Debra was the recipient of the Utah State Bar’s Mentor of the Year Award (2014) and LDA’s Jimi Mitsunaga Award (2017). The Mitsunaga Award is based on three criteria: outstanding legal achievement, dedication to the cause of providing high-quality defense for all clients, and loyalty to the mission of LDA. The award is given to those attorneys “who have demonstrated these standards of excellence and a commitment to LDA’s mission of providing excellent legal representation.” Debra has also been named among the “Utah Legal Elite” by Utah Business Magazine as well as a Rising Star in the Mountain States Super Lawyers.
Debra received her Juris Doctor from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2001, where she was a Staff Member for the University of Utah Law Review. During law school, she was a law clerk in LDA’s Appellate Division and a legal intern for the Honorable Lee Dever of the Third District Court. Following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Pamela T. Greenwood of the Utah Court of Appeals.