Deborah has spent her 25 year career trying cases, arguing in the courtroom, negotiating settlements, taking depositions, and litigating to protect her client’s rights and interests. She has the skills necessary to defend cases from the most sophisticated financial matters to basic contract disputes.
In October 2015 Deborah was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). Deborah was the only lawyer from North or South Carolina to be inducted in 2015 and she was the youngest female lawyer to be inducted in South Carolina at the time.
The ACTL is composed of preeminent members of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is recognized as the leading trial lawyers' organization in both countries. Fellowship is extended by invitation only to practiced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds whose careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Additionally, lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of litigation experience to be considered for Fellowship, and membership cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population in any state or province.
Deborah's litigation skills have also been recognized by inclusion into the South Carolina Super Lawyers (2017- present); Best Lawyers in America (2012- present); America’s Top High Stakes Litigators (2016-present); and Litigation Counsel of America (2018-present).
Deborah represents companies, government entities and individuals in high-stakes matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, complex financial fraud, criminal tax violations, export regulations and criminal and civil forfeiture. Unlike many “litigators” she has a wide range of actual experience trying cases and being in the courtroom. Deborah is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the publisher of Lawyers.com. The AV Peer Review rating is the highest rating a lawyer can receive for legal skill and ethics.