Deborah A. Crabbe

Deborah A. Crabbe

Deborah is a member of the Real Estate, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy and Financial Institutions practices. Deborah focuses on representing creditors in all aspects of secured transactions, receiverships, bankruptcies and workout proceedings. In particular, she has substantial experience representing lenders, leasing companies, trade creditors, trustees and receivers.

Deborah was recently singled out by the highly regarded Chambers USA legal directory, which annually interviews firm clients. In addition to a top-ranking of Foster Pepper's Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy practice, Deborah is “lauded for her strong creditor-focused practice and is identified as ‘a very good insolvency lawyer.’”

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American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Trustee
  • Committee to the Commission Studying Changes to Chapter 11, Member
  • Publications Committee, Member
  • Business Reorganization Committee, Former Co-Chair

Washington State Bar Association

  • Member
  • Debtor-Creditor Subsection, Member

Oregon Bar Association

  • Member
  • Debtor-Creditor Subsection, Member

King County Bar Association

CENTS, Former Board Member

Northwest Kidney Centers, Foundation Board, Member

Swedish Medical Center Foundation

  • Campaign Planning Committee
  • Board Member


Are Non-Debtor Releases/Permanent Injunctions Authorized Under the Bankruptcy Code?

Author, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2003

Dot Com Windups Using State Law

Author, National Business Institute (Monograph), 2001

Should an Oversecured Creditor be Entitled to Post-Petition Interest at the Default Rate?

Author, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 1998.

Dealing with Bankruptcy

Author, National Business Institute (Monograph), 1997

To Be Inventory or Not To Be Inventory - That is the Question: Auto Dealerships Bankruptcies Create Confusing Landscape for Secured Creditors

Author, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, 1997

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ABI/NCBJ Conference Roundtables

Speaker, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, October 2014

Distinctions With Differences: Guarantors, Co-Borrowers, Accommodation Parties; and When to Use Cross-Collateralization Clauses and Cross-Default Clauses

Panelist, Risk Management Association Puget Sound Chapter Spring Seminar, May 2012

2012 Utility Payment Collections

Speaker, Washington Public Treasurer's Association 25th Annual Conference, April 2012

2008 Utility Payment Collections and Liens

Speaker, Washington Public Treasurers Association, April 2007

Presentations related to Creditors' Rights law:

Panel Discussion on Bankruptcy Trends

Washington State Federal Bar Program, December 2005

Right Without a Remedy?: Individual and Small Business chapter 11 Under the New Code

Speaker, ABI Winter Leadership Conference, December 2005

Bankruptcy Issues

Speaker, Washington Collection Law, Including an Update on Bankruptcy Reform, Lorman Educational Services, July 2005

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"Lauded for her strong creditor-focused practice and is identified as 'a very good insolvency lawyer.'" - Chambers USA

Real EstateCommercial & Real Estate Finance (Chair)Creditors' Rights & BankruptcyFinancial Institutions


Tel: 206.447.5325Fax: 206.749.2009


The Best Lawyers in America©

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2011-present

Chambers USA Leading Individual, Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law, 2012-2019

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2003-2009, 2012-2019

2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine

Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers list, 2001

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

Seattle University

  • Semifinalist; Fredric Cutner Tausend Moot Court Competition, 1991
  • Member, Order of the Barristers


J.D., Seattle University School of Law (cum laude) 1992

M.S., University of Massachusetts, 1985

Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Laurentian University, 1982

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1992

Oregon, 2004

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Washington, 1993
  • Western District of Washington, 1992
  • District of Oregon, 2005

9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 1996


Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2001-Present

  • Executive Committee Member, 2019-Present

Betts Patterson & Mines, P.S., Member, 1992-2001

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