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Farella Braun + Martel LLP

At a Glance


“The people. They are the best.”

“The firm is incredibly transparent, and management is very responsive. It's a nice change from BigLaw.”


“Sometimes long hours, but not that frequent.”

“Less pay than other firms.”

About Farella Braun + Martel LLP

With headquarters in Northern California, Farella Braun + Martel specializes in sophisticated transactions and complex commercial, civil, and criminal litigation. The firm and its attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, and Law360.

From Trolleys to Vines

Founded in 1962 as a three-lawyer firm in San Francisco, Farella Braun + Martel now has a legal team of more than 120 attorneys and a Napa Valley presence in St. Helena. A regional firm with a national reach, Farella represents multinational corporations, privately owned entities, exempt organizations, and individuals in business transactions and complex litigation. The firm has particular strengths in the technology, renewable energy, real estate, financial services, cannabis, and wine industries. 

Renewable Leaders

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’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. In the emerging cannabis industry, Farella represents a hedge fund focused solely on cannabis investments and serves as outside general counsel to a number of cannabis companies. 

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 firm’s renewable energy team has been responsible for putting over 3.5 gigawatts (3,500 megawatts) of solar power in the ground. It also handled the development and permitting of the 550-MW Desert Sunlight project and 550-MW Topaz Solar Farms project, both in California. The firm also represented 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 office with a wine industry team that brings to the table extensive experience. The firm represents 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 counsel on tax issues.

Commitment to Community

Farella attorneys actively participate in pro bono work, charitable giving, and participation in charitable and civic organizations. The firm’s pro bono efforts focus on defending unlawful detainer, civil rights, and death penalty habeas corpus cases., The firm represented the City of Sunnyvale in its dispute with the NRA regarding a ban on possession of large capacity magazines.

The firm is also committed to its own community—Farella is an inaugural signatory of the ABA Well-Being Pledge Campaign.

Why Work Here

Farella Braun + Martel’s model is one of uncompromising excellence and integrity. Our career building platform presents a unique opportunity that many larger law firms cannot offer. Whether as a lateral attorney, summer clerk, or first year associate, joining the Farella family of lawyers means that you will be surrounded by people who want the best for you and will work diligently to ensure that you are acknowledged and rewarded along the way and at each critical juncture.

Professionals who work well in small teams, appreciate face-to-face interactions with clients and peers, are open to learning, and are willing to take on leadership roles—in the firm, the profession, and the community—will be successful at Farella. This is our commitment to you: We will support you in achieving both personal satisfaction and professional accomplishment.

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

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

Firm Stats

Firm Chair: Brian P. Donnelly
Recruiting Chair: Alex Reese
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
100 - 150
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,850 hours

Base Salary

1st year: $200,000

Employment Contact

Alexis Fox
Recruiting Manager
(415) 954-4753
General Recruiting Email:

No. of U.S. Offices: 2

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

San Francisco, CA (HQ)
St. Helena, CA

Major Departments

*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.