Consumer Products + Manufacturing



August 20, 2013 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Advises on Sale of Clos Pegase Winery
SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, August 20, 2013 : Farella Braun + Martel LLP represented Clos Pegase Winery, Inc., and sole shareholder Jan Shrem, in its sale to Vintage Wine Estates (VWE).   Clos Pegase is known for its iconic architecture...
July 26, 2013 Media Coverage
Feds Target Alcohol on Social Media
North Bay Business Journal July 26, 2013 "Feds Target Alcohol on Social Media: Rules on ‘microblogs,’ Facebook fan pages unclear" Farella's Richard Van Duzer comments on the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's new guidelines for how wineries...
July 9, 2013 Media Coverage
Social Media Could Be Risky for Adult Beverage Industry
Daily Journal July 9, 2013 "Social Media Could Be Risky for Adult Beverage Industry" Richard Van Duzer  comments on the FTC’s study into the use of social media in the marketing of alcoholic beverages and its relation to underage...
May 13, 2013 Media Coverage
The Popular State LLC Gets A Facelift
North Bay Business Journal May 13, 2013 "The Popular State LLC Gets A Facelift" Business Transactions Partner Sam Dibble comments on the proposed changes to California’s statute governing limited liability corporations. Click here to read the article.
May 2, 2013 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Welcomes Three New Attorneys
SAN FRANCISCO / ST. HELENA, CALIF., May 2, 2013 – Farella Braun + Martel LLP is pleased to announce the addition of three attorneys to its ranks. Joining the firm’s San Francisco office are Alexis M. Petas as a...
June 7, 2012 Accolades
Chambers USA 2012 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Lawyers, Practices
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 7, 2012):  Farella Braun + Martel announces that Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized 13 lawyers and seven practice areas in its 2012 edition.  Nationally, Chambers USA recognized Farella’s Construction and Food...
June 14, 2011 Accolades
Chambers USA 2011 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Lawyers, Practices
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 13, 2011):  Chambers USA has recognized 13 lawyers and seven practices at Farella Braun + Martel in its 2011 edition.  Nationally, Chambers USA recognized Farella's Construction and Food & Beverages (Alcohol) practice areas.  In California...
November 5, 2010 Media Coverage
Can Your AVA Reduce Your Taxes?
Wines & Vines
Farella Braun + Martel's William J. Schlinkert explained the recent IRS ruling that allows vineyard owners some appellation-based deductions. Click here to read the article .
June 16, 2010 Media Coverage
Vineyard Owners Get Hints
Wines & Vines June 16, 2010 "Vineyard Owners Get Hints" Farella Braun + Martel's Wine Industry Group chair Katherine Philippakis, spoke on financial options for vineyards at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers "Vineyard Owners' Seminar" on June 15, 2010. 
May 28, 2010 Media Coverage
Wineries fight proposed federal shipping law
San Francisco Business Journal May 28, 2010 "Wineries fight proposed federal shipping law" Farella Braun + Martel wine industry group chair Katherine Philippakis was quoted on the potential  impact of the proposed federal shipping legislation, H.B. 5034, on California wineries. 
August 18, 2009 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Welcomes Attorney Tiffanie De Liberty
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...
January 26, 2009 Media Coverage
Who's Who in Wine Law
North Bay Business Journal January 26, 2009 "Who's Who in Wine Law" Kate Ohlandt and Katherine Philippakis were featured in the North Bay Business Journal 's list of Who's Who in Wine Law.
October 1, 2008 Media Coverage
Tapping Money: New options for tight times
Wines & Vines October 2008 "Tapping Money: New options for tight times" Farella Braun + Martel's Matt Lewis and Katherine Philippakis were quoted in the cover story on alternatives in financing a wine business.  Click here to read article...
June 25, 2007 Media Coverage
Can't Buy A Vineyard? Lease It.
North Bay Business Journal June 25, 2007 "Can't Buy A Vineyard? Lease It: More small, high-end wineries choose leasing; many legal issues exist" Farella Braun + Martel's Matt Lewis is quoted on the many legal issues in leasing vineyards.
January 15, 2007 Media Coverage
Custom Crush Agreements Need Care
North Bay Business Journal January 15, 2007 ""Custom Crush Agreements Need Care" Farella Braun + Martel's Richard Van Duzer and Matt Lewis are quoted.  
June 12, 2006 Media Coverage
One 'Big' label battle
The Press Democrat June 10, 2006 “One 'Big' label battle - Wineries' dispute over "Big Ass" trademark highlights growing importance of eye-catching brands" Farella Braun + Martel's David Stoll is quoted on protecting your trade name in the wine industry.
March 22, 2006 Media Coverage
State defends its regulation of beer, wine
Seattle Times
The Seattle Times March 22, 2006 “State defends its regulation of beer, wine” Farella Braun + Martel’s Richard Van Duzer is quoted regarding a Washington state judge’s ruling having significant ramifications for other states regulatory systems.

Firm Highlights


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Farella 2024 Partner Elevations: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of two lawyers to partnership effective Jan. 1: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint. “We are thrilled to elevate Cynthia and...

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An Inspiring Multi-Generational Story With Olav Goelet

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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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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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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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A Summary of New Laws Coming for California Employers in 2024

In 2023, California has adopted several new employment laws either introducing new employee protections or codifying existing practices into state law. With these changes, employers will need to examine and adjust some of their...

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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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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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