Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin at a Glance


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About Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin

Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin takes pride in its sophisticated clientele and its reputation as “lawyers’ lawyers.† In addition to all manner of high-end transactions and high-stakes litigation, the firm also takes on the often delicate cases in which other attorneys or law firms are parties.  The firm’s nationally known clients include such goliaths as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab, Citigroup Global Markets, the Oakland Raiders, Research in Motion, Ltd., Pacific Gas & Electric and Sony Online Entertainment.

The firm recently argued two important cases before the California Supreme Court.  As counsel for Genentech, Howard Rice convinced the court to overturn a $320 million award of punitive damages and interest against the biotech giant for failing to pay licensing fees to the City of Hope National Medical Center, a cancer research center with whom Genentech had partnered in the 1970s.  The firm has also co-authored briefs on behalf of the city and county of San Francisco challenging the constitutionality of the state law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  The California Supreme Court, which heard arguments in the so-called same-sex marriage case in March 2008, ruled in May 2008 that lesbian and gay couples have the same right to marry as heterosexual couples.  

In other pro bono matters, Howard Rice successfully represented the ACLU in a First Amendment lawsuit objecting to a federal judge’s order to disable, a web site through which anonymous bloggers release documents of public interest, including, on one occasion, a manual documenting U.S. Army operations at Guantánamo Bay. 

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Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin

Three Embarcadero Center
7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-4024
Phone: (415) 434-1600


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman and Managing Director (: Douglas A. Winthrop
  • Total No. Attorneys 2009: 213