Deana K. El-Mallawany


Deana El-Mallawany focuses her practice on complex commercial and securities litigation matters. She represents clients in a variety of industries, including media, technology, financial services, energy and manufacturing. Her recent work includes representing commercial banks in federal court actions seeking a refund of disallowed foreign tax credits, defending a large technology company against business tort claims, defending a media company against defamation claims, and defending a national car manufacturer in dealer arbitration proceedings. Deana also has been active in pro bono matters concerning First Amendment issues and civil rights.

Prior to joining the firm, Deana served as a law clerk to Judge Jon Newman in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. During law school, Deana was editor-in-chief for the Fordham Law Review, competed as a finalist and won brief awards in two moot court competitions, and was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law & Ethics. She interned at Federal Defenders of New York, the Legal Aid Society of New York, and the Capital Appeals Project in New Orleans.


  • Santander Holdings USA, Inc. v. United States (D. Mass.), Salem Financial Inc. v. United States (Fed. Cl.) — Currently representing commercial banks in two complex tax refund lawsuits concerning foreign tax credits in connection with a structured financing
  • Kuriakose v. Freddie Mac, — F. Supp. 2d —, 2012 WL 4364344 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) — Secured dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action lawsuit against Freddie Mac
  • MillerCoors LLC v. Chesbay Distributing Co., No. 2:12-CV-00530 (E.D. Va. 2012) — Obtained victory for Reyes Holdings L.L.C. in beer franchise dispute with MillerCoors
  • Duga v. Globe Newspaper Co., No. 2010-3393-E (Mass. Super. Ct. 2011) — Secured dismissal of defamation claims against the Globe based on the fair report privilege
  • In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico (MDL No. 2179) — Secured dismissal of state law and maritime claims against non-operating investor Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in multidistrict litigation and continued representation in related appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • General Motors LLC — Successfully defended General Motors LLC in six dealer arbitration proceedings under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. No. 111-117, 123 Stat. 3034 (2009), two of which proceeded to hearing: Robert Buick, Inc. and General Motors LLC, AAA Case No. 12 532 00037 10 (award for GM issued June 22, 2010) and Stagg Chevrolet, Inc. and General Motors LLC, AAA Case No. 11 532 00169 10 (award for GM issued July 1, 2010)
  • Fisher v. University of Texas, No. 11-345 (S. Ct. 2012) — Filed amicus brief for Boston Bar Association and other amici in support of the University of Texas and the constitutionality of its admissions program under the Equal Protection Clause
  • Doe v. Reed, 561 U.S. — (2010) — Filed amicus brief for Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and Susan Wagner in support of prevailing party in appeal from order enjoining disclosure pursuant to Washington state’s Public Records Act of names of signatories to a referendum petition



  • Boston Bar Association
  • Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. Jon O. Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. Robert P. Patterson, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Editor-in-Chief, Fordham Law Review, Vol. 75
  • Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar

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