• Valedictorian, Lincoln Law School of Sacramento

  • If something is worth doing, do it with all your heart

  • Country music fan, at home in the barn

Deborah understands how stressful family law issues are. She strives to minimize the disruption and strife associated with family law issues, but can also be tough when necessary. Her approach is tailored to each client’s unique situation and the client’s goals. She believes in custom, not cookie cutter solutions.

Deborah offers a variety of limited-scope options as well as full representation to address family issues including divorce, spousal support, child custody and child support, parentage, adoptions and guardianships. She has handled domestic violence issues, in criminal as well as family court, and DUIs and other misdemeanors.

Deborah has extensive experience as an investigator, as well. At the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, she investigated hundreds of complaints of employment and housing discrimination. At DFEH, she settled numerous cases and also referred cases to the Legal Department, where they were successfully litigated.

Before becoming a lawyer, Deborah worked as a reporter, editor, and manager at small-town newspapers in Montana and California, and at the San Francisco Chronicle and other big city newspapers. Her experiences honed her ability to investigate and evaluate situations thoroughly under deadline pressure, and to relate well with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Deborah’s love affair with El Dorado County dates back to 1998, when she began riding horses at a training barn in the town of El Dorado. She lives in the greater Placerville area, and, in her spare time, can usually be found riding her horse or playing with dogs.



  • Divorce, Separation and Parentage Issues

  • Asset Division

  • Spousal and Child Support

  • Child Custody

  • Adoptions and Guardianships of Minors

  • Bankruptcy

  • Criminal



  • California 2010



  • J.D., Cum Laude, Lincoln Law School of Sacramento

  • B.A., Journalism, Magna Cum Laude, Annenberg School of Communications and Theater at Temple University


  • California Lawyer’s Association, Family Law Section