Deborah represents businesses at all stages of their growth with raising capital, structuring ownership, leadership and governance, acquisition and sale, and the many other needs and goals of company life.

From formation through sale, Deborah assists founders and owners in structuring and funding companies in a manner that best accomplishes their goals. She helps them determine the correct entity and assists them in raising the right capital, whether through equity or debt financing, for example, SEED, Series A and later stage preferred stock financings, SAFEs and convertible notes.

Deborah represents companies in sale, merger and acquisition transactions, both strategic and private equity, through drafting agreements, preparing and reviewing term sheets, proposals and non-disclosure agreements (NDA), and diligence of the targets.

Deborah served as a vice chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA). She was the co-chair of the Task Force for Supplier Policies on Labor Trafficking, which resulted in a set of Supplier Policies adopted by the ABA and circulated to the Fortune 500 companies. Prior to her career in law, Deborah was a director of an international anti-trafficking non-profit organization.



  • Represented client in $65 million purchase of a mechanical company
  • Represented communications company in the $70 million sale of business
  • Represented founders in the sale of their film company
  • Represented healthcare company in a $12 million Series A financing
  • Represented company in the food industry in a $13 million Series B financing
  • Represented an investor in SEED financing of an early-stage medical company
  • Represented medical company in $23 million SEED and Series preferred financings
  • Represented medical company in $40 million raise
  • Represented investor in $8 million investment in media company
  • Represented clients in approximately 85 sale and acquisition transactions, ranging in value from $450,000 to $600 million
  • Seconded to private equity firm as in-house counsel



  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2014, magna cum laude
  • University College Dublin, Ireland, D.C.L., 2005, with honors


  • Minnesota, 2014


  • Intern, Chief Judge Matthew Johnson, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2012

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Vice-Chair, 2019-2022
  • American Bar Association, Co-Chair of Task Force for Supplier Policies on Labor Trafficking, 2013-present
  • WATCH, Board Member 2016-2019
  • University of St Thomas School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Corporate Governance, 2018
  • Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee’s Anti-Trafficking Committee, 2017-2018
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Drafting Committee for the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation, 2013-2015

News & Insights

Publications & Presentations

Guest, “Sustainability—A Corporate Initiative,” To the Extent That Podcast, April 23, 2021

Panelist, What is SASB and Why Should You Care?, National Association of Corporate Directors, May 8, 2018

Moderator, In Our Backyard: The Super Bowl and Sex Trafficking, Minnesota State Bar Association and Fredrikson & Byron Program, November 8, 2017

Presenter, Organizing a Mission-Driven Business, Minnesota CLE, August 24, 2017

Co-Author, “Business Sustainability,” American Bar Association’s Director’s Handbook, 2017

Author, “Please Welcome the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation,” University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2014

Presenter, Understanding and Using Minnesota’s New Public Benefit Corporation Act, Minnesota CLE, August 28, 2014

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