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

Publication

Failures Are Valuable IP: Protect Your Startup’s Negative Trade Secrets

Technology companies and start-ups are familiar with protecting inventions with patents, and protecting their secret formulas, source code, and algorithms as trade secrets. But tech companies may not be aware of another powerful form of...

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News

PNC Scores a Win in Battle With USAA Over Mobile Check Deposit Patents

Eugene Mar, intellectual property litigation partner and chair of the Technology Industry Group, spoke to Amerian Banker for the article "PNC Scores a Win in Battle With USAA Over Mobile Check Deposit Patents." "My...

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Farella Braun + Martel Partner Sarah Good Appointed to California State Bar Board of Trustees

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Event

Wage Transparency: Current and Future Requirements for Employers

Holly Sutton is speaking at the session "Wage Transparency: Current and Future Requirements for Employers" at HR West's 2023 conference. Session Overview: The session will address the current wage transparency posting and reporting requirements for California employers and related...

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Nonprofit Basics: What You Need To Know About Expenditure Responsibility

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Have you ever heard the phrase, “you’ll have to exercise expenditure responsibility as a condition for giving or receiving a grant,” and then...

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Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2023 New Partner Class

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California’s New Pay Transparency Law

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Every January brings a slew of new laws that take effect at the federal and state level, and it seems that there are...

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Event

Bisnow: East Bay State of the Market

CJ Higley will moderate the panel "Tenant Activity, Creative Deal Structures, and Smart Investments Opportunities & Meeting Never-Ending Demand for Industrial Space" at Bisnow's annual “East Bay State of the Market" event. Click  here  for more information...

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San Francisco’s Downtown: What Does the Future Hold?

Join us in person with Farella's CJ Higley with guest speakers, Marc Babsin with Emerald Fund, Jim Hakes with Handel Architects, and Anne Taupier with San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, at...

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California Attorney General Announces Enforcement Sweep of Mobile Applications

Shortly before Privacy Day, California Attorney General (Cal AG) Rob Bonta  announced  a California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) enforcement sweep that targeted mobile applications. The sweep focused on popular apps in the retail, travel...

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