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 (2016-2019); 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 - 2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Intellectual Property & Patent Litigation, 2019

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

Publication

Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office

Click here for the audio recording of the webinar "Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office.

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Event

ABA 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime

Jessica Nall will be speaking at the 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime session, "Updates in Cybercrime: Are We Fighting an Impossible Battle?" Details: Information security has now become an essential part of corporate...

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Risk Management Summit for Agriculture and Cannabis

Rebecca Stephens will be presenting the topic "A Closer Look at Ag/Cannabis Employment Issues Surfacing in 2020" at Newfront Insurance's Risk Management Summit for Agriculture & Cannabis. Join us for a free, all-day event...

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News

Farella Assists San Francisco Flower Mart With Development Project

Farella Braun + Martel represented the master tenant of the San Francisco Flower Mart in renegotiating its agreements with Kilroy Realty Corp., including a long-term master lease to permanently relocate the Flower Mart to...

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Sushila Chanana Named to 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Sushila Chanana has been named a member of the 2020 class of Fellows participating in a landmark program created by...

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News

North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims

Tyler Gerking, chair of Farella's Insurance Recovery Group, was quoted in the Napa Valley Register article, "North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims." In the article, Tyler said he would expect...

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Publication

Another Federal Circuit Finds Phishing Loss Covered Under Crime Policy

Companies of all sizes have fallen victim to attacks whereby fraudsters will use deceptive communications, such as spoofed emails, to trick an employee into transferring money into the fraudsters’ control. While these increasingly prevalent...

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2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law

Rebecca Stephens will be speaking at the 2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law session, "Marijuana in the Workplace." Details: According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of...

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Publication

Strategy Lessons From Wells Fargo Fintech Patent Litigation

United States Automobile Association (USAA) is a financial services company that provides insurance, banking, investment, and retirement products and services for members of the military and their families. On June 7, 2018, USAA filed...

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Publication

Your Retirement Planning and the SECURE Act

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (or SECURE Act), signed into law on December 20, 2019, changes retirement planning significantly and unexpectedly. The bulk of the changes become effective as of January...

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