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Deborah Ann Hughes

About Me

When in need of a bankruptcy attorney in Harrisburg, PA you can trust that Deborah A. Hughes, of Serratelli, Schiffman, & Brown P.C., is qualified. Along with the Harrisburg area, she also serves as counsel for residents and businesses of Hershey, Carlisle, Camp Hill and Central Pennsylvania. Deborah is a
Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney.
Ms. Hughes is senior counsel at Serratelli, Schiffman, & Brown P.C., and the head of the Bankruptcy Group at the firm. She serves as legal counsel for both debtors and creditors. She was the first woman in Pennsylvania to receive the ABC board certification as a consumer bankruptcy specialist in the inaugural 1992 class. She was honored in the 1998 Class of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business. She is past Director of the Bankruptcy Section of the Dauphin County Bar Association and was in charge of the Section Newsletter published quarterly. She is a member of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Section on Corporation, Banking and Business Law of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the American Bankruptcy Institute, NACBA and Counsel of Certified Bankruptcy Specialists.


Practice Areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 100%
    36 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Laurie A. Saltzgiver

    I endorse this lawyer. I have consulted with Deb on various bankruptcy issues. She is extremely knowledgeable about bankruptcy issues and the law, and provides sound legal advice. I highly recommend her as a bankruptcy lawyer.


    Laurie Saltzgiver Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    Deb is the consummate professional and, from what I've seen in my experience as a general practitioner, one of the region's preeminent authorities on bankruptcy law and procedure. In my dealings with Deb I've always found her to be very collegial, open to providing advice, and willing to go "above and beyond the call" to support her client's interests.


    James Proctor
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Serratelli, Schiffman & Brown, PC

2080 Linglestown Rd Ste 201
Serratelli Schiffman & Brown Pc
Harrisburg, PA, 17110-9670



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Local Legal LeadersHarrisburg Magazine2015
Top Lawyers in PennsylvaniaThe Legal Network2014
PA Super Lawyer BankruptySuper Lawyers Magazine2014
AV Preeminent Women Lawyers ( 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top100 Lawyers representng PAThe Top 100 Magazine2013
1998 Class of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in BusinessPa Business Journal1998
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior Counsel representing debtors and creditorsSerratelli, Schiffman, & Brown P.C.2014 - Present
Sole ProprietorDeborah A Hughes Esq1982 - 2014
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Middle District Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1998 - Present
American Bankruptcy Board of CertificationBoard Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist1992 - Present
Zonta International-Harrisburg-Hershey ChapterPresident1988 - 1990
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationBankruptcy Committee,on Corporation Banking and Business Law1980 - Present
Historic Harrisburg AssociationMember1980 - Present
Dauphin County Bar AssociationDirector1979 - 1986
Dauphin County Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Chapter 11 sucessful planSuccessful Confirmation of the Plan in 2014
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Publication NameTitleDate
The Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIRSocial Security Overpayment and Senior Citizens2015
Harrisburg Commercial Real Estate ReportChapter 11 Business Bankruptcy, A Nuts and Bolts Look at the Reorganization Process2013
Patriot NewsBankrupt Steel Mill Owes School Taxes2001
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)Discharging Personal Income Taxes in Bankruptcy1997
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)Current Exemption Issues Regarding Pensions/IRAs1997
PBIFraudulent Transfers in PA1995
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Dickinson School of Law.LawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Dickinson CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Shalom House Life Enrichment ClassesCredit issues for single mothers2014
Pa Law Examiners CLEBankruptcy and PA Law Examiners2013
Counsel of Certified Bankruptcy SpecialistsConsumer Bankruptcy2010
American Bar InstituteConsumer Bankruptcy2010
West Shore CPA's CLEBAPCPA for Accountants2009
Mechanicsburg CLEIntersection of Divorce and Bankruptcy2007
WITF-TVConsumer Bankruptcy Issues2003
CLE Mechanicsburg PANuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy2003
WITF-TVTake Note Live: Consumer Debt - TV/Radio Simulcast2002
7th Annual Bankruptcy SeminarCase Law Updates2002
The Individual in BankrutpcyLearning Bankruptcy Practice2001
PEITOAC Association - Gettysburg, PATax Collectors and Bankruptcy Intersection2001
Dauphin County Bar AssociationUpdates in Bankruptcy2001
Chapter 11 BankruptcyChapter 11 Bankruptcy-A Primer2000
3rd Annual Bankruptcy UpdateBankruptcy Case Review1998
2nd Annual Bankruptcy UpdateBankruptcy Updates1997
Dauphin County Bar AssociationNew Issues in Divorce and Bankruptcy1996
WITF-TV, Harrisburg PABankruptcy Reform 19941995
Dauphin County Bar AssociationDivorce and Bankruptcy1995
CLE Meeting Philadelphia and SatelliteBankruptcy Reform 19951995
Lewisburg, PA - meetingDebtor/Creditor Issues1994
Committee Meeting- PittsburghPA Insolvency Task force1994
CLE - Dauphin County Bar AssociationSignificant Bankruptcy Updates1994
Annual Business Open HouseHarrisburg Business and Bankruptcy Issues1994
Annual MeetingAccountants and Bankruptcy Intersect1993
20th Annual PA Legal PracticeConsumer Bankruptcy Issues1993
WGCB-TV, Red Lion, PAImpact of Bankruptcy on Central Pennsylvania1992
Pennsylvania Legal PracticeConsumer Bankruptcy Issues1992
Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh CLEThe Individual in Bankruptcy: The Chapter 131992
Conference of the Domestic Relations Assoc. of PABankruptcy and Divorce1992