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Farris J. Gillman

Farris J. Gillman

Associate| Phoenix


Farris Gillman focuses her practice in intellectual property and natural resources. Her intellectual property experience includes patent prosecution in aerospace structures and ceramics, license drafting, and contract review. In the field of natural resources, she has written on the federal Toxic Control Substances Act, helped clients manage their water rights, and prepared for litigation in areas including water disputes and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. Farris has also worked with the cyber security group, and is familiar with the data breach notification statutes in multiple states across the country. She hopes to leverage her technical and programming background to do more work in this field in the future.

Her undergraduate degrees in astrophysics and political science piqued her interest in the interplay of science, technology, and government. Farris received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She plans to use that degree to help clients protect their tangible and intangible property rights, as well as navigate the laws and regulations that impact her clients’ operations and innovation.

  • Notre Dame Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2017)
    • Senior Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy
    • Dean's Honor Roll
    • Faculty Award for Excellence: Natural Resources Law
    • Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Program of Study in Land Use, Energy and Environmental Law
    • Environmental Law Society, President
  • Yale University (B.S., Astronomy & Physics and Political Science, 2013)
    • Yale Women in Physics
    • SAE Hybrid Car Team
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Environmental & Natural Resources Section, Secretary
  • "Industry, NGOs, Republicans, and Democrats Bond over Chemistry," Co-Author, S&W Environmental, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas Blog (June 24, 2016)
  • "Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Regulation in the Arctic," Author, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, Student Note (May 2016)
  • "Evaluating the Orbital Parameters of UW LMI: Light Curves and Radial Velocities of Binary Stars - The World of PHOEBE," Author, Astronomy and Physics Thesis (May 2013)
  • "Fatality Curves - A Neoteric Tool to Classify War Using Fatalities vs. Time," Author, Political Science Thesis (December 2012)
  • Yale Alumni Association of Phoenix, Vice President
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Grand Canyon Youth, Trip Coordinator
  • Lowell Observatory, Navajo-Hopi Astronomy Outreach Program Organizer and Docent
  • Notre Dame Law School, Research Assistant to Professor John Nagle (2015-2017)
  • Spanish
  • Arizona
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Arizona