Deborah practices in the areas of environmental, real estate, and land use law, with a focus on assisting clients to understand, manage, and limit environmental risks associated with property and business transactions. Deborah represents a diverse array of clients through environmental aspects of purchasing or selling real estate or businesses that have significant environmental liabilities, including navigating investigation and remedial obligations under the Connecticut Transfer Act. She guides clients through remediation and redevelopment of brownfield and environmentally sensitive properties, including negotiating environment use restrictions for contaminated properties with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and regularly advises regarding environmental permitting and compliance issues.
Deborah is an active participant in the State’s ongoing efforts to revamp Connecticut’s environmental regulatory framework, and served on one of the CT DEEP subcommittees formed to assist the State with its development of a new release-based cleanup program, which will ultimately replace the Transfer Act and drastically change environmental compliance obligations in the State.
Deborah has cultivated close relationships with the regulatory and consultant community that enable her to efficiently assist clients with environmental matters. She applies her years of experience, including a background at a prominent public interest environmental advocacy organization, to provide clients with pragmatic, cost-effective, and creative solutions to environmental issues.
Deborah is also experienced in representing developers, institutions, and property owners in a wide range of real estate and commercial transactions, and land use matters.
Connecticut Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Executive Committee, 2021-2022
Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP), Board Member
Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut (EPOC)
Fairfield County Bar Association
Norwalk Leadership Institute Program, 2020
NYC Environmental Law Leadership Institute, 2009
Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch – Environmental Law and Real Estate Law, 2024
40 Under Forty, Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals, 2022
New Leaders in Law, Connecticut Legal Awards, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2021
Phi Beta Kappa
Connecticut Super Lawyers® – Real Estate, 2017