2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Possibility of life outside of work”
“Too many committees”
About Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Farella Braun + Martel is a San Francisco-based firm which specializes in high-end transactions and complex commercial, civil, and criminal litigation.
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Founded in 1962 as a three-lawyer firm, Farella Braun+ Martel now has a legal team of 120 attorneys and a Napa Valley outpost in St. Helena. A regional firm with a national reach, Farella represents a diverse client list of multinational corporations, privately owned concerns, exempt organizations and individuals in sophisticated business transactions, complex litigation and trust and estates. The firm has particular strengths in the technology, renewable energy, agriculture, real estate, financial services, cannabis, and wine industries.
Farella promotes itself as a haven of experienced trial attorneys capable of delivering results in legal areas involving commercial and consumer class actions, antitrust, securities and intellectual property. The firm is regarded highly for its capabilities in environmental, products, employment, construction, insurance recovery and white collar criminal litigation and appellate advocacy, Current matters includes playing a leading role on the team of firms that represents the plaintiff class of direct purchasers of hospital services in a ground-breaking antitrust action against Sutter Health, the dominant provider in Northern California, and defending Spanish locking solutions company Ojmar U.S. in a series of patent infringement actions filed by its direct competitor after it entered the U.S market, while also representing Ojmar in a lawsuit contending its rival violated federal antitrust laws.
The firm’s corporate practice combines a lean deal team staffing model with a focus on closing mid-market M&A transactions—ranging from $10 million to several hundred million dollars. Recent deals include representing Treasury Wine Estates in its acquisition of substantially all of the winery assets of Diageo Chateau & Estate for approximately $600 million, the largest U.S. wine deal of 2015, and representing San Francisco Parking in the sale of City Park, which operates 85 parking facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area to Imperial Parking Corporation (Impark). In the emerging cannabis industry, Farella represents a hedge fund focused solely on cannabis investments and represents a number of cannabis companies as outside general counsel.
Farella has established itself as a leading renewable energy industry practice, 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, along with representing Calpine on land use matters relating to the Geysers, the largest complex of geothermal power facilities in the world.
The firm takes advantage of its Napa Valley outpost with a wine industry team that brings to the (pardon the pun) table extensive industry knowledge and experience. The firm represents wine industry clients—including wineries, grape growers, wine makers, distributors, and wine industry investors—on transactional matters ranging from simple contracts or real estate leases to complex, tax-sensitive business transactions and investments. Farella also provides these clients environmental and land use advice, litigation and trial proficiency, employment counseling, insurance recovery, intellectual property protection, estate, business and organization succession planning and tax law concerns.
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. In July 2015, Farella was named the San Francisco Business Times’ 2015 Corporate Philanthropy Education Partner of the Year for its long-standing commitment to growing the pipeline of diverse talent in the legal profession.
235 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 954-4400
Firm Chair: Brian P. Donnelly
Recruiting Chair: Carly Alameda
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,462/week
Summer Associate Offers:
5 out of 5 (2Ls) (2016)
San Francisco, CA (HQ)
St. Helena, CA
Intellectual Property Litigation
Privacy and Cybersecurity
Real Estate and Land Use
Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies
Restructuring & Insolvency
White Collar Crime and Internal Corporate Investigations