s new in California wine business law." Read the full article here .

Read More
News

Katherine Philippakis Named Among the Top Women Lawyers in California by Daily Journal

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce the selection of partner Katherine Philippakis to the Daily Journal ’s 2022 list of California’s "Top Women Lawyers." The annual list honors the achievements of leading...

Read More
Publication

How New Climate Change CEQA Thresholds Will Impact Bay Area Development Projects

Farella's CJ Higley and Donald Sobelman with guest speakers, Michael Keinath from Ramboll and Tania Sheyner from City and County of San Francisco, discuss "How New Climate Change CEQA Thresholds Will Impact Bay Area Development...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Ranked in Legal 500 United States 2022

The Legal 500 United States  2022 guide has recognized Farella Braun + Martel among the leading firms in the Cannabis, Construction, and Land Use/Zoning sections. Land use partner Steven Vettel is named to the Land...

Read More