Law360 profiled Deanne as part of the Appellate MVP series, where she discussed her biggest challenges and accomplishments from this past year. Deanne had a banner year representing a diverse group of clients including Sandoz, Washington University, United Parcel Service, BASF, the Lummi Nation, and as amicus appointed by the D.C. Circuit in a case against the SEC.
Deanne’s major accomplishments in 2017 were discussed throughout the profile, in particular, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling unanimously for Morrison & Foerster client Sandoz in a closely watched case involving the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), which provides a streamlined approval path for biosimilars. In a statement, Sandoz touted the victory: “The Justices’ unanimous ruling on the notice of commercial marketing will help expedite patient access to life-enhancing treatments.”
“It is a good representation of our work,” Deanne told Law360. “It really is fun to be an appellate lawyer especially here at Morrison Foerster, where I get to work at our clients’ most important cases, on cutting edge legal issues that are cases of first impression for the courts.”
The profile also discussed Deanne’s work on behalf of client Washington University; Deanne and her team convinced a Third Circuit panel to revive a patent licensing suit brought by Washington University against the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
“In some ways, these are the most rewarding because we often get cases after they have gone on a long time and we are able to frame an issue up for the court of appeals in a way to flip the outcome and send it back to the district court for trial or a full reversal,” Deanne said.
In the Law360 MVP profile, Deanne emphasized that her work is not just an individual effort; it’s the work of the team surrounding her, as well. She noted that her fellow co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice, Joseph Palmore, was a key part of the team for the Sandoz v. Amgen Supreme Court victory.
“It helps to have great colleagues, and I have been fortunate in my career to have terrific mentors and have great colleagues,” Deanne said.