Deborah may have attended classes at Parliament in the House of Commons in London, but don’t worry – she won’t show up in a powdered wig – she’s an American lawyer. However, she did meet her husband in London and is an avid world traveler. Any fears of visiting foreign countries were quelled when she worked with the international sales force of Silicon Graphics, Inc. They taught her how to avoid insulting people in numerous languages (she might even tell you her name in Japanese.)
As a family law attorney, Deborah derives a great deal of satisfaction from helping clients resolve conflict. She’s an eternal optimist who has a talent for showing clients in the throes of an emotional separation or divorce that resolution is indeed possible. She offers clients range of option from litigation to out-of-court settlement approaches for resolving difficult separation and divorce disputes.
Deborah has helped hundreds of families overcome their differences and move forward to become successful co-parents. Much of her insight comes from her training as a Certified Family Financial and Superior Court Mediator. She learned the ins and outs of resolving cases in the courtroom as well as in the conference room.
Deborah’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from San Jose State University (with Distinction, mind you) was really about studying conflict resolution. So, when it comes to helping people settle their differences, Deborah knows her stuff. She even currently serves as a private mediator and facilitator for the NC State Board of Education’s Department of Public Instruction, mediating and facilitating disputes between school districts and parents of children with special needs. Phew!
She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Golden Gate University School of Law and is admitted to the North Carolina State Bar. Prior to her law career, Deborah interned with the U.S. Department of Labor in San Francisco and has a history of public service, which includes serving on non-profit boards of directors for child advocacy organizations.
In her spare time (what spare time?), Deborah volunteers for Cornucopia House, Cancer Support Center in Chapel Hill, and she loves to relax with her husband and two children.
|San Jose State University||Speech Communication||BA- Bachelor of Arts|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Law||JD- Juris Doctor|
|Certification Title||Granting Organization|
|Family Financial & Superior Court Mediator||NC Dispute Resolution Commission|
|Committee Member||International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||2012 & 2013|
|Founding Member||Solutions for Separating Better||2011-present|
|Private Mediator||Department of Public Instruction||2004-present|
|Member||International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||2003-present|
|Board Member||Carrboro, NC Dispute Settlement Center||2016-present|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution and Ethics||UNC Law School – Family Law Practical Workshops||2014|
|Introduction to Collaborative Family Law||UNC Law School – Family Law Practical Workshops||2013|
|Communication Tips for Having Difficult Conversations||International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||2013|
|Mediation Ethics & Collaborative Divorce||Orange County Dispute Settlement Center||2013|
|Bridging the Gap||International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||2006|