Stephanie Skaff handles complex litigation matters, including intellectual property, fraud, securities, false claims and antitrust. She is chair of Farella’s Intellectual Property Litigation Department.
Ms. Skaff has litigated high-profile commercial fraud actions, including successfully representing the City and County of San Francisco in a highly-publicized, multi-million dollar commercial fraud case involving the San Francisco International Airport and helping the State of California negotiate what continues to be the largest recovery to date under the California False Claims statute -- a $187.5 million settlement of a fraud and false claim action against a large national bank. She is currently representing a large financial services company in twenty-one consolidated actions alleging fraud and other claims relating to the provision of municipal bond insurance, and the former CEO of a publicly-traded, international storage software company facing fraud claims relating to revenue recognition.
Ms. Skaff has successfully litigated copyright, trade secret, patent, licensing and other technology disputes in the Northern District of California, and in other federal and state jurisdictions. She has represented clients in matters involving a wide variety of technology, including database and storage technology, consumer software, telecommunications, encryption, and Internet and search technology. Ms. Skaff's current matters include defending a number of large licensees in copyright litigation relating to remote procedure call (RPC) and database software technology, and representing a Silicon Valley company in connection with licensing disputes involving microprocessor technology
Ms. Skaff is president-elect of the Bar Association of San Francisco and will become the 101st president of the association in 2014. She is a founding member of the Resource Board of the National Association of Women Judges, a former barrister and associate in the Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court, and the Co-Chair of the ABA Litigation Section's popular Intellectual Property Roundtable program. She is a lawyer representative for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Ms. Skaff was recognized by The Recorder as one of 2012’s "Women Leaders in Law" in California and was chosen by the Daily Journal as one of California's "Top 20 Lawyers Under 40" in 2006. She has been repeatedly listed in Northern California Super Lawyers by Law & Politics.