Hanson Bridgett Adds Counsel to Wine Law Practice, Establishes Presence in Napa and Sonoma

August, 2022 - San Francisco, California

August 1, 2022 (San Francisco, CA) - Hanson Bridgett LLP, an AmLaw 200 law firm serving all of California and beyond, is pleased to announce that Brian Russell has joined as Counsel in the firm's Real Estate + Environment Section.

"Brian rounds out our Wine Law Practice and gives us a footprint in the heart of wine country,” said Jordan Lavinsky, who chairs Hanson Bridgett’s Real Estate + Environment Section. “His wine law and land use expertise, coupled with his deep roots in the Napa and Sonoma communities, make him a true standout and asset for our clients.”

Russell has nearly two decades of experience representing Napa and Sonoma wine and hospitality businesses in all real estate, corporate, and licensing matters. His practice areas include business, real estate, land use, CEQA, water rights and natural resources, trademark and municipal law. He has advised clients on contract negotiation, real estate acquisitions, alcohol beverage licensing, drafting purchase agreements, entity formation, and securing land use entitlements in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

Most recently, Russell was in-house counsel for the Palmaz Companies, a family office that owns and operates four diverse companies, including GoodHeart Brand Specialty Foods, Vactronix Scientific, Palmaz Vineyards, and Genesee Valley Ranch.

“I am excited to play a role in growing the firm's Wine Law Practice and expanding its presence in Napa and Sonoma,” Russell said. “I was drawn to Hanson Bridgett’s unique, collaborative culture and roster of talented attorneys. I look forward to being part of the team.”