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Deborah focuses on representing creditors in all aspects of secured transactions, receiverships, bankruptcies and workout proceedings.

In particular, Deborah 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 Garvey's Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy practice, Deborah is “lauded for her strong creditor-focused practice and is identified as ‘a very good insolvency lawyer.’”

Professional Activities

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Trustee
    • Business Reorganization Committee, Former Co-Chair
    • Committee to the Commission Studying Changes to Chapter 11
    • Publications Committee
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • Oregon Bar Association, Member
    • Debtor-Creditor Subsection
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
    • Debtor-Creditor Subsection

Community Activities

  • Consumer Education and Training Services (CENTS), Former Board Member
  • Northwest Kidney Centers Foundation, Former Board Member
  • Swedish Medical Center Foundation
    • Former Board Member
    • Former Campaign Planning Committee Member

News & Insights



  • "Are Non-Debtor Releases/Permanent Injunctions Authorized Under the Bankruptcy Code?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
    American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2003
  • "Dot Com Windups Using State Law,” National Business Institute (Monograph)
    National Business Institute (Monograph), 2001
  • "Should an Oversecured Creditor be Entitled to Post-Petition Interest at the Default Rate?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
    American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 1998
  • "To Be Inventory or Not To Be Inventory - That is the Question: Auto Dealerships Bankruptcies Create Confusing Landscape for Secured Creditors,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
    American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, 1997
  • "Dealing with Bankruptcy,” National Business Institute (Monograph)
    National Business Institute (Monograph), 1997


  • Washington, 1992
  • Oregon, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1996


  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law (cum laude), 1992
    • Fredric Cutner Tausend Moot Court Competition, Semifinalist, 1991
    • Order of the Barristers, Member
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts, 1985
  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Laurentian University, 1982

Honors & Recognition

  • Chambers USA (Washington) Leading Individual, Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law, 2012-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2011-present
    • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, 2021
  • Lawdragon 500, 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers, 2022 and 2020
  • Washington Super Lawyers list, 2003-2009, 2012-present
  • 2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers list, 2001
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
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