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Farella Braun & Martel has elevated six attorneys to its new partnership class, effective Jan. 1. The firm currently has 52 partners, and this year’s class size is the same size as 2001. B. Scott Douglass, 39, special counsel, is a member of the firm’s litigation department. He specializes in construction and surety-related litigation. Prior to joining Farella, Douglass worked in the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie. He earned his J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law in 1993. Serving as special counsel to the firm’s litigation department, Sandra Kearney, 36, is a member of the environmental and construction practice groups. Before joining Farella, Kearney worked as an assistant district attorney in San Francisco. She earned her law degree from University of San Francisco School of Law in 1991. Associate Thomas Mayhew, 32, also works in the firm’s litigation department. Prior to joining the firm, Mayhew clerked for Judge David Levi of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. He also clerked for Judge William Schwarzer of the Third and Ninth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeal. Mayhew earned his J.D. in 1995 from Boalt Hall School of the Law. Richard Rabbitt, 38, is an associate in the firm’s real estate and land use practice group. He worked previously in Chicago at Altheimer & Gray and O’Melveny & Myers. Rabbitt earned his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1993. Stephanie Skaff, 35, is an associate in the firm’s intellectual property litigation group. She is currently defending a group of movie studios, including MGM, Walt Disney and Tri-Star, in an action challenging the constitutionality of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. She earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1995. Derrick Watson, 36, serves as special counsel in the firm’s environmental group. Prior to joining Farella, Watson served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California. He earned his J.D. in 1991 from Harvard Law School. “We’re delighted to bring on six new partners like this. From my perspective it represents the breadth and depth of our practice,” said William Schlinkert, the firm’s chairman.

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