Stephanie P. Skaff

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Stephanie Skaff is chair of Farella Braun+ Martel’s Intellectual Property Litigation Department. She represents companies in complex litigation involving intellectual property, technology, privacy and licensing issues.  

Ms. Skaff'’s clients benefit from her knowledge of and credibility with the state and federal court benches gained through her roles as a past president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as a former co-chair of the Northern District of California Lawyer Representatives Committee.


Ms. Skaff is regularly chosen as lead counsel for patent infringement and other intellectual property actions venued in jurisdictions around the country, including the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, Delaware and other federal jurisdictions. She represents clients in actions involving computer hardware, software, internet search and applications, mobile devices, gaming, financial services, encryption, networking and database technology. Her clients include well-known companies like Google and Dell, and also smaller technology companies and individuals battling significant litigation disputes. 


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 commercial 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 action brought against a large national bank. 


Ms. Skaff 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.   


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.



  • President, Bar Association of San Francisco (2014)
  • Co-Chair, ABA IP Roundtable Committee
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • American Inns of Court (Edward J. McFetridge Inn)
  • Clerked for the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the United States District Court, Northern District of California