Hosted with the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC), this panel will discuss the experiences and perspectives of borrowers and lenders on evaluating different types of financing sources and finding the right match between a borrower and lender in a changing marketplace.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Erica Weber, Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Richard W. Daniel, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Jennifer Eskilden, Vice President, Capital Markets, Carmel Partners
Jory Halperin, Director, Northwestern Mutual Real Estate
Drew Hudacek, Chief Investment Officer, Development Properties, Sares Regis Group
Kyle Jeffers, Managing Director, ACORE Capital

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm    Registration & Networking
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm    Seminar and Q&A
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm    Networking Reception

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Whether big or small, all apparel companies are using (or mis-using?) social media or not sufficiently protecting their creative work. Join attorneys Karen Frank and Lindsay Gehman to discuss intellectual property, social media and privacy issues for apparel businesses.

Tue, April 11, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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What You’ll Learn:

  • How to protect your work: Copyright? Trademark? Patent?
  • Legal Issues an apparel company should know about when using social media
  • What’s fair in use of other people’s content on your website or app
  • What you need to know if you collect customers’ private information

Presented in partnership with SFMade. 

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On November 16, 2016, real estate attorney Misti Schmidt presented on "Carbon Credits in Conservation Easements" and "Recent Court Cases Affecting Land Trusts and Donations" at the California Council of Land Trusts Conservation Law Forum, hosted by Save the Redwoods League in San Francisco.

The Conservation Law Forum is a roundtable discussion among attorneys with land trusts, state and regional agencies and firms to learn, discuss and help shape conservation law in California.

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Recent Court Cases Affecting Land Trusts and Donations
Carbon Credits in Conservation Easements
Forest Carbon Offset Summary

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Rise & Shine 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Presented by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass and the American Association of Advertising Agencies

This year's 7th annual morning get-together with Coblentz and the 4A's featured some of the best known advertising and marketing experts of our day, offering a broad cross-section of experience and insight.

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Join us for a practical information session reviewing new and existing employment law regulations and their impact on vineyards and wineries.

Thursday, November 17, 2016  |  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CIA at Copia
500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559

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On September 12, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1066, changing the overtime rules for agricultural employers and employees in California. The ag overtime law is the latest of a string of environmental and labor regulations enacted and taking effect in the past few years that are changing the economics of agriculture. We will also review meal and rest period, pay stub, seating, transportation and housing issues, as well as which work order applies and the evolving trend of joint employer liability that can force the winery and vineyard owner to pay for a staffing agency's or labor contractor's violations.

This session will provide an overview of current regulations and practical guidance on their interpretation and implementation.


Charmaine Yu
Employment Law Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Peter Nissen
President, California Farm Labor Contractor Association;
Founder, Nissen Vineyard Services Inc.

Stephen Lanctot
Employment Law Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

4:00 pm - Registration
4:30 pm - Program and Q&A
5:30 pm - Wine Reception

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On November 9, 2016, litigation partner Tim Crudo will be moderating a panel discussion for the Criminal Justice Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, titled "Summer Blockbusters: A Tale of Three Trials." Tim will moderate the panel of lawyers from some of the year's biggest white collar trials - U.S. v. Facteau, U.S. v. Federal Express, and U.S. v. PG&E, discussing pretrial strategy, dealing with the press and public, jury considerations, responsible corporate officers, trial without individuals, and corporate mens rea.

Registration required. Click here for full event information and registration. MCLE credit available. 

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Tax partner Jeff Bernstein will be speaking on a panel discussion for the Taxation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, titled "For Better or For Worse: New Partnership Audit Procedures." The panel will discuss what tax and business attorneys should know to educate their clients about the new partnership audit procedures and how to help clients plan now to be in a favorable position during an audit.

Full event and registration information can be found here.

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Litigation partner Julie Greer spoke at the Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville, TN, on September 23, 2016, on a panel discussing "Current Courtroom Battles in Intellectual and Entertainment Property Cases." The panel of entertainment-law practitioners reviewed the significant entertainment and copyright decisions from the recent past that are having industry-wide effects and could have major repercussions for the future.

Full event information can be found here.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Litigation partner Cliff Yin will be speaking at a panel discussion at the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco, titled "How to Get on the 'Grooming for Partnership' List." Panelists will be discussing how to best develop and maintain strategic relationships, both inside and outside the firm, and effectively raise their professional profiles in the legal, business and broader communities. A key component of advancing to partner is cultivating in attorneys the ability to become business developers - an aptitude that rests firmly on their capacity to develop a wide range of vital relationships.

Full event and registration information can be found here.

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Innovations in Food Delivery

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Join us for for a panel with leaders in the local Food and Beverage industry to discuss out-of-the-box innovations in food delivery and accessibility.


Bridget Kwok
Director of Marketing, Andronico's Community Markets

Bridget Kwok is the Director of Marketing at Andronico’s Community Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is a leader in groundbreaking omni-channel retail marketing partnerships in the supermarket sector and has brought new platforms like Instacart, Shopwell and Sweat.Works on board at Andronico’s.

Megan Mokri
Founder and CEO, Byte

Megan Mokri is CEO and Founder of Byte. Byte uses connected refrigerators to serve fresh, healthy meals and snacks in workplaces, 24 hours per day.  Byte is currently working with companies like 2K Games, Sephora, Chevron, Bain and more.  Megan was previously founder and CEO of 180Eats, a healthy meal delivery business in Marin County.

Will Rosenzweig
Dean and Executive Director, The Food Business School of The Culinary Institute of America

Will Rosenzweig is Dean and Executive Director of the Food Business School of The Culinary Institute of America, as well as a long-time faculty member at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He was honored with the Oslo Business for Peace Award for his accomplishments in the area of ethical business in 2010. In 2016, Will was recognized as one of the 7 shapers of the future of food by Bon Appetit magazine.

Moderated by Karen Frank
Partner, Food & Beverage practice group, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

ABD Insurance & Financial Services
Steve Leveroni, Executive Vice President

Barnard/Montague Capital Advisors
Biff Barnard, Managing Partner
Jeanne Montague, Managing Partner

Burr Pilger Mayer
Jeffery Pearson, Shareholder

Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Karen Frank, IP Practice Partner
Paul Escobosa, Business Practice Partner
Matthew Bove, Real Estate Practice Partner
Brandi Brown, Business Practice Partner
Stephen Lanctot, Employment Practice Partner

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