Deborah L. Cairns

Senior Paralegal


Debbie Cairns supports intellectual property attorneys, focusing on case management, discovery and trial preparation for intellectual property litigation matters. She also supports inter partes review and other post-grant proceedings.
Debbie’s experience includes litigation in both federal and state courts; patent, trademark and copyright disputes; product liability matters; and support on numerous patent appeals. She has worked on cases involving medical devices, software, internet technology, consumer electronics, mechanical devices and other technologies.

Past Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Drinker, Debbie gained experience in pre-trial investigation and discovery, document review, case management, motion practice and trial preparation.



Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
B.S. in Criminal Justice (2003)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indiana Paralegal Association


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015-16
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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