Biography

Deborah Kelly has significant experience in mass tort and complex environmental litigation matters, assisting attorneys in a wide variety of federal and state litigation, including product liability actions, cost recovery/contribution cases, citizen lawsuits, natural resource damages, and enforcement actions. Her experience in environmental counseling matters includes coordinating complex due diligence projects and conducting research and analysis on domestic and international product stewardship issues.

Deborah has managed several complex and document intensive matters from inception to trial. She served as lead paralegal in defending a Fortune 50 company on a multi-billion dollar, precedent-setting natural resource damages matter providing support during the multi-week pretrial conferences. She has served as case manager in the defense of 10,000+ plaintiff toxic tort claims and in defending a nationally known pharmaceutical company in product liability claims arising from adverse drug reactions.

She is an integral member of environmental litigation teams, efficiently handling voluminous facts and documents electronically, and proficiently identifying, investigating, and deciphering factual issues. She is also experienced in navigating document research and collection from governmental agencies.

Deborah is actively involved in the Paralegal Department at Farella providing training for junior level paralegals and presenting seminars on relevant professional issues for the paralegal.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • San Francisco Paralegal Association

Firm Highlights

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Farella Braun + Martel Elevates Five to Partner

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Join Holly Sutton and co-speaker, Erin Hastings, in the discussion on "Equal Pay Data Reporting, an Asset for the Strategic Employer." California’s recently passed SB973 requires certain employers to collect and report the number...

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Proposition 19, which passed last month, has important consequences for all real property owners in California. It is important to act quickly before Proposition 19's effective date of February 16, 2021. Proposition 19 has...

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Perspectives on Virtual Proceedings: ADR & Claims Resolution in a COVID World

Erica Villanueva will be speaking at the 2021 Virtual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar on "Perspectives on Virtual Proceedings: ADR & Claims Resolution in a COVID World."

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The Pitfalls of Boilerplate Lease Agreements

Quinn Arntsen was featured in a GlobeSt Q&A on the pitfalls of boilerplate lease agreements. There are several provisions landlords should insist upon when renegotiating leases. But there are also several common pitfalls including...

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17 Firms Join Crowell in Seeking Trump's Removal

Farella is among 17 law firms joining Crowell & Moring in sending a joint letter to Vice President Mike Pence to call for President Donald Trump’s immediate removal from office and to urge Pence to invoke the 25th...

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Lawyers Warn Those Bracing for Prop. 19’s Tax Hit: Act Fast

Evan Abrams spoke to the San Francisco Business Times for the article "Lawyers Warn Those Bracing for Prop. 19’s Tax Hit: Act Fast."  In the article, Evan said, “If you really want to do anything...

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Cannabis IP: Using Intellectual Property to Protect Your Assets and Grow Your Business

Join Nate Garhart and Ashley Roybal-Reid in the discussion on "Cannabis IP: Using Intellectual Property to Protect Your Assets and Grow Your Business." Intellectual property (IP) is a critical issue in the cannabis industry...

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Bankruptcy Provisions in COVID Relief Legislation Impacting PPP Loans, Commercial Leases and Preference Claims

With the COVID-19 pandemic stretching on into another year, businesses continue to experience adverse effects. Bankruptcy filings, especially among retailers, were higher than average in 2020, and it is likely that more companies large...

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What to Do When Commercial Leases End Up in Bankruptcy

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many businesses to close, leaving landlords in the lurch. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake up the nation’s economy. Long-standing companies such as JC Penney, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s...

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