Speaker Bios

Linda T. Coberly, AAAL Fellow
Winston & Strawn, LLP
Chicago, IL

Linda T. Coberly chairs Winston & Strawn’s Appellate & Critical Motions Practice. She has argued more than 50 appeals—spanning eight different federal circuits as well as state appellate and supreme courts across the country—and has served as “appellate lawyer at trial” in courts on both coasts. She has particular expertise in securities and financial fraud cases, product liability suits, administrative law, constitutional law, and class actions. Ms. Coberly served as a law clerk for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit. She serves on the boards of the United Way of Metro Chicago and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. She is also a board member and chair of the Legal Task Force of the national ERA Coalition and speaks and writes widely about the Equal Rights Amendment. Ms. Coberly is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.


Ruthanne M. Deutsch, AAAL Fellow
Deutsch Hunt PLLC
Washington, D.C.

Ruthanne M. Deutsch is a founding partner of the all-women appellate litigation boutique Deutsch Hunt PLLC, now entering its seventh year. Her appellate experience spans the public, private, and academic clinical sectors and includes appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts throughout the country. She has served on the Advisory Committee on Procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Executive Committee of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. Ms. Deutsch served as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Deutsch received a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and worked as an international development economist.


Hon. Timothy B. Dyk
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Washington, D.C.

Hon. Timothy B. Dyk was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President William J. Clinton in 2000. Before his appointment, Judge Dyk was partner and chair of the Issues and Appeals Practice Area at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1990 to 2000. He was an adjunct professor at Yale Law School from 1986 to 1987 and 1989; at the University of Virginia Law School in 1984 and 1985 and from 1987 to 1988; and at the Georgetown University Law Center in 1983, 1986, 1989, and 1991. Judge Dyk was an associate and partner at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering from 1964 to 1990. From 1963 to 1964, he served as special assistant to Assistant Attorney General Louis F. Oberdorfer. He also served as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren from 1962 to 1963, and to Justices Reed and Burton from 1961 to 1962. Judge Dyk received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1958 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1961. He was first president of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court from 2000 to 2001 and president of the Giles Sutherland Rich Inn of Court from 2006 to 2007. He is a member of the American Law Institute and is the author of a memoir titled The Education of a Federal Judge, Anthem Press, 2022.


Eric J. Feigin,
Deputy Solicitor General
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.

Eric J. Feigin is a deputy solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he is responsible for the criminal docket. He previously served as an assistant to the solicitor general. Before joining the Solicitor General’s Office in 2010, he worked on the appellate staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and in private practice. He also served as a judicial law clerk for Justice Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Feigin graduated from Stanford Law School in 2005.


Gregory G. Garre AAAL Fellow
Latham & Watkins, LLP
Washington, DC

Gregory G. Garre is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and Global Chair of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. Named a 2019 and 2022 Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, a 2016 Appellate MVP by Law360, and 2016 Winning Litigator by the National Law Journal, he is widely considered one of the nation’s top appellate advocates. Mr. Garre handles a broad array of complex litigation matters at all levels of the federal and state court systems and counsels clients on constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and other legal matters. Mr. Garre served as the 44th Solicitor General of the United States (2008-2009), after being unanimously confirmed to the position by the US Senate. As Solicitor General, he was the federal government’s top lawyer before the Supreme Court and was responsible for overseeing the government’s litigation in the federal appellate courts. He also served as Principal Deputy Solicitor General (2005-2008) and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General (2000-2004). He is the only person to have held all of those positions within the Office of the Solicitor General. Mr. Garre has argued 45 cases before the Supreme Court and has briefed and served as counsel of record in hundreds of additional cases before the Court at both the merits and certiorari stage.



Hon. Pamela A. Harris
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Silver Spring, MD

Hon. Pamela Harris is a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Before her appointment, Judge Harris worked in private practice for over 10 years, primarily as a Supreme Court and appellate litigator with the firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. She served twice at the U.S. Department of Justice, as principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy from 2010 to 2012 and as an attorney-advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996. Judge Harris also taught constitutional law and criminal procedure at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Georgetown Law Center, served as executive director of Georgetown Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute, and was a co-director of Harvard Law School’s Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy Clinic. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Harris served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Harry T. Edwards of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Lindsay Harrison, AAAL Fellow
Jenner & Block
Washington, D.C.

Lindsay Harrison is a litigator and partner in the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. Her matters span a range of subjects, including administrative law, real estate and hospitality, higher education, and national security. At the age of 30, she argued her first case in any court in the U.S. Supreme Court, where she won an important victory for immigrants in Nken v. Holder. She serves on the D.C. Circuit’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.


Jeffrey A. Lamken, AAAL Fellow
MoloLamken LLP
Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey A. Lamken has argued 25 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and briefed dozens more on a wide range of topics, including administrative law, antitrust, bankruptcy, civil rights, criminal procedure, energy, intellectual property, searches and seizures, separation of powers, and telecommunications. He has handled matters in virtually all the federal courts of appeals. Mr. Lamken also develops, briefs, and argues critical motions in trial matters. He is a founding partner of MoloLamken LLP. He previously headed the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice at BakerBotts LLP, served as an assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice, and worked at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen LLP. Mr. Lamken was a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Deanne E. Maynard, AAAL Fellow
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Washington, D.C.

Deanne Maynard co-chairs Morrison & Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice. Ranked by Chambers in band 1 for nationwide appeals, she has argued 14 times in the U.S. Supreme Court. Her wins in that Court involve a wide range of issues and industries, including life sciences (Sandoz v. Amgen), intellectual property (MedImmune v. Genentech), antitrust (Pacific Bell Telephone Co. v. linkLine Communications, Inc.), financial services (Ransom v. FIA Card Services), and bankruptcy (RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank).Ms. Maynard also argues complex high stakes cases in courts of appeals, having argued dozens of appeals nationwide. Before joining Morrison & Foerster, she served as an assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice. After law school, Ms. Maynard clerked for two terms on the U.S. Supreme Court—one for Justice Stephen Breyer and another for Justice Lewis Powell (Ret.) and Justice John Paul Stevens. Ms. Maynard graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review


Pamela B. Petersen, AAAL Fellow
Axon Enterprise, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ

Pamela B. Petersen is an AV® peer review rated attorney with 36 years of appellate and commercial litigation experience nationwide. Ms. Petersen served as Co-Chair and Editor of the Arizona Appellate Handbook from 2006-2017. She is past chair the Appellate Practice Section of the Arizona State Bar and served on its Executive Council from 2008-2015. Ms. Petersen is a three-time chair of the Arizona Appellate Practice Institute (2010, 2012, 2014). From 2000-2005, she authored the Criminal Appeals supplements for the Ninth Circuit Appellate Handbook (West 2d ed.).

Ms. Petersen currently is Vice President of Litigation and National Appellate Counsel for Axon Enterprise, Inc. (formerly TASER International). Her appellate career began in 1986 clerking for Hon. Mary Schroeder on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She handled numerous appeals as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona and a partner on Lewis and Roca LLP’s appellate practice team. From 2000 - 2012, the Law Office of Pamela B. Petersen focused heavily in appeals, including working with trial counsel to set up and preserve issues for appeal during the pre- and post-trial motion phases of a case. Ms. Petersen moved in-house at Axon in May 2012, briefing and arguing all Axon appeals nationally, as well as serving as appellate counsel on the trial team in TASER product liability, commercial and IP litigation.


Hon. Neomi Rao
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Washington, D.C.

Hon. Neomi Rao was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in March 2019. She graduated from Yale College in 1995 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1999. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and, in the 2001 October term, as law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. Between her clerkships, Judge Rao served as counsel for nominations and constitutional law to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. In 2002, she joined the international arbitration group of Clifford Chance LLP in London, England. From 2005 to 2006, she served as special assistant and associate White House counsel to President George W. Bush. From 2006 to 2017, Judge Rao was a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where she taught Constitutional Law, Legislation and Statutory Interpretation, and the History and Foundations of the Administrative State. In 2014, she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State, a nonprofit center that promoted academic scholarship and public policy debates about administrative law. In July 2017, she was appointed to serve as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management Budget. She served in this position until her appointment to the D.C. Circuit.


Hon. Allison Jones Rushing
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Asheville, NC

Hon. Allison Jones Rushing was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in March 2019. Before joining the Fourth Circuit, she was in private practice in Washington, D.C. She also previously served as a law clerk to Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch (then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit); to Hon. David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and to Hon. Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Rushing received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her B.A. from Wake Forest University.


Jo-Ann Sagar
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Washington, D.C.

Jo-Ann Sagar focuses on appellate litigation and complex motions practice in federal and state court. She has briefed numerous appeals before federal and state appellate courts, including issues involving administrative law, federal jurisdiction, patent and copyright law, and employment. Ms. Sagar also maintains an active pro bono practice focusing on constitutional law, civil rights, and prison conditions. She has argued cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Sixth Circuits. She served as a law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh (then a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit), and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson (then a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia). Prior to her clerkship with Justice Breyer, Ms. Sagar was a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice.


Pratik A. Shah
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Washington, D.C.

Pratik A. Shah is head of Akin Gump’s Supreme Court and appellate practice. He has argued 16 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court (winning all but three) and over 50 cases in the federal courts of appeals, including in every circuit. In addition to briefing and arguing cases in federal and state appellate courts across the country, Mr. Shah provides strategic advice to clients at all stages of constitutional, regulatory, and other complex litigation. Before joining Akin Gump, Mr. Shah served for more than five years as an assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to his work there, he worked in the appellate practice of another international law firm, taught constitutional law, and clerked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge William A. Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Kannon Shanmugam, AAAL Fellow
Paul Weiss
Washington, D.C.

Kannon Shanmugam is a partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He is chair of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice and managing partner of the Washington office. Mr. Shanmugam is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top appellate litigators. He has argued 34 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including four cases in 2021. In all, he has argued over 100 appeals in courts across the country including arguments in all 13 federal courts of appeals and in numerous state courts. Prior to private practice, Mr. Shanmugam served as an assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


Hon. Sri Srinivasan, Chief Judge
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Washington, D.C.

Hon. Sri Srinivasan was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in May 2013 and became chief judge in February 2020. Born in Chandigarh, India, and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, he received a B.A. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In 1998, he joined the law firm O’Melveny & Myers. From 2002 to 2007, he served as an assistant to the solicitor general. In 2007, he returned to O’Melveny & Myers as a partner, later becoming chair of the firm’s appellate and Supreme Court practice. From 2011 until his appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Srinivasan served as the principal deputy solicitor general of the United States. He has argued 25 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also taught appellate advocacy at Harvard Law School as well as a seminar on civil rights statutes and the Supreme Court at Georgetown University Law Center.


Cate Stetson, AAAL Fellow
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Washington, D.C.

Cate Stetson is co-director of Hogan Lovells’ nationally acclaimed appellate practice group and has twice served as an elected member of the firm's Global Board. Ranked Band 1 by Chambers for Appellate Litigation, she has argued over 100 appeals and dozens of trial-court matters. Her respected practice sees her arguing a diverse range of high-stakes and complex cases, including multiple arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, every federal circuit court of appeals, state appellate courts ranging from New York to California, and district courts spanning the country from Alaska to Vermont. Ms. Stetson is an elected member of the American Law Institute; a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; and serves on the D.C. Circuit's Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct.


Sarah Stewart Ware
University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA

Sarah Stewart Ware is professor of law and co-director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she has taught since 2009. She teaches a year-long course on Legal Research and Writing and co-directs the law school’s Legal Writing Fellows. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She spent several years prior to law school at independent book publisher W. W. Norton & Company, where she edited popular nonfiction in the fields of economics, history, and science.