Stephanie Skaff is chair of Farella Braun+ Martel’s Intellectual Property Litigation Department. Ms. Skaff represents companies and individuals in complex disputes involving intellectual property, technology, privacy and licensing issues.
Ms. Skaff’s practice focuses on patent and technology litigation. She represents clients in patent infringement actions involving computer hardware, software, internet search and applications, mobile devices, gaming, financial services, encryption, networking and database technology. She is experienced in key courts for patent actions around the country, including the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and Delaware among others.
Ms. Skaff represents clients in litigation involving complex royalty issues and, as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/U), advises and represents clients with respect to a broad range of privacy issues.
Ms. Skaff has successfully represented a number of clients in high-profile fraud actions. She represented the City and County of San Francisco in a highly-publicized, multi-million dollar commercial fraud case involving the construction of the San Francisco International Airport and, in another case, helped obtain 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 brought against a large national bank on behalf of a qui tam plaintiff, the State of California and numerous California cities, counties and local government agencies.
Ms. Skaff is Vice President 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 a past co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section’s Intellectual Property Committee. She is also the current co-chair of the Lawyer Representative Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Ms. Skaff was recognized by The Recorder as one of 2013's 50 "Women Leaders in Tech Law" in California and 2012’s “Women Leaders in Law” in California. In 2006, she was chosen by the Daily Journal as one of California’s “Top 20 Lawyers Under 40” and she has been repeatedly listed among Northern California Super Lawyers.
Ms. Skaff has a background in database design and programming and, prior to law school, worked for a large public accounting firm in Los Angeles, California.