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Deanne E. Maynard

Deanne E. Maynard

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Deanne E. Maynard, chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court practice group, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, and a former Assistant to the Solicitor General at the United States Department of Justice.

Ms. Maynard has argued and briefed significant cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and the federal courts of appeals. She has argued over ten patent appeals in the Federal Circuit in the last several years, and currently is handling multiple patent appeals in that court. She recently led a Morrison & Foerster appeals team that obtained a significant victory for our client IGT against Bally Technologies, and another team that obtained a reversal of non-infringement findings against our client Toshiba. Ms. Maynard also successfully obtained a writ of mandamus in Link_a_Media ordering transfer of a patent case from Delaware to California, in what may be the first such writ issued to a Delaware district court.

In addition to her substantial Federal Circuit experience, Ms. Maynard has argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and she has filed over 100 briefs in that Court. Her Supreme Court arguments include the patent case MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. She also was a principal author of the briefs for the United States at the cert stage in Bilski v. Doll and at the cert and merits stages in Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. Just last Term she argued and prevailed for the respondent in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank, an important bankruptcy case involving the rights of secured creditors. The previous Term, she argued and prevailed in Ransom v. FIA Card Services, a case involving the interpretation of the federal bankruptcy statute.

Ms. Maynard served in the Solicitor General's office at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2004-2009. Before joining the Solicitor General's office, Ms. Maynard was a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C.

After law school, Ms. Maynard clerked twice on the Supreme Court of the United States. During the October 1994 Term, she clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer in his first year on the Court. During the 1993 Term, she clerked for retired Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and affiliated with Justice John Paul Stevens. From 1991-1993, Ms. Maynard clerked for Judge Stanley Harris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ms. Maynard graduated magna cum laude in 1991 from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She earned a B.A., with distinction, in English from the University of Virginia, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2013, Chambers USA 2012, and Legal 500 US 2012.

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