Biography

Phil is a corporate attorney who specializes in complex mergers and acquisitions and handles a wide variety of business transactions. 

Over his career, Phil has developed deep knowledge of the insurance industry and advised clients in variety of other industries. A partial industry list would include insurance, energy, construction and engineering, financial services, wine, technology, hospitality, newspaper, and gaming. His work has addressed every facet of business law, including acquisitions, financings, executive compensation, antitrust, governance, and nonprofit work. Phil regularly works on complex shareholder, partnership and operating agreements. He enjoys identifying the differing interests and finding the point of convergence among owners. The depth and breadth of his experience makes him an exceptionally knowledgeable, effective advisor to his clients.

Of particular value is the manner in which he works, whether as a strategist, counselor, or negotiator. He identifies the key points that are critical to his clients, focuses on them, and avoids devoting time, effort, and client expense to secondary issues. He applies his expertise in a calm, clear, highly result-oriented manner, and avoids over-lawyering, negotiating boilerplate, and unproductive distractions. Phil has represented many of his clients for over 30 years and has been told he’s unlike any corporate attorney they’ve ever worked with. Upon completing his last major transaction, opposing counsel, a senior partner at an elite Wall Street firm, commented:

“It’s always a pleasure to work with lawyers who understand that a client is best served by a lawyer who doesn’t put his own interest in scoring meaningless points ahead of his client’s interest in effecting a commercial deal. I’ve done this for a lot of years and find it depressing how few lawyers understand this very basic point.”

“It’s always a pleasure to work with lawyers who understand that a client is best served by a lawyer who doesn’t put his own interest in scoring meaningless points ahead of his client’s interest in effecting a commercial deal. I’ve done this for a lot of years and find it depressing how few lawyers understand this very basic point.”

Thanks to Phil’s unique approach, his clients achieve their business objectives with a minimum of contention, duplicative effort, or unnecessary expense. Additionally, he is able to staff his projects leanly for greater efficiency.

Phil is the former chairman of the firm’s Commercial Department. He takes pride in assisting with the career development of junior attorneys and managing toward a truly diverse work force.

Distinctions

  • Northern California Super Lawyers

Memberships and Affiliations

  • California liaison to the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Former co-chair of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar Association

Firm Highlights

News

Farella Advises 10x Genomics on Purchase of Retail Center Site

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented Pleasanton-based biotech company 10x Genomics in its purchase of a 14.6-acre former shopping center site in Pleasanton at 1701 Springdale Ave., where it plans to...

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Bisnow Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update

Julie Treppa will be speaking at Bisnow's Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update virtual program, "An Update on Opportunity Zones Today." Details: How will the Biden administration change the OZ program? Did the pandemic sideline...

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Pandemic Restriction Challenges Face Uphill Battle in California

On Dec.16, 2020, in Midway Venture LLC v. County of San Diego, the San Diego Superior Court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of two COVID-19-related California public health restrictions as applied to two adult entertainment businesses...

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Nevada Links Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Case Brought by United States

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel successfully defended Nevada Links, Inc., the owner of a championship golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a $100 million lawsuit brought by the United States...

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Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products Subject to New Prop. 65 Warning Requirements in California

California’s regulatory framework for cannabis and hemp-derived products, including CBD, continues to evolve, most recently via updated Proposition 65 warning requirements that came into full effect Jan. 3, 2021. As of that date, anyone...

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17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law

Linda Sobczynski is a featured panelist at the 17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law virtual program. Details: Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new...

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Data Center Business Deals Gone Bad, and the Risks of the “Known in the Industry” Defense

Exploring business partnerships often involves or even requires sharing highly confidential and even trade secret information. The data center industry is no exception, and its participants have in recent years faced litigation focused around...

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New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Matt Lewis and Julie Treppa discuss "New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know."  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a lifeline for nonprofits and other businesses that are struggling to survive during...

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Jeffrey Fisher Inducted as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

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Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits

Tony Schoenberg speaking on "Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits" at the March Nonprofit Education Series.  As an owner or tenant, dealing with real estate has been one of the most significant challenges facing nonprofits...

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