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Caitlin Connell, Associate

Email: cconnell@gawvanmale.com

T: 707.252.9000

F: 707.252.0792

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Corporate Law – focus on Wine industry

  • Real Estate Transactions

  • Litigation

Caitlin is an Associate Attorney at GVM Law, LLP and practices in the Business Transactional Department, with a focus on Wine Law, Business and Real Estate Transactions.  Caitlin is also a liaison to the firm’s Litigation department.

Caitlin is an experienced business transactions attorney with extensive background in litigation and employment law. Her experience prosecuting, defending and resolving legal disputes has enabled a unique perspective towards protecting and achieving her clients’ business goals.

She specializes in drafting, negotiating, and evaluating contracts related to the wine and agriculture industries.  She is proficient in corporate governance (formation, strategic planning, and compliance) and advises wine industry clients on matters relating to events, promotions, and relations with distributors and other vendors.  She ensures compliance with applicable law and regulations, including dealings with Alcohol and Beverage Control Center, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Developmental Services, and Americans with Disabilities Act.

Caitlin facilitates business purchase contracts and real estate acquisitions, and routinely represents and advises residential and commercial landlords and tenants regarding property management, lease drafting and assignment, default, and unlawful detainer.

Caitlin also assists businesses in employment and discrimination matters, including disability discrimination claims, employment contract disputes, staffing agreements and employment manuals.

During her time as a law student, Caitlin interned at the Napa County Superior Court for the honorable Judge Raymond Guadagni. 

 Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles – B.A., Sociology and Political Science, 2006

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law – J.D., 2010

Honors & Awards

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law – Constitutional Law Quarterly, Senior Article Editor

  • Association of Students for Kids – President

Professional Affiliations

  • Napa County Women Lawyers – Vice President

  • Napa Young Lawyers Division –  President

  • Napa County Bar Association

  • Contra Costa County Bar Association – Womens section; barristers section; former executive board member of Trial Practice section

Bar Memberships

California - 2010

Joined the Firm

2016