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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 Pepper'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 Board, Member
  • Swedish Medical Center Foundation
    • Board Member
    • Campaign Planning Committee

News & Insights

News & Insights

Publications

  • "Are Non-Debtor Releases/Permanent Injunctions Authorized Under the Bankruptcy Code?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2003
  • "Dot Com Windups Using State Law,” National Business Institute (Monograph), 2001
  • "Should an Oversecured Creditor be Entitled to Post-Petition Interest at the Default Rate?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 1998.
  • "Dealing with Bankruptcy,” 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,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, 1997

Presentations

  • ABI/NCBJ Conference Roundtables, 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,” Risk Management Association Puget Sound Chapter Spring Seminar, May 2012
  • "2012 Utility Payment Collections,” Washington Public Treasurer's Association 25th Annual Conference, April 2012
  • "2008 Utility Payment Collections and Liens,” 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,” ABI Winter Leadership Conference, December 2005
    • “Bankruptcy Issues,” Washington Collection Law, Including an Update on Bankruptcy Reform, Lorman Educational Services, July 2005

Admissions

  • 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

Education

  • 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, 2012-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2011-present
  • 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
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