Farella Braun + Martel LLP

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235 Montgomery Street
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San Francisco, California 94104, United States
Phone: (415) 954-4400
Fax: (415) 954-4480
Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Texts and Message Apps Are Changing Internal Investigations

It almost goes without saying that these days not all pertinent business-related communications can be found on corporate email servers. As we have increasingly seen in recent internal investigations, some of the most important…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Electronic Discovery, Labor & Employment Law

Disparagement Allegations May Trigger Valuable Coverage

A recent case we handled highlights the importance of reading a complaint’s allegations very carefully. Competitors in high-stakes litigation may file complaints and cross-complaints against each other alleging a variety of…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

12 Legal Pitfalls Wineries Should Avoid With Hospitality and Marketing Events

Winery consolidation and brand proliferation — hallmarks of the California wine market over the past 10 years — both continue to grow. With nearly 5,000 wineries and some estimate over 15,000 wine brands now competing for a…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

California Court Confirms that Vacation Accrual Can Be Restricted for New Employees

Employers seeking to limit the vacation accrual of new employees just received some welcome news. The California Court of Appeal reaffirmed that California law does not prohibit employers from imposing a waiting period before…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Alternative Fee Arrangements When the Insurer Is Footing the Bill

Clients regularly ask their counsel to propose alternative fee arrangements and they are growing in popularity. While these arrangements can be beneficial for clients, they should be carefully considered when an insurance…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

The Fourth Amendment Implications of Sharing Server Space

The prosecution of Martin Shkreli, whom the BBC has called “the most hated man in America,” reveals some important lessons about the Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure in the digital corporate context:…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

What You Need to Know About San Francisco’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program

On July 11, 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors finally voted to adopt sweeping (and complex) changes to the City’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing program....…more
 /  Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

Use of Text Messaging Should Change the Nature of Evidence Gathering in Internal Investigations

It doesn’t take a millennial to know that these days not all pertinent business-related communications are to be found on corporate e-mail servers. As we have increasingly seen in recent internal investigations, the most…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Electronic Discovery, Labor & Employment Law

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Ongoing Regulatory Monitoring Increasing in Federal and State Non-Compliance Resolution

Earlier this year we highlighted the growing trend of regulators asserting continuing post-investigation control over the operations of companies accused of compliance failures. At the state level, we highlighted a deal reached…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

There May Be Coverage for the Defense and Settlement of FTC Claims

A number of companies have been sued by the FTC in recent years, alleging, for example, that the company made claims regarding the product or service without adequate substantiation. Many of these companies are small private…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Insurance

Jurisdictional Reach of State Courts Limited

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a closely-watched California Supreme Court ruling on Monday, finding that California state courts did not have specific jurisdiction to hear the claims of nonresident plaintiffs in a class action…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Products Liability, Toxic Torts

Tax-Exempt Does Not Mean Exempt From Filing Tax Returns

May 15 was the filing deadline for nonprofits operating on a calendar year that are required to file Form 990-series information returns. Many nonprofits mistakenly believe that they are not required to file returns with the…more
 /  Nonprofit Law, Taxation

The Future Has Arrived For Self-Driving Cars

We first began studying the implications of self-driving cars, or “AVs”, two years ago. At that time, observers predicted that fully autonomous “Level 5” cars (i.e., a car with no steering wheel) would not appear in significant…more
 /  Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

California Holds Fast to GHG Reduction in the Face of the Trump Administration

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, brought with it levels of angst and concern not felt for some time within the environmental community. While some welcome the…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Courts Misunderstand the Meaning of “That Particular Part”

This is part one of a two-part series looking at how court decisions in recent years have thwarted general contractors’ reasonable expectation of coverage under their general liability policies…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance, Personal Injury, Real Estate - Residential
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