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

  • Future Star, Benchmark Litigation (2011-2019)
  • 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
  • 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

News

Farella Braun + Martel Wins Benchmark Litigation 2019 San Francisco Firm of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel announces it has been named “San Francisco Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation . Farella Partner Douglas Young accepted the award on behalf of...

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CBD in Foods and Beverages? Not Quite Yet

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Emerging Contaminants: Coming to an NRD Site Near You!

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Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

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Erica Villanueva Named to 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program

SAN FRANCISCO, February 25, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partner Erica Villanueva has been named a member of the 2019 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows....

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Ninth Circuit Asks the California Supreme Court to Interpret the Scope of Personal Injury Coverage

On January 15, 2019, the Ninth Circuit certified the following question to the California Supreme Court: Does a commercial liability policy that covers “personal injury,” defined as “injury… arising out of… [o]ral or written...

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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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Prior Litigation Can Impact Coverage in Future Disputes

GlobeSt.com March 6, 2019 "Prior Litigation Can Impact Coverage in Future Disputes" Insurance Recovery Senior Associate Shanti Eagle discusses how positions taken by insureds in prior litigation can impact or foreclose coverage in subsequent disputes...

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Advancing the Careers of Women in the Environmental Practice: Obstacles & Opportunities

Sandra Edwards, Speaker, Advancing the Careers of Women in the Environmental Practice: Obstacles & Opportunities Join ELI-WELL for an inclusive conversation with women leaders in the environmental practice, exploring the unique challenges and opportunities women...

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