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Farella Braun + Martel's Deborah Ballati Elected Treasurer of the American College of Construction Lawyers

March 19, 2008 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, Mar. 19, 2008 - Deborah S. Ballati, a partner in Farella Braun + Martel's Construction and Insurance Coverage Practice Groups, has been elected treasurer of the American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL) executive board.  She has been a fellow with the ACCL since 1997 and the treasurer's post is the first in a four-year executive term, which will conclude with Ballati serving as the first female ACCL president in 2011.   

Founded in 1990, the ACCL is one of the premier legal associations in America, and it is comprised of the top one percent of the U.S. construction bar, as well as lawyers and judges from Canada, Britain and France.  Fellowship is extended by invitation to lawyers and judges who have mastered the practice or the teaching of construction law and dispute resolution pertaining to the built environment and those whose professional careers exhibit the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

In her litigation practice, Ballati represents companies involved in all aspects of the construction industry, including owners, contractors and design professionals.   She has substantial experience with delays and defect claims arising out of commercial, residential and heavy civil construction projects, as well as contract drafting and negotiations and related insurance matters.  Ballati also represents policyholders in pursuing coverage under all types of insurance policies, including primary and excess general liability, property, professional liability and employment practice liability policies.

Ballati is a frequent lecturer on insurance and construction law in venues throughout the United States.  She served as chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry from 2002-2003.  Currently an arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court and the American Arbitration Association, Ballati has also been a Judge Pro Tem in the San Francisco Superior Court.  She has earned recognition as one of the leading construction attorneys in California in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers and as a Northern California Super Lawyer and one of the Top 50 Female Northern California Super Lawyers by Law & Politics.

Ballati received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (1975) and her B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in political science from Stanford University (1972).

Since its founding in 1962, Farella Braun + Martel has achieved a national reputation for the acumen of its business practice, the high profile cases of its complex commercial litigation practice and its prestigious client base. Based in San Francisco, the firm serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses. The firm also has an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry and related businesses. Farella Braun + Martel is a Green Business.


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Farella Braun + Martel LLP
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