Deanne E. Maynard, co-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. Clients have described her as “an exceptionally skilled lawyer and incredibly hardworking” and “one of the finest advocates in the Supreme Court bar” (Legal 500 2014). Others have described Ms. Maynard as “incredibly established … always polite and civilized but a zealous advocate for her clients. A great person and a great lawyer” (Legal 500 2014).
Ms. Maynard also has substantial knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge antitrust and intellectual property issues. Her Supreme Court arguments include the patent case MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. and the antitrust case Pacific Bell Telephone Company v. linkLine Communications, Inc. She also was a principal author of the briefs for the United States in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., and briefs at the certiorari stage in Bilski v. Doll and American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League.
In addition to her substantial Supreme Court experience, Ms. Maynard has argued and briefed significant cases in the federal courts of appeals. Her appellate experience mirrors the wide-ranging litigation breadth of the firm, running the gamut from patent appeals in the Federal Circuit, where she has argued more than 20 appeals, to appeals in the other Circuits on antitrust, securities law, class action, and other intellectual property issues.
Ms. Maynard served in the Solicitor General’s office from 2004-2009. Before joining the Solicitor General’s office, Ms. Maynard was a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. Her practice at Jenner involved a wide variety of complex litigation matters at all levels of the federal judiciary, ranging from a multi-billion dollar government contracts case to media and First Amendment litigation.
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 also Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Ms. Maynard is Immediate-Past President of the Coke Appellate Inn of Court. Ms. Maynard was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in 2012 for her recognized distinction as an appellate lawyer.
Ms. Maynard is recommended as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in America 2015, Chambers USA 2015, and Legal 500 US 2015.