Deanna Conn, Partner


For more than two decades, Deanna Conn has been helping clients obtain or defend their intellectual property or other commercial interests. Deanna negotiates contracts, intellectual property licenses, supplier distribution agreements, software and online applications, advises regarding the latest internet law and e-commerce developments, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), clickwrap agreements, anti-spamming, online reputation management, trademark and copyright law and data security and privacy advice. Deanna is a member of the Quarles & Brady Intellectual Property Practice Group and Data Privacy and Security Team.

Deanna also specializes in advising direct selling and multi-level marketing (MLM) companies regarding online distributor policies, sales channels, use of trademark, social media, FTC and regulatory compliance, compensation plans, income disclosure statements, and independent contractor and independent sales representative status. Deanna is a member of the Quarles & Brady Direct Selling Industry Team. Quarles has been a long standing supplier member of the Direct Selling Association.

Deanna also litigates cases in federal and state courts involving commercial litigation matters such as breach of contract and partnership disputes, appeals and all areas of intellectual property, including patent, troll defense, trademark, copyright, misappropriation of trade secret, unfair competition, domain name litigation, including AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) and Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) disputes.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Columbia University (J.D., 1993)
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (Recipient, 1990–1993)
    • Parker School Recognition of Achievement with Honors in International Law
    • Columbia Law Review (Senior Editor)
  • Pomona College (B.A., cum laude, 1986)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Washington D.C.
  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1993

Professional and Civic Activities

  • President, Southern Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association (2012)
  • Volunteer Judge Pro Tem, Pima County Superior Court (2006–present)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Spring 2011
  • Appointed Head Arbitrator, Schwartz v. Dunmire, Fee Dispute Arbitration Program, State Bar of Arizona (2007)
  • Direct Selling Association (Internet Council, Subcommittee responsible for drafting internet guidelines)
  • Arts for All, Inc. (2005–2007; Vice President, 2008)
  • State Bar of Arizona (Member, Intellectual Property Section)
  • Pima County Bar Association (Member)
  • District of Arizona Bar (Member)
  • Honorable Alicemarie Stotler, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Law Clerk, 1993-1994)

Professional Recognition

  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona (2012)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (Information Technology Law and Patent Litigation)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month (April 2012)
  • Listed as Top Lawyer in 2010 Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business
  • Top Pro Bono Attorney Award (Recipient, 2005)
  • Volunteer Lawyer Program Award of Appreciation (Fall 2003)