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Jeff Faucette

Since 1997, Jeff Faucette has helped clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies resolve disputes in a wide variety of cases.  When SolarCity breached a contract with Borrego Solar Systems, Jeff took the case to arbitration and single-handedly won an award for more than $1.6 million against a team of lawyers from Morgan Lewis & Bockius.  When BTL Industries was sued for false advertising and unfair competition, Jeff defeated a motion for preliminary injunction and a motion for partial summary judgment, preserving BTL’s ability to continue to sell its Vanquish medical device.  When Datel Holdings was sued for trade secret misappropriation by Hewlett-Packard, Jeff and his partner Jason successfully defended the case leading to a voluntary dismissal by HP. Jeff has also successfully defended the international law firm DLA Piper in several professional liability matters in Northern California, assisted MedImmune in its successful effort to invalidate a humanized antibody patent held by PDL and to enforce a significant most-favored-licensee clause, represented a Fortune 500 consumer products company in several trademark matters including inter partes proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  He has also represented numerous individuals and small companies in disputes involving intellectual property, director and officer liability, trade secret and employee mobility issues, and general contract disputes.

Jeff’s clients have included the following:

  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.
  • BTL Industries, Inc.
  • Datel Holdings
  • DLA Piper
  • Dover Publications
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • Sotheby’s, Inc.
  • The Wine Group
  • Yahoo!

Jeff began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Sven Erik Holmes, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma.  He then joined the law firm Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco in 1997 and became a partner there in 2004. In late 2009, he joined the litigation boutique Taylor & Company Law Offices LLP where he continued his practice in a small firm.  In 2012, Jeff and Jason Skaggs merged their practices to form Skaggs Faucette LLP.

Jeff was selected as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in the area of intellectual property litigation in 2004, and 2010-2017.  He is currently a member of the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association.  He has lectured on the issues of the right of publicity and professional athletes and has led discussions at the INTA annual meeting on the recovery of attorneys’ fees in trademark litigation.

Jeff graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1996 with high honors.  At Duke, he was a member of the Moot Court Board, a member and an articles editor on the Duke Law Journal, and the author of The Freedom of Speech at Risk in Cyberspace:  Obscenity Doctrine and a Frightened University’s Censorship of Sex on the Internet, 44 Duke L. J. 1155.  In 1991, Jeff graduated from Stanford University with a bachelors degree in political science and departmental honors for his thesis on the deregulation of the cable television industry.  Between college and law school, Jeff worked in Washington, DC in politics, first as a doorkeeper in the U.S. Senate, then as press assistant on the House Armed Services Committee.  In 1992, he was the press secretary for a congressional campaign in Montgomery County, Maryland and then he spent six months working in the area of polling and focus group research at Peter D. Hart & Associates.

He is also a member of the Bar of the State of California, BASF and the South Carolina Bar.  From 2004-2010, Jeff served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Public Schools, Inc., a non-profit organization building a network of charter high schools in underserved areas of Northern California.

When not practicing law, Jeff is actively involved in youth soccer in Oakland as the coach of a U19 women’s team, as a referee of youth soccer games and and as a player for AFC Alcatraz in the summer league and for the Rusty Plough in the East Bay Senior Soccer League.  From 2014-2017, Jeff served as the President of the Board of Jack London Youth Soccer League (a league of over 5,000 players in the East Bay).