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Farallon Law Group LLP April 2010 Newsletter
“Independent Contractor vs. Employee: Are Your Workers Classified Correctly?”

Ceide Zapparoni Successfully Mediates Commercial Real Estate Matter
Ceide Zapparoni of Farallon Law Group represented clients involved in a commercial real estate partition lawsuit which was successfully resolved through mediation.

David Lavine Joins Farallon Law as Of Counsel
Veteran trial attorney David Lavine joined Farallon Law Group as of February 1, 2010 as Of Counsel, bringing years of litigation and trial experience to Farallon’s existing litigation team.

Farallon Successfully Defends Employer in Wage and Hour Case
The Farallon litigation team successfully defended an employer client in a wage and hour action for 2% of the originally demanded amount.

Series A Financing Closed By Farallon Law Group LLP
Farallon Law Group recently assisted a rapidly-growing technology client in closing a $750+ Series A Preferred round of financing, with concurrent conversion of Convertible Bridge Promissory Notes.  The funds will be used to hire senior management and otherwise grow its operations and revenue.

Ceide Zapparoni Appointed Board Member and Officer of BAYS
Ceide Zapparoni is Treasurer and a Member of the Board of BAYS- Bay Area Young Survivors- a support and community-building group for young women with breast cancer.

Farallon Law Group LLP Closes $700k Equity Financing
Farallon Law Group recently assisted an organic food start-up client in closing an approximately $700k Series A equity financing which will be used to fund on-going business and the expansion of operations.

Ceide Zapparoni to Present "Preparing for an Effective Mediation: A Litigator's Perspective" Seminar
Mediation can be costly and time intensive for clients-and frustrating if no resolution is reached. How can attorneys ensure that the mediation process has the best chance of success? Farallon Law Group Litigation partner Ceide Zapparoni will speak on the topic "Preparing for an Effective Mediation" at the Bar Association of San Francisco on Thursday March 12, 2009, at the BASF Conference Center, 301 Battery Street, San Francisco. Her talk will include mediator selection, the legal parameters of confidentiality in mediation, and preparing a settlement agreement that will stand up to challenge.

Initial Bridge Financing Closed By Farallon Law Group LLP
Farallon Law Group recently assisted a rapidly-growing technology client in closing a $250+ initial bridge note round of financing to commence operations and for the beta launch of their product.

Farallon Law Group LLP Closes $1 Million Financing.
Farallon Law Group recently assisted an organic beverage start-up client in closing a $1 Million Convertible Note Offering Series A equity financing which will be used to launch nationally its first product and expand its operations.

Michelle Reed Joins Farallon Law Group LLP
We want to welcome our new associate Michelle Reed to the firm. A graduate of Franklin Pierce Law, one of the nation's foremost intellectual property law schools, Michelle has joined the firm primarily to support the litigation practice. Michelle brings skills in a wide variety of litigation and alternative dispute resolution areas, particularly insurance coverage and construction law. Michelle will also be counseling our clients in trademark and other intellectual property matters.

Farallon Law Group LLP Closes $3M+ Financing
Farallon Law Group recently assisted a rapdily-growing retail beverage client in closing a $3M+ Series D equity financing, with concurrent bridge note conversions.

Arbitration Wins for Farallon Litigation Group
Manuella W. Hancock successfully brought a construction defect claim on behalf of a homeowner client seeking damages from a general contractor and its plumbing subcontractor for an improper sewer installation. The arbitrator awarded costs and all plumbing damages sought by the homeowner.

Manuella W. Hancock and Michelle Reed successfully brought a claim to collect on behalf of a general contractor client against a restaurant owner for unpaid amounts on the construction costs. The team defeated the owner's defenses and demonstrated the client's right to recover significant costs.

Boris Lieberman to Present "The Commercial Lease and Your Business" Seminar at SBA
Farallon Law Group Partner Boris Lieberman is presenting a seminar, titled "The Commercial Lease and Your Business" at the Small Business Administration offices in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 3, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Please visit the SBA- San Francisco website for the complete calendar, and registration and other information."

New Litigation Partner Joins FLG
FLG is pleased to announce that Ms. Ceide Zapparoni has joined the firm as a Partner, effective January 1, 2008. She comes to FLG after seven years at the San Francisco firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, where she litigated a wide variety of large-scale commercial cases in state and federal court. At FLG, Ms. Zapparoni will continue to focus on business litigation.

Manuella Hancock to Present at French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco
Farallon Law Group Partner Manuella Hancock is presenting a seminar, titled "Business Disputes: Causes, California Basics of the Legal System, Practical Tips to Avoid or Deal With Disputes" at Yield Wine Bar (2490 3rd Street @22nd, San Francisco) on Monday, October 16, 2006 at 6:00 pm. Please visit the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco website for registration and further information.

California LLC “Fee” Ruled Unconstitutional
In Northwest Energetic Services v. Franchise Tax Board, the Court recently ruled that the annual LLC "fee" (above the $800 minimum) imposed on gross receipts was an unconstituional "tax" since it was not apportioned between California and non-California receipts. The ruling is likely to be appealed. As the ruling may stand, however, Farallon clients may wish to immediately file protective claim for refunds for prior years (the statute of limitations for 2001 may run as early as April 17, 2006). We suggest you contact your tax advisor as soon as possible. Filing information is available from the FTB website.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES
An Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) is an essential part of any estate plan. It is the legal document by which you may appoint an agent to make health care decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to make such decisions yourself.

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