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Deborah Ebel, with 37 years of litigation experience, focuses on all aspects of family law, including divorce, alimony, property division, custody, child support and custody modification, child support and alimony modification, prenuptials, post-nuptials, legitimation, paternity, family violence, child sexual abuse, adoption, and Guardian ad Litem work, which often involves her performing as a quasi-mediator. She handles divorces either through traditional litigation in court, including mediation and late case evaluation, or using the more economic and children oriented collaborative law model. She helped found the Guardian Ad Litem Program in Fulton County, having assisted The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation in developing the program. She received the S. Phillip Heiner Award in 1991; was awarded the Guardian of the Year Award in 2000; the AVLF award for best family lawyer in 2008; the American Civil Liberties Union Bill of Rights Award in 1986; as well as the 2005 Ann Liechty Child Custody Award from the American Bar Association, given to one lawyer nationally each year. In 2005, 2006, and 2007, she was named in Atlanta magazine on the Georgia Super Lawyers list of the top 50 women lawyers in Georgia. She has been selected to the Georgia Super Lawyers list for 2004-2009, to the Georgia Trend's Legal Elite from 2003 to present, and to the 2006 edition of James Magazine as one of Georgia’s Most Influential Legal Leaders. She has been interviewed on 60 Minutes and on The Layman's Lawyer television programs. Ms. Ebel is also a Life Fellow with the Lawyer's Foundation of Georgia, a Master in the Bleckley Inn of Court, a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and on the Advisory Board for the Emory Public Interest Committee which Committee raises money to provide grants, and to select grantees, at Emory Law School for summer legal internships.
Prior to starting her own private law practice, Deborah worked exclusively in the area of family law for the past 22 years as a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge. Her first 5 years at McKenna were spent handling complex business torts and contract disputes, shareholder derivative actions, defamation lawsuits, and condemnation work. The first 10 years of her legal career were spent at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, representing clients in complex class action lawsuits, generally on constitutional grounds, in the areas of immigration, unlawful detention, public school access, Social Security benefits administration, and fair housing. She also represented individuals in landlord/tenant disputes, consumer lending disputes, Social Security and other public benefit appeals, such as unemployment.
All in all, Deborah has a vast range of experience in every type of civil litigation, which, she believes, sets her apart from the typical family lawyer, by giving her advanced skills in civil procedure in a variety of courts, in research, in creative thinking and approaches to cases, in all areas of written communication, and in negotiation strategy, all in an environment of integrity, ethics, and professionalism.
• Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2009
Admitted: 1975, Georgia
Professional Webpage: www.ebelfamilylaw.com/profile.html
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