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Deborah is an associate in the Entertainment and Media Group. She focuses her practice on advertising, government investigations, and antitrust class action litigation. Deborah focuses her practice on advertising and marketing. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Deborah’s practice focused on federal and state government investigations and litigations and antitrust class actions. While in law school, Deborah was an intern at the United States Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee. Prior to law school, Deborah was a creditors’ right paralegal. Deborah graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where she was the Writing and Research Editor for the Fordham International Law Journal and a member of the Fordham Moot Court. She holds a B.A. in History from New York University where she graduated cum laude.


  • Fordham University School of Law, 2018, J.D., Fordham Law Moot Court; Fordham International Law Journal Writing and Research Editor; merit scholarship
  • New York University, 2013, B.A., cum laude; Dean’s list 2011-2012

  • New York

  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York