Debra H. Dermody

Debra H. Dermody

Partner

Education

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1982, J.D., with highest honors, Order of the Coif
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1977, B.S., with highest honors, Natural Resource Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Debra is the former co-chair of Reed Smith’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group. She began her practice at Reed Smith in 1987, following completion of her federal appellate clerkship.  Debra has focused her civil litigation practice in the area of antitrust.  Her litigation and counseling experience include principal responsibility for matters before federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as before federal and state antitrust enforcement authorities.

Chosen "Lawyer of the Year" for Antitrust Litigation in 2014 and 2016 by Best Lawyers in America and ranked in Chambers USA 2015 in the area of "Antitrust-Pennsylvania," Debra has a client base including major financial institutions, investment advisors and primary manufacturing industries, such as steel, pharmaceuticals and industrial safety products.  She also frequently advises health insurers, hospitals and medical device manufacturers.

Although Debra's practice includes complex litigation involving wide-ranging claims, her particular focus is the representation of clients in competition and antitrust matters, including complex class actions. She represents clients facing investigation by the Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission and state Attorneys General, including international cartel investigations. Debra also counsels clients on pricing, sales and distribution issues. She frequently assists clients in the preparation and implementation of compliance policies and related training. Debra also provides antitrust advice to companies undergoing mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, including federal and state regulatory proceedings.

Employment History

  • 1987 - Reed Smith
    • Debra has served as firmwide Practice Group Leader of the Antitrust Group, the firm's Hiring Partner, the treasurer of the firm's Political Action Committee, member of the partnership candidate evaluation committee and chair of the Summer Associate program. She is a founding member of the firmwide initiative to support the professional development of its women lawyers

Clerkships

  • Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • Honorable David W. Craig, Commonwealth Court - Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

  • Debra was named as one of the Lawyers of the Year 2017 in the area of Antitrust Law.
  • Debra was selected to the 2015 & 2016 Chambers USA Antitrust – Pennsylvania list. Chambers rankings are issued by Chambers and Partners. A description of the selection methodology can be found at chambersandpartners.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Debra was selected to the 2007-2016 Best Lawyers in America list in the areas of Antitrust Law and Litigation–Antitrust Chambers. Debra was also named a Pittsburgh "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation-Antitrust in 2014 and 2016. The Best Lawyers in America list is issued by Best Lawyers. A description of the selection methodology can be found at bestlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Debra was selected as a "Top Rated Lawyer in International Law & International Trade". The Top Rated Lawyers list is issued by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media. A description of the selection methodology can be found at martindale.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Debra was selected to the 2012-2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. The Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. Debra was also included in Super Lawyers Business Edition in the area of Antitrust Litigation.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Debra was selected to the 2012-2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. The Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. Debra was also included in Super Lawyers Business Edition in the area of Antitrust Litigation. A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Debra was rated AV Preeminent®. The AV Preeminent® list is issued by Martindale-Hubbell. A description of the selection methodology can be found at martindale.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association – Vice Chair, Antitrust Section’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee; Vice Chair, Insurance Committee; Editor, Antitrust Law Developments, Annual Update
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Health Lawyers Association
  • International Women's Competition Network
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women – Member, Steering Committee

Interests

Debra is a long-time resident of Oakmont. She and her husband, Frank, have two children.

Civic and Charitable Affiliations

  • American Heart Association – Member, Go Red for Women Luncheon Committee
  • Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council – Advisory Council
  • KidsVoice – Pennsylvania Board Member
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – Trustee
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – Board Member