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Deborah represents management in the areas of employment discrimination and wrongful discharge. She has successfully represented companies defending against class and collective actions alleging employment discrimination, including class actions under the FMLA and collective actions under the EPA.

Her practice is devoted not only to defending companies in litigation but also to developing litigation-prevention strategies through advice and counsel and in-house training programs. She is included in the Best Lawyers in America®, and Chambers USA® (2006) describes her as having a “great presence in front of a jury.”

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Legal Work Highlights 

Highlander v. KFC, 805 F.2d 644 (6th Cir. 1986)

Black v. Zaring Homes, 104 F.3d 822 (6th Cir. 1997)

Niswander v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company, 529 F.3d 714 (6th Cir. 2008)

Gambill, et al. v. Duke Energy Corporation, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 1563 (6th Cir.)

Lentz v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company, et al., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72354

Al-Khadra v. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Case No. A0909199 (Hamilton Co. June 9, 2011) (judgment entry on defense verdict following four-week trial)


Law School

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1982

Graduate School

Harvard University, M.A., 1979, Degree in Classics

Undergraduate School

University of Cincinnati, B.A., 1977
Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Membership

Deborah is licensed to practice in the following states:

Ohio, 1982

Kentucky, 1983


Local & National Recognition

AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

The Best Lawyers in America® (35th year), 2019

The Best Lawyers in America® Cincinnati Litigation – Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2014

The Best Lawyers in America® Cincinnati Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2015

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2004-2019 (Top 50 in Cincinnati, Top 100 in Ohio, Top 25 Women in Cincinnati, Top 50 Women in Ohio)

Chambers USA, Labor and Employment, 2008-2018

BTI Client Service All-Stars, BTI Consulting Group, 2012

Inclusion in National Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers®

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Cincinnati Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Ohio State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Ohio Management Lawyers Association

Major Publications

Deborah is an author of the following publications:

October 4, 2013 – Proving and Disproving Selected Theories of Liability

June 5, 2013 – Retaliation: A Bad Idea

April 22, 2011 – Retaliation: The Claim That Keeps on Giving

February 8, 2011 – Silence or Waiver:  What’s the Best Strategy for Employers with Arbitration Agreements to Avoid Class Actions?

April 16, 2010 – Internal Investigations:  Preserving Privileges and Protecting Against Compelled Self-Disclosure

October 2010 – Hostile Work Environments

October 2009 – Pregnancy Discrimination – Recent Developments

September 2007 – Sexual Harassment – Current Developments in the Law

September 2006 – Jury Dynamics of an EEO Case:  Winning is Everything – A Defense Perspective

October 2004 – Harassment in the Modern Workplace

October 2001 – Discovery Issues in Employment Litigation

December 2000 – Law and Politics – The Impact on Employment Rulings

Firm Committees

Deborah Serves on the following committees at Frost Brown Todd:

Advancement Committee, Chair

Executive Committee, former Member

Compensation Committee, former Member

Diversity and Inclusion Committee, former Co-Chair