Consumer Products + Manufacturing



January 22, 2019 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2019 New Partner Elevations
SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel LLP is pleased to announce the election of senior associates Quinn Arntsen and Daniel Callaway to the partnership effective January 1, 2019. “Quinn and Dan are incredibly talented lawyers and...
November 6, 2018 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Advises Terroir Capital on Sale of Qupé
SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 6, 2018): Farella Braun + Martel LLP represented Terroir Capital LLC, an investment firm that invests in hospitality and wine properties, in its sale of the Qupé wine brand and inventory to Vintage Wine Estates. With...
September 26, 2017 Media Coverage
Challenged by a Housing Developer, Truchard Winery Wins Napa County Approval
Napa Valley Register September 22, 2017 "Challenged by a Housing Developer, Truchard Winery Wins Napa County Approval" Katherine Philippakis was mentioned for her work assisting long-time local grape-growing family Truchard Winery to navigate a disagreement with a housing developer to win...
September 20, 2017 Media Coverage
Winery Escapes Trademark Suit From Bourbon Maker
Law360 September 20, 2017 "Winery Escapes Trademark Suit From Bourbon Maker" Robert Holtzapple served as Fetzer Vineyards' lead counsel in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Sazerac Company, Inc. Following a week-long trial, California Federal Judge William H. Orrick ruled...
October 31, 2016 Accolades
Frank Farella Honored at Business of Wine Leadership Dinner
Farella Braun + Martel founding partner Frank Farella was honored at the Business of Wine Leadership dinner at the Culinary Institute of America’s new Napa, California campus, the former site of Copia. The dinner was conceived by Jeff Menashe...
May 18, 2016 Announcement
Ryan Lowther Named to Top 40 Under 40 by Daily Journal
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2016: Farella Braun + Martel LLP is proud to announce partner Ryan Lowther’s selection to the Daily Journal ’s 2016 list of the “Top 40 Under 40” attorneys in California. Lowther is recognized for his...
April 20, 2016 Announcement
Katherine Philippakis Named Among Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers
SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, April 20, 2016 – Farella Braun + Martel LLP is proud to announce Katherine Philippakis’ selection to the Daily Journal ’s 2016 list of California’s “Top Women Lawyers.” The annual list recognizes 100 leading women lawyers...
October 7, 2014 Media Coverage
Stories in the Glass
NorthBay Biz October 2012 "Stories in the Glass" Frank Farella comments on the changing North Bay and Napa Valley wine industry.
May 19, 2014 Media Coverage
State Seeks Better Local Water-Use Oversight
North Bay Business Journal
Farella Environmental Partner Robert Hines commented on increasing state oversight of water-use issues in the wine industry. The article noted that water supply is becoming more of a factor in whether governments approve new vineyard and winery projects — and whether...

Firm Highlights


Welcome to Uncorked - A Farella Podcast

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Steps for the Long-term Success of Your Brand & Business

Family wineries face certain common issues when it comes to succession planning, and there are steps you can take to help ensure the longevity and success of your brand and business. Step 1 &ndash...

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Regulatory Changes Underway To Address Dwindling California Property Insurance Market

We keep hearing about how difficult it is for our clients to get property insurance these days, both for homes and businesses in Northern California’s wildfire-prone areas. Which, of course, is most of Northern...

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Art of the Real Estate Deal With Bart Araujo

Today's guest will share his experience building luxury brands. He owned one of Napa's greatest wineries and is a master of the art of the real estate deal. We discuss building brands, buying land...

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An Inspiring Multi-Generational Story With Olav Goelet

Today’s guest on  Uncorked , with host Farella Partner Richard Van Duzer, will share the inspiring story of a renowned multi-generational Stags Leap District winery – how and where it started, what changes it’s...

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Building a Wine Brand With Dana Sexton Vivier

Today's guest will share her experience buying, building, and developing wine businesses. Currently the chief financial officer of Far Niente Wines, which also owns the Nickel & Nickel, Bella Union, and EnRoute wine labels...

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Life Is Too Short for Bad Wine Distribution Agreements: 10 Key Considerations

If you are like most wine brands, DTC through your tasting room, club, and website can only take you so far. Success usually means accessing the general on- and off-premise markets, and accessing those...

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Farella Advises K.R. Rombauer in Sale of Rombauer Vineyards

Farella Braun + Martel represented K.R. Rombauer III, a principal owner of Napa Valley’s Rombauer Vineyards, in the sale of the company to E. & J. Gallo’s Luxury Wine Group. E. & J. Gallo’s...

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Add Value to Your Winery by Monetizing Land Use Entitlements

With today’s emphasis on increasing the bottom line of winery businesses, winery owners often overlook a simple strategy for increasing their revenue and the value of their investment: the land use entitlements process. Wineries...

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Reporting Dispute Claims Within Closely Held Wineries

Many wineries operate as closely held companies, meaning they’re owned by an individual or small group of shareholders, who are often members of the same family. Disputes regarding ownership interests can arise, particularly when directors...

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