Ruthanne M. Deutsch’s practice focuses on appellate law and federal practice and procedure.

Practice & Background

Ms. Deutsch is an experienced litigator with a broad background in commercial and civil litigation. Ms. Deutsch has also handled matters involving constitutional claims, administrative challenges, international law, consumer protection, competition and intellectual property.

From January 2010 to May 2012, Ms. Deutsch served as an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission, principally in the Office of General Counsel, Litigation Division, where she briefed and argued federal appeals. Prior to joining the Federal Trade Commission, Ms. Deutsch worked in the appellate practice group of an AmLaw 100 firm. Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Deutsch worked as an economist in the field of international development.

Ms. Deutsch served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court, and also to the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

Representative Matters

Ms. Deutsch’s engagements include:

  • Lincoln Chaffee v. United States (representing the governor of Rhode Island before the U.S. Supreme Court in challenging a decision by the First Circuit Court of Appeals denying the governor’s right to disapprove a prisoner transfer request under the Interstate Agreement on Detainers Act)
  • Fisher v. University of Texas (representing the Minority Media Telecommunications Council and former commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission before the U.S. Supreme Court in submitting an amicus brief in support of the constitutionality of the University of Texas’s affirmative action program).

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Second Annual SCOTUS “Term in Review” Lunch and CLE Program of the Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter:  June 23, 2013
  • Panelist, Supreme Court Term Highlights, Federal Circuit Bench and Bar Conference, June 20, 2013
  • Presentation to the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age on Fisher v. University of Texas, April 25, 2013