Deborah Nixon

Deborah L. Nixon


Washington, DC

Deborah is an accomplished litigator and tenacious trial advocate, whose trial skills were developed and honed in Philadelphia, PA.


A legal tactician on multiple fronts, Deborah gained her “no fear” attitude while serving the public as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of  Philadelphia. Deborah soon gained recognition for her courtroom flair and acumen, and was promoted to vertically prosecute homicide and sex crimes cases. Deborah handled these matters with compassion and integrity for two decades, and was regularly called upon to participate in the hiring and training of new prosecutors, the judging of mock trial competitions from area law schools, and mentoring of law students.


In 2013 Deborah was appointed by the District Attorney to lead an Elder Justice task force which involved the participation of multiple city-wide stakeholders. The goal of the task force was to increase awareness and penalties for elder abuse and financial exploitation of older adults. Deborah worked in concert with banking institutions, elder care resource organizations,  and police investigators, to detect and deter financial crime and elder abuse. Always a pioneer for fairness and equity in the law, Deborah also advocated for an alternative sentencing structure before the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission and Philadelphia City Council.


Deborah also worked with multiple national organizations educating teens on the dangers of being stopped by the police, offering pragmatic solutions and sponsoring dialogue with police, parents and police officials.


Following her tenure at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Deborah joined Fellheimer & Eichen LLP (“F&E), a boutique law firm in Center City Philadelphia and more recently Freedman & Lorry, PC. While at F&E, she utilized her extensive trial experience (2000+trials) and commenced the firm’s first criminal practice group. This practice group experienced great success, and was responsible for bringing mitigating facts to the attention of the Commonwealth resulting in the dismissal of charges altogether for some defendants, acquittal, and for others a more just resolution of the case.


Deborah also expanded the scope of her practice to include civil rights, and  employment law and litigation.


Deborah is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Her undergraduate studies were conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. There she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Deborah is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,  and recently submitted her request for bar licensure in the District of Columbia. (Presently she will be supervised by Elaine Fitch Esq.)

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