Deborah serves as an impartial investigator for sensitive and complex complaints in the workplace and on campus. She investigates a variety of issues, including workplace harassment, discrimination, fraud and compliance, whistleblower complaints and sexual assault. Her investigations involve individuals at all levels in the organization, including executives, directors, elected officials and members of the public.
Deborah has deep experience partnering with organizations to ensure legal compliance by developing and implementing policies, practices and training, and conducting and managing investigations. Prior to joining Ellis & Makus, Deborah worked in the nationally recognized employment law department of Paul Hastings LLP, where she advised employers in all aspects of employment law. Deborah also worked as in-house counsel for Mattel, Inc., where she served as the Head of its Employment Law Department.
Deborah is a contributing author to the American Bar Association’s publication: Sexual Harassment and Retaliation, A Practical Handbook for Plaintiff and Defense.
Deborah received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego.
Deborah is based in Los Angeles and conducts investigations throughout California.
Associations and Membership
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
Association of Workplace Investigators
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
Menorah Housing Foundation, a non-profit that develops and manages low-income senior housing
AMBITION.org, a non-profit school-based entrepreneurial program for disadvantaged youth