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Managing Partners: Sara Finigan, Danna M Kozerski
Number of partners: 56
Number of lawyers: 96
Languages:  English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is a premier provider of innovative, results-oriented legal services in real estate, litigation, business, intellectual property, employment, tax, and family wealth. The firm has offices in San Francisco and in Napa Valley wine country. Coblentz has been recognized four times by the National Law Journal’s‘Midsize Hot List’, named a California Powerhouse by Law360, and recognized by BTI Consulting Group’s‘Client Service A-Team,’ among many other accolades. Based in San Francisco for more than 125 years, the firm continues a long history of commitment to the life and the progress of the greater Bay Area with a strong dedication to diversity and pro bono work.

Main Areas of Practice:

Real Estate:
Coblentz has built a reputation as the ‘go to’ firm in California for both high profile projects as well as nuts-and-bolts real estate counsel. The firm’s real estate practice is second to none, guiding clients through the complex land use approval process, as well as leasing, financing, joint ventures, conservation, and purchases and sales. The firm’s deepest roots are in real estate law, and the individual attorneys in the practice are the most skilled, experienced, and innovative in the field. The firm represents top-tier industry and community leaders who have shaped the Bay Area, including the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s® Stadium, Uber Technologies, the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T® Park, the California Academy of Sciences, and California Pacific Medical Center.

Coblentz litigators are highly respected in the area of unfair business practices and class actions, particularly in the cable and telecommunications industry, and in real estate and construction litigation throughout California. The firm also litigates in the areas of white collar defense and government enforcement, officers and directors liability, probate trust, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Coblentz is recognized in BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service A-Team 2018, where corporate counsel ranked Coblentz in the top firms nationally for client service excellence, and is recognized in the top 15% of all law firms for commercial litigation and class actions in the BTI Litigation Outlook.

Family Wealth:
Coblentz has been serving high wealth families in the Bay Area for over 100 years. The firm handles all aspects of an individual’s estate and gift tax planning, represents both institutional and individual fiduciaries with regard to trust and estate administrations, advises closely held business clients in achieving their wealth transfer objectives, resolves trusts and estates litigation matters and tax controversy, and advises on private foundation and charitable planning.

Coblentz has a record of excellence in business and commercial matters, often serving as outside general counsel for many clients. The firm’s attorneys have broad-based skills in intellectual property, private equity and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, contract matters, and securities. Coblentz works with virtually every type of company across a variety of industries, including e-commerce, hospitality, consumer products, retail, wineries, music and entertainment, automotive, advertising, professional services, real estate, software, and technology.

Coblentz has earned a strong reputation for its experience in federal, state, and local tax matters. The firm counsels in the areas of tax planning and controversy and family wealth, and has in-depth knowledge in conservation easements and new markets tax credits. The firm also assists exempt organizations in tax planning.

Coblentz often serves as outside human resources and labor counsel to a number of bay area businesses, and advises clients on all aspects of employment law, including audits of employment policies, procedures, and practices; sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training of human resource personnel, managers, and supervisors; negotiation and drafting of individual employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements; and counseling regarding wage and hour compliance. Coblentz employment litigators defend virtually every kind of employment case, including class actions, collective actions, and public enforcement proceedings.

Intellectual Property:
Coblentz counsels across all aspects of IP management, protection, and enforcement, representing diverse industries, ranging from music and entertainment, to technology, food and beverage, and advertising clients. The firm counsels in corporate IP, trademark, copyright, licensing and other corporate transactions, privacy, and advertising review and compliance. The firm has extensive experience in enforcing clients’ rights through IP litigation.

Exempt Organizations:
Coblentz is nationally recognized for the firm’s knowledge in the complex tax and regulatory issues facing nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. The firm counsels on issues related to charitable contributions, fundraising, fiduciary duties of directors and trustees, governance compensation and income tax issues, investment strategies and contract negotiations. Coblentz has experience in complex structures for nonprofit organizations, including the use of supporting organizations, limited liability companies, joint ventures, partnerships and corporate subsidiaries, as appropriate for each client’s particular circumstance.