Deborah is a partner in Taft’s Employment & Labor Relations and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice groups.

Deborah specializes in employee benefits and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) matters, including the preparation, modification, and termination of tax-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements, welfare and cafeteria plans, employment agreements, and severance agreements. She regularly advises on health care matters, COBRA, and HIPAA issues, qualified/eligible domestic relation orders (QDRO), and accomplishes plan compliance work before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor.

Her clients include public, private, and tax-exempt employers and businesses of every type, from new to well-established, restructuring to insolvent. Deborah also provides strategic advice regarding employee benefits issues that arise during mergers and acquisitions and counsels Michigan non-profit corporations.


  • Honoree, DBusiness Top Lawyer (2012 – 2014)

All Service Areas


  • Wayne State University Law School
  • George Washington University

    MBA in Finance and Investment

  • McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

    Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate

  • Frostburg State University



  • State - Michigan

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan


  • American Bar Association


  • Oakland County Bar Association


  • City of Troy Personnel Board


Community Involvement

  • Child Safe Michigan

    Executive Committee Member

  • Michigan Women Forward

    Finance Committee Member

  • St. Thomas More Chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society