Practice areas

Education

  • Stanford University (J.D., 2016); Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance, Intellectual Property: Patents; Pro Bono Distinction; Editor-in-Chief, Stanford Journal on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Stanford University (M.S., Management Science & Engineering)
  • Stanford University (B.A., Human Biology)

Clerkships

  • Hon. Raymond T. Chen, U.S. Court of Appeal, Federal Circuit (2018)

Deepa Kannappan is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where her practice encompasses IP litigation, including patent disputes in the life sciences industry. Her current caseload includes a pharmaceutical dispute between Genentech, Inc. and Sanofi S.A. and a medical diagnostic case between Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. and Illumina, Inc.

Ms. Kannappan also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing primarily on immigration law. Ms. Kannappan participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic in law school where she successfully terminated deportation proceedings for her client fleeing domestic abuse and gang threats in El Salvador. At Irell, Ms. Kannappan recently helped obtain asylum for a persecuted LGBTQ Ghanaian immigrant.

Ms. Kannappan earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She received the Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance, Intellectual Property: Patents and Pro Bono Distinction. Ms. Kannappan also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. While in law school, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Patent Troll Practicum.

Ms. Kannappan earned her M.S. in Management Science & Engineering and her B.A. in Human Biology, both from Stanford University. She worked as a Health and Medical Intern at the Center for the Presidency and Congress, and as a Research Assistant at the McClure Decision Neuroscience Lab.

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Bar Admissions

  • 2016, California