As an experienced attorney and economic developer with a passion for taking on new challenges and making a meaningful contribution to the community, Deborah has spent her career serving the people of Missouri. As Senior Vice President, Business Recruitment & General Counsel for Missouri Partnership, Deborah works with companies from around the world on multi-million-dollar business investment projects to bring new jobs to the state. Deborah’s efforts have helped the state land new operations in the areas of professional services, advanced manufacturing, research and development, agriculture technology, and health innovation, including successful projects with Boeing, Accenture Federal Services, Cushman & Wakefield US, and USDA, as well as the creation of initial United States headquarters locations for multiple international companies. Deborah is also responsible for managing a broad array of legal matters for the organization.
Prior to her current position, Deborah spent many years as a litigator prosecuting complex civil and criminal consumer fraud cases. She drew on that experience while teaching as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law. She then spent four years working in the Office of Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon where she led the Governor’s team to identify, recommend and appoint Missouri citizens to positions of public trust.
Deborah currently serves as the President of the Women Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis, as well as the Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and Vice Chair of the Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents (HSSU). Since 2017, she has also served as a special public defender representing criminal defendants pro bono. In 2017, she was recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. Deborah is a 2011 recipient of the Missouri Lawyer’s Media’s Women’s Justice Award in the category of Public Service Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in history from Washington University and a Juris Doctor from the Saint Louis University School of Law.
You can connect with Deborah at 314.932.3974 or via the contact form or LinkedIn below.