The Advisory Council for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was established pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2077(b) to review, study, and make recommendations regarding the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures of the court. Administrative Order 2021-11 (pdf) establishes the procedures and membership for the Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council also serves as a conduit between the public and the court regarding the court’s procedural rules.
Question, comments, or suggestions for improvement to the Federal Circuit’s Rules of Practice or Internal Operating Procedures may be directed to the Advisory Council by mail to Advisory Council, c/o Circuit Executive and Clerk of Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, DC 20439.
The Advisory Council can neither assist nor intervene in cases before the court. The Advisory Council is also not involved in Judicial Conduct or Judicial Disability matters. Any questions or concerns about pending or final decisions of the Federal Circuit should be directed to the Clerk’s Office. Judicial Conduct and Disability information is available on our website.
Deanne E. Maynard, Chair
Partner, Morrison & Foerster, LLP
Ginger D. Anders
Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Assistant Branch Director, Commercial Litigation Branch – Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Alexander O. Canizares
Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP
Tara D. Elliott
Partner, Lathan & Watkins LLP
Michael R. Franzinger
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Associate General Counsel, Saint-Gobain Corporation
Associate Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
Deanna Tanner Okun
Managing Partner, Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP
Partner, Desmarais LLP
Assistant Director, Civil Appellate Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Adam R. Shartzer
Partner, Fish & Richardson
Deputy General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
Council membership last revised October 1, 2021