DEBORAH “DEB” WAKEFIELD, was admitted to the Texas bar in 1990 and the Georgia Bar in 2004. She received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a B.A. in English (1978) and a B.S. in Business Management (1981). Deborah received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California in 1990 where she graduated in the top 15% of her class.
While in law school, Deborah served as a staff member on the Southwestern Law Review and participated in the Moot Court Honors Program where she was named 2nd Place Oralist at the National Administrative Law Competition (1989). Deborah was also recognized as a Southwestern Dean’s Scholar 1988-89.
In her third year of law school, she served as a Law Clerk Intern to Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, the Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeals.
After law school, Deborah worked as Briefing Attorney to United States Magistrate Judge Alex H. McGlinchey in the Northern District of Texas Fort Worth Division where she was sworn in by United States District Judge Eldon Mahon. Later she served as Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Atlanta’s Labor and Employment Litigation Section and as Labor and Employment Staff Attorney and Employee Relations Manager for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities which manages Georgia’s six state psychiatric hospitals with approximately 6000 employees. Deborah has also managed her private practice consulting with small businesses and non-profits on human resources and labor & employment compliance issues.
Deborah is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and the Fifth and the Eleventh United States Courts of Appeal.
PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE: Cost-Saving Measures for Municipal Law Departments, The Municipal Lawyer, Spring 2005.
CLE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE: The Nuts and Bolts of Municipal Government Law, Sponsored by Fulton County Attorneys’ Office, February, 2006.
PUBLISHED PUBLISHED CASES OF NOTE: Edwards v. Fulton County, opinion on summary judgment (No. 1:07-CV-03052-JOF) (N.D. Ga. March 11, 2011); Edwards v. Fulton County, interlocutory appeal non-argument calendar (No. 09-13591) (11th Cir. January 29, 2010)) (lead appellate and trial counsel); Smith v. Angel Food Ministries, Slip Copy, 2009 WL 262453 (M.D.Ga.) and Slip Copy, 2008 WL 5115037 (M.D. Ga.); Edwards v. Fulton County, 2008 WL 4816695 (N.D. Ga. Oct 30, 2008) (lead counsel); Williams v. City of Atlanta, — S.E.2d —-, 2007 WL 35241 (Ga. Jan 08, 2007) (lead trial counsel); Jordan v. City of Atlanta — S.E.2d —-, 2007 WL 121557 (Ga. App. Jan 19, 2007)(lead trial counsel); CAMP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. v. City of Atlanta, 451 F.3d 1257 (11th Cir. Jun 13, 2006) (lead appellate counsel) (wrote motion to dismiss on appeal and appeared for the City at oral argument); Springer v. City of Atlanta, Georgia, 2006 WL 2246188 (N.D. Ga. Aug 04, 2006) (lead trial counsel); Green v. Pennington, 2006 WL 1553999 (N.D. Ga. May 30, 2006) (lead trial counsel).