Farella Braun + Martel LLP at a Glance


  • “The focus on business development”
  • “Humane work atmosphere”
  • “Supportive colleagues”


  • “Occasional difficult partner”
  • “The pay is slightly below-market and the health benefits are not good”
  • “One-on-one staffing so you can get really busy”

About Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Farella Braun + Martel is a San Francisco-based firm which specializes in high-end transactions and complex litigation.

Plus Signs In, Ampersands Out

Founded in 1962 as a three-lawyer firm, Farella Braun now has a legal team of over 130 attorneys and a Napa Valley outpost in St. Helena. Farella Braun promotes itself as a haven of experienced trial attorneys capable of delivering results in legal areas including intellectual property, M&A disputes, environmental litigation, white collar criminal defense, insurance coverage and employment law. The firm also offers a comprehensive real estate service capable of handling the land use, environmental and construction aspects of development.

The firm is strong in litigation; its business litigation battles have recently included obtaining a jury trial verdict in favor of Volterra Semiconductor in a patent infringement action involving five patents; representing Toyota Motor Company in multidistrict litigation class action cases; and defending Dell Inc. in two prominent patent infringement actions brought by a mass patent aggregator.

On the environmental front, Farella is known for leading mass toxic tort and natural resource damages litigation and it has established itself as a leading renewable energy industry practice in the marketplace, especially well known for its abilities in utility scale solar farm development projects.  The two largest projects handled by Farella were the development and permitting of its 550-MW Desert Sunlight project and its 550-MW Topaz Solar Farms project, both in California.

The firm takes advantage of its Napa Valley outpost with a wine and beverage alcohol team which represents more than 100 wineries as well as grape growers, wine makers, distributors and international investors. The firm guides wine startups and established names through grape contracts, farm management setups, federal and state licensing and intellectual property matters.

Commitment to Community

Committed to its core principle of giving back to the community, the firm actively participates in pro bono work, charitable giving and participation in charitable and civic organizations.  In 2012, the firm dedicated its 50th Anniversary to giving back to the community. The year-long program included $500,000 in direct gifts to community organizations and a volunteer challenge to the attorneys and staff culminating in more than 5,000 volunteer hours in support of more than 75 organizations.

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Farella Braun + Martel LLP

235 Montgomery Street
17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 954-4400
Fax: (415) 954-4480


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Steven R. Lowenthal
  • Hiring Partner: Tyler Gerking
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 132

  • Employment Contact
    Alexis Fox
    Recruiting & Professional Development Coordinator
    Phone: (415) 954-4753
    Fax: (415) 982-7431
    Email: afox@fbm.com

  • Base Salary
    BASE SALARY (2014)
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    3 out of 3 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Appellate Litigation
    Business Litigation
    Business Transactions
    Environmental Law
    Family Wealth
    Insurance Coverage
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    Private Clients
    Product Law
    Real Estate and Land Use
    Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies
    Restructuring & Insolvency
    Tax White Collar Crime & Internal Corporate Investigations
    Wine Industry

Major Office Locations

  • San Francisco, CA (HQ)
  • Saint Helena, CA

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