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Deborah Ballati Named One of Northern California’s Real Estate Women of Influence

October 12, 2011 Accolades

SAN FRANCISCO, October 12, 2011 – Farella Braun + Martel’s Deborah S. Ballati was selected as one of the 2011 Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence in commercial real estate.  Published in the San Francisco Business Times, the Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence program recognized 55 women across the spectrum of disciplines for their contributions and achievements in the real estate industry, including the deals, projects and transactions they were involved in from January 2010 to June 2011.  


This year, Ballati became the first female president of the most prestigious legal association for construction attorneys, the American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL).  The ACCL is comprised of the top one percent of the U.S. construction bar.  Ballati’s role as president affords her the opportunity to have a significant impact on the organization and on construction law as a practice.  Ballati is also an influential attorney in Farella’s nationally regarded construction practice with substantial experience handling delay and defect claims arising out of commercial, residential and heavy civil construction projects, as well as contract drafting and negotiations.  She also has a unique specialty in advising clients both in the construction industry and in other businesses on insurance coverage matters.


Ballati has earned recognition as one of the leading construction attorneys in California in Chambers USA and in The Best Lawyers in America.  Additionally, she was named as one of the 2011 Top 75 Women Litigators in California by the Daily Journal.  She served as chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry from 2002-2003.  Ballati currently serves as an arbitrator in construction cases and has also served as a Judge Pro Tem in the San Francisco Superior Court.


Farella Braun + Martel represents clients throughout the United States and abroad in sophisticated business transactions and high-stakes commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Founded in 1962, the firm is headquartered in San Francisco and maintains an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry. Farella Braun + Martel lawyers are known for their imaginative legal solutions, dynamism and intellectual creativity. With an unwavering service ethic and interdisciplinary team approach, the firm is committed to advancing clients' objectives in the most effective, coordinated and efficient manner. Farella Braun + Martel is a green business.


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