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, U.S. Department of Justice, Commercial Litigation Branch – Civil Division
Alexander O. Canizares
Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Eldora Ellison, Ph.D.
Director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
Associate General Counsel, Saint-Gobain Corporation
Assistant General Council, U.S. International Trade Commission
Associate Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Palo Alto, CA
Partner, Paul Hastings
Partner, Desmarais LLP
Assistant Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Appellate Division
(Currently on detail as an Assistant to the Solicitor General)
Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, Office of General Cousel
Council membership last revised October 1, 2022