Sidley partner Deeona R. Gaskin has been named to the 2022 "On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers" list by the American Bar Association (ABA). The annual list honors ABA young lawyer members for their broad range of achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service.
As a partner in Sidley's Food, Drug and Medical Device Compliance and Enforcement group, Deeona handles good clinical practice, current Good Manufacturing Practice, Quality System Regulation, data integrity, product recalls, and adverse event reporting matters on several continents, and also represents companies in False Claims Act enforcement actions and investigations. A thought leader in her field, Deeona frequently publishes and speaks on leading edge topics and emerging compliance and enforcement issues for life sciences companies.
Deeona also devotes significant time and attention to pro bono and community impact efforts. She works with several different nonprofits to represent and advise clients in applications for asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, permanent residence, and work authorization. Since 2016, she has worked with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a leading national organization advocating for the rights of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in the U.S. She also began working with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition in 2017 and currently serves on its Board of Directors which she joined in 2022. She has also worked with the Tahirih Justice Center on an asylum matter.