Biography

Stephanie Skaff represents companies in complex litigation involving intellectual property, technology, privacy, and licensing issues.

Her 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.

Stephanie is regularly chosen as lead counsel for trade secret, patent infringement, and other intellectual property actions venued in jurisdictions around the country, including the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and Delaware. 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 have included well-known companies like Google and Dell, and also smaller technology companies and individuals battling significant “bet the company” litigation disputes.

Stephanie has successfully represented clients in high profile intellectual property disputes for more than two decades. Most recently, she helped lead the team responsible for a multimillion jury verdict in a trade secret and breach of contract case involving data center technology. Stephanie brings a unique ability to help her clients overcome legal challenges, tell their stories to lay judges and juries, and forge a strategic path to the quickest and most successful resolution of their intellectual property disputes. 

Stephanie 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. She has a background in database design and programming and, prior to law school, worked for a large public accounting firm in Los Angeles, California.

Distinctions

  • Women Leaders in Tech Law, The Recorder, 2013-2015, 2017-2018
  • Forever Influential Honor Roll, San Francisco Business Times, 2016
  • Managing Intellectual Property - IP Stars; Top 250 Women in IP, 2016-2018
  • Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators, Daily Journal, 2015
  • Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, San Francisco Business Times, 2014
  • Recommended Patent Litigation Practitioner, IAM Patent 1000, 2014-2017
  • Future Star, Benchmark Litigation (2011-2019)
  • Women Leaders in Law, The Recorder, 2012
  • Top 20 Lawyers Under 40, Daily Journal, 2006 
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2006 - 2009, 2011 - 2018)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • 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

Firm Highlights

Event

Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

Barbara Murphy, Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens, speakers, Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

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Publication

Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

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Daily Journal Names Jeff Fisher Among Top IP Lawyers in California

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2019

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