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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


  1. Mediation: 40%
    12 years, 250 cases
  2. Divorce: 40%
    24 years, 400 cases
  3. Prenuptials: 20%
    24 years, 400 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Adrienne Jill Orbach

    I endorse this lawyer. I have had several legal /matrimonial matters with Deborah Wayne over the last 10 years. Deborah has my upmost respect. She is knowledgeable, thoughtful and deliberate in her representation of her clients. She has acted as mediator on cases that I have served as review attorneys for or has been my collaborative counter-part on drafting and negotiating pre-nuptial agreements to full collaborative practice divorces.


    Adrienne Orbach Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • 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

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
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 ProfessionalsBoard 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 ArtsN/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