Jeffrey Newman

Jeffrey Newman is a senior partner at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco. During his career he has been a leader in the firm’s efforts in many areas – business planning, transactions, finance, insolvency workouts, real estate, tax, employment, and wine, agriculture and agricultural processing. He has served on the firm’s executive committee, as chair of its business practice and as a supervisor and mentor of many of its lawyers. He has worked with individuals, entrepreneurs, small and large businesses, non-profits, domestic and foreign clientele and on matters involving people of modest means to multi-billions and on every continent, in addition to work on education reform, assistance to the indigent and early dispute resolution.

His varied experiences include serving as the CEO of a Silicon Valley technology start up and as President of the Hess Collection Winery, as a Board of Directors member for many companies, as a faculty member working on World Bank-sponsored eco-development training in the Ukraine, teaching graduate students at Renmin University in Beijing, work on environmental issues in India and water delivery in Uzbekistan, advising the government of Belarus on ecotourism, and on creation of structures for collective farmers in Ghana and China. He has also lead Congressional election campaigns, been an advance man for a Presidential and a Senatorial campaign and run for public office.

After graduating from Berkeley Law, he worked in the Poverty Program (Office of Economic Opportunity) in the Johnson Administration, was the senior Washington aide to Congressman Jeffery Cohelan (Democrat – Berkeley/Oakland), and then went to Ghana where he worked with the Attorney General of Ghana and as Senior Advisor to the Ghana Law Reform Commission, helping develop legislation for marriage and divorce, real property, an evidence code and others laws, and taught at the law school at the University of Ghana.


A.B., Stanford University (1963)
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (1966)