- Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, (B.S.B.A.)
- Babson College FW Olin Graduate School of Business, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctor (J.D.)
- Georgetown University Law Center, Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.)
Prior to forming DangerLaw
- Prior to forming DangerLaw, LLC, Deborah co-founded a multi-state law practice with another attorney…the youngest woman in the history of New Hampshire to be sworn into that state’s bar. Now, at DangerLaw, Deborah’s practice is contained within Massachusetts and her primary focus is asset protection within the realms of Estate Tax Planning and Divorce.
- Within the field of Estate Planning, Deborah concentrates on Wills, Trusts, Gifting, Closely-Held Business Succession Planning, and the Preservation of Family Assets and Vacation Homes. Deborah’s practice also includes protecting people whose capacity and capabilities are decreasing. She does this through family mediation, guardianship and conservatorship. Deborah also pursues the enforcement of the wishes of those who have passed away with probate litigation and family mediation.
- Within the field of Divorce, Deborah concentrates on Asset Division, Alimony, Child Support, and enforcing existing separation agreements and court orders. Deborah is a trained as a mediator, and in Collaborative Law. Deborah is equally comfortable undertaking settlement based cases and those that are best argued in front of a judge. In all cases, she is thoughtful and strategic.
- Deborah has traveled to China, Russia, The Netherlands, Curaçao, Chile, Argentina, Canada, England, Wales, Germany and Belgium to study cross-cultural impacts on entrepreneurship. These experiences help her to look at things less conventionally and to break down obstacles that prevent clever things from getting done. The more unconventional the problem or proposal, the more eager she is to dissect and identify solutions to it.
- Before practicing law, Deborah leveraged her interest in entrepreneurship to develop an expertise in tax advantaged real estate development. She advised real estate developers, banks, investors and city and town governments in structuring the development and management of low income housing. Deborah also studied tax law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. with the authors of many of the very tax laws, policies and regulations that she now considers when preparing Estate Plans and Divorce Settlement agreements.
- Deborah wants you to know that she is a tax attorney who focuses on maximizing the benefits her clients can enjoy from their hard won assets. She also wants you to know she has a sense of humor. She discounts her fee by 5% for any and all clients who make her laugh…and that’s not hard to do.
Outside of DangerLaw:
- Deborah likes trying new things. She has taken surfing lessons, attempted to learn Mandarin, ridden her bike from Boston to Provincetown in the PanMass Challenge and her latest passion is Ball Room Dancing, particularly East Coast Swing and Rhumba.. Despite these adventures, she prefers walking her dog, hanging with friends and watching detective shows on TV.
- If Deborah wasn’t a lawyer, she would… organize closets. “No neglected nook would neutralize my notion that nearly every napkin and knee sock navigates more easily in neighborly neatness than nefarious neglect” says Deborah. “I follow the same steps to clean my house as I do to navigate a successful legal transaction. Each needs time to identify the chores, thought to organize the tasks into an efficient and effective order and finally, effort to execute the plan, usually with input from those who are impacted by the outcome. In between, occasional tidying is required to prevent total chaos from taking over. It takes a bit of work, but helping clients keep their legal affairs clean, tidy, up to date and effective almost smells lemony fresh, and I find that rewarding.”
Admitted to Practice
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- District of Columbia (Inactive)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Tax Court