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Deborah practices in the corporate and labor and employment departments of the firm concentrating in the area of employee benefits and labor and employment compliance matters, for over 30 years.

  • She has extensive experience in all aspects of employee benefits–advising employers in the design, implementation, administration and compliance issues associated with retirement plans, cafeteria plans, and health and welfare benefit plans such as health, life and disability benefits.
  • Deborah also advises clients with respect to nonqualified deferred compensation and executive compensation arrangements, including equity-based (stock) compensation arrangements.
  • She has also worked extensively on transactions related to stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, addressing all areas associated with the transition of employees and benefits.
  • Deborah has been involved and addressed issues related to employees and benefits in bankruptcy and reorganization situations.
  • Deborah’s knowledge in these areas make her uniquely qualified to advise clients in areas related to labor and employment issues, including employment agreements, consulting agreements, independent contractor arrangements, severance arrangements and compliance with all aspects of labor and employment laws.

Other Info About Deborah


Law School

University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1985

Undergraduate School

University of Kentucky, B.S., 1982, with highest distinction
Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Memberships

Deborah is licensed to practice in the following state(s):



Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 1995-2019; Lexington Employee Benefits (ERISA) “Lawyer of the Year,” 2016

AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Fayette County Bar Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Leadership Lexington Program, Class of 1992

Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Employees Retirement Systems, Appointed by Governor Fletcher

Lexington Dream Factory, Board of Directors, Board of Governance, Finance Committee

Rotary Club of Lexington

Board of Directors of Lexington Rotary Club Endowment

President, Lexington Rotary Club Endowment

Picnic with the Pops Commission, Vice Chair and Treasurer

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