Deborah Sloan's litigation practice is diverse, ranging from lawsuits bringing innovative challenges to internet businesses to trademark and copyright intellectual property disputes. Her cases include large, complex, multidistrict litigation and single party business disputes. Deborah has defended and prosecuted claims in federal and state district and appellate courts, in arbitrations, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Deborah often serves as lead counsel for IBM in Texas, representing the company in contract disputes. She assisted IBM in a construction dispute stemming from Texas A&M's renovations and technology upgrades at Kyle Field. Deborah led the defense of Expedia and other travel websites in individual and class actions brought by tax authorities to retroactively extend local and state hotel taxes traditionally imposed only on hotels to websites facilitating hotel reservations. Other national coordinating counsel engagements include serving on the team coordinating a global retailer's defense of wage/hour class actions and defending tobacco companies in lawsuits brought by state attorneys general. Deborah's single party lawsuits include representing companies of all sizes in breach of contract and tort cases, including class actions.
Deborah's intellectual property experience includes counseling Wendy's on domestic and international trademark disputes, successfully defending Ball Corporation in a 24-day patent licensing dispute (resulting in an award on Ball's counterclaims and the recovery of attorneys' fees), and successfully prosecuting and defending trademark and copyright infringement claims.
Deborah also devotes time to pro bono clients, including assisting an elderly grandmother reclaim title to a family home and helping children secure special immigration status. She serves on the board of The Texas General Counsel Forum, DFW Chapter and the Dallas Chapter of JDRF.
- October 17, 2017
Successfully Interacting with Executives and The Board
- November 18, 2015
Strategic Career Planning Panel
- October 20, 2015
Texas General Counsel Forum: Litigate, Mediate or Arbitrate? Evaluating the Options
- September 2014
Understanding Intellectual Property: Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights and More
- June 2014
Women's Leadership Forum
- December 14, 2011
Affirmative Discovery Strategies
- November 8, 2011
Litigation Breakfast Series Controlling Litigation Costs
- August 12, 2011
Expanding Your Business Over the Internet May Land You in a Web of New Lawsuits
- October 2010
Jones Day MCLE University - Dallas
- March 8, 2006
Jury Selection presented with other Inn of Court members to Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
- January and February 2006
The Auditor/Lawyer Tango: Dancing in the Dark? presented with Robert Estep (Jones Day) and Dave Middendorf (KPMG) to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Dallas and Fort Worth chapters
- Boston University (J.D. cum laude 1990; B.A. magna cum laude 1987)
- Maryland, District of Columbia, Texas, and Pennsylvania
D Magazine "Best Lawyers in Dallas"
Texas Super Lawyers