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Deborah Hope Wayne

Deborah Hope Wayne

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Mediation, Marriage & Prenuptials

About Me

Deborah Hope Wayne is a collaborative attorney and mediator who dedicates her professional life to helping people resolve conflict without court intervention.  She sits on the Board of Directors of the New York State Council for Divorce Mediation and is a founding member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators.  She is also a former member of the Board of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals.  


Ms. Wayne co-developed one of the first law school programs on Collaborative Practice in the United States and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Law at Pace University School of Law where she has taught for the past 7 years.  


Deborah attended Bostom University where she received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude, the University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France, and earned her law degree from Pace University School of Law.  She is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.  


Ms. Wayne is an experienced mediator and works as a non-coercive, impartial facilitator to help clients resolve disputes and negotiate agreement as an alternative to litigation.  Her training in conflict resolution includes the following areas: prenuptial agreements, special education; parent-teen; and LGBTQ advocacy.


Deborah is fluent in French and Spanish.


Deborah has offices in Purchase, New York and in New York City.  More information about Deborah can be found on her website:






Languages Spoken: Spanish, French

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Mediation: 40%
    11 years, 250 cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    23 years, 400 cases
  3. Marriage & Prenuptials: 20%
    23 years, 400 cases


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Margaretha Louisa Gravett

    I can wholeheartedly endorse Deborah. She is passionate about guiding her clients through the divorce process with their dignity intact. Deborah is an experienced mediator and a leader in the collaborative field. She is an extremely smart attorney with excellent interpersonal skills.


    Margaretha Gravett Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. Deborah Wayne is an experienced and capable attorney as well as a person of outstanding character. I regularly participate with her in peer group discussions about divorce law, mediation techniques, drafting agreements and how best to serve separating and divorcing couples. I have the highest regard for her extensive substantive knowledge of the law as well as her experience and practical skill in assisting her clients achieve their specific goals. She and I belong to the same professional organizations and I can say unreservedly that she practices to the highest of ethical standards in our field.


    Kathy Seiden Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Deborah Hope Wayne, Esq.

3000 Westchester Ave, #101
Purchase, NY, 10577

Deborah Hope Wayne, Esq.

230 Park Ave, 10th Floor
New York,, NY, 10169




NYCurrently registered 199203/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of Proficiency in FrenchUnited NationsN/A
Certificate of Recognition for Pro Bono Domestic Violence PanelNew York State Ninth Judicial DistrictN/A
Certification for Custody and VisitationCluster Community ServicesN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerDeborah Hope Wayne, P.C.2015 - Present
OwnerDeborah Hope Wayne, Esq.2010 - 2015
Adjunct ProfessorPace University School of Law2008 - 2015


Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Council for Divorce MediationBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsFounding Member2013 - Present
New York Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember, Board of Directors2008 - 2014
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2004 - Present
Westchester Women's Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pace University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Boston UniversityFrench Language and LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts cum laudeN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
APFM Annual Conference- CLE eventFear, Revenge & Anger: The Delicate Balance of Mediating Prenups & Postnups2014
New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, CLE eventBasic Collaborative Practice Training2012
Collaborative Practice Training NYS OFfice of Court Administration, CLE eventKey Moments in a Collaborative Case: First Contacts with the Client and the Team2012
New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, CLE eventCollaborative Practice Multi-Disciplinary Training2011
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Annual Forum, CLE eventLegal Education and Collaborative Practice2011
Collaborative Practice Training New Rochelle Bar Association, CLE eventCollaborative Practice: The What and the How2011
New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, CLE eventProtecting the Family in Divorce: Protecting Family Finances of Families in Transition2010
New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, CLE eventNeutrality and the Financial Professional Advanced Training2010
The LoftGet In Or Get Out: Protecting Yourself in Relationships2009
Pace University School of LawThe Basics of Collaborative Family Law2009
New York State Bar AssociationReaching Out, Protecting Family Finances of Families in Transition, Multi-Disciplinary Symposium on Collaborative Practice2009
Domestic Violence and Collaborative Practice, CLE eventDomestic Violence and Collaborative Practice: the Complexity of Power in Relationships2009
St. John's University, CLE eventCollaborative Practice2007
Pace University School of Law, CLE eventBasic Matrimonial Practice2007
Institute for Senior ActionConflict Resolution2007