Farella Braun + Martel offers a multi-disciplinary team to our clients who serve as officers and directors of public and private companies, or on special committees of those companies. We advise individual directors and officers on their fiduciary duties, compensation and benefits issues, D&O insurance, investigations and litigation, asset protection and preservation.

Corporate Governance

We regularly advise individual directors and officers in situations where a divergence may exist between the company and an individual director or officer, including:

  • contested relationships between the board of directors, shareholders, management and other corporate constituencies
  • evaluating conflicts of interest and corporate opportunity issues
  • board, executive and committee performance

Compensation and Benefits

Our corporate executive clients rely on our expertise in negotiating their employment and severance arrangements. Our expertise includes addressing change of control arrangements and golden parachute excise tax issues under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code.

Director & Officer Insurance

Farella Braun + Martel regularly advises Fortune 500 companies concerning the purchase of D&O coverage, including advising companies and outside directors about the scope of key coverages and exclusions, severability issues, and the purchase of "Side A" or "IDL" coverage for protection of outside board members and other directors and officers. We work closely with our Insurance Coverage Group to help our clients resolve disputes, either by negotiation or litigation, that arise over claims made against these policies.

We represent companies in a variety of industries, including technology, as well as directors in complex negotiations involving securities class actions and derivative actions, rescission claims by insurers, corporate insolvency issues, allocation disputes and the application of fraud exclusions.

Investigations and Civil/Criminal Litigation

We have extensive experience in helping directors and officers deal with inquiries, investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as assisting in investigations of potential accounting irregularities, whistle blower claims and management misconduct.

Asset Protection & Preservation

We have extensive experience in planning to protect individual and family wealth from third parties and excess state and federal taxation, including the formation of Delaware trusts, family limited partnerships, and other entities relating to the ownership and preservation of wealth.

Firm Highlights

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2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law

Rebecca Stephens will be speaking at the 2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law session, "Marijuana in the Workplace." Details: According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of...

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Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office

Click here  for the audio recording of the webinar "Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office."

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Time to Check Your Cyber Insurance

Now that the CCPA is in effect, some companies will need to revise their policies. The cyber insurance markets are beginning to adapt to the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) which went into...

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ABA 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime

Jessica Nall will be speaking at the 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime session, "Updates in Cybercrime: Are We Fighting an Impossible Battle?" Details: Information security has now become an essential part of corporate...

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Sushila Chanana Named to 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Sushila Chanana has been named a member of the 2020 class of Fellows participating in a landmark program created by...

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Risk Management Summit for Agriculture and Cannabis

Rebecca Stephens will be presenting the topic "A Closer Look at Ag/Cannabis Employment Issues Surfacing in 2020" at Newfront Insurance's Risk Management Summit for Agriculture & Cannabis. Join us for a free, all-day event...

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Strategy Lessons From Wells Fargo Fintech Patent Litigation

United States Automobile Association (USAA) is a financial services company that provides insurance, banking, investment, and retirement products and services for members of the military and their families. On June 7, 2018, USAA filed...

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Another Federal Circuit Finds Phishing Loss Covered Under Crime Policy

Companies of all sizes have fallen victim to attacks whereby fraudsters will use deceptive communications, such as spoofed emails, to trick an employee into transferring money into the fraudsters’ control. While these increasingly prevalent...

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Gov't Drops IP Theft Charges Against Ex-Jawbone Workers

Law360 reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California in San Jose moved to dismiss all trade-secret-theft charges against the remaining four defendants in what was originally a six-defendant case...

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North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims

Tyler Gerking, chair of Farella's Insurance Recovery Group, was quoted in the Napa Valley Register article, "North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims." In the article, Tyler said he would expect...

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