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Deborah Lynne Greene

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Deborah was born in 1963, in DeLand, Florida. Deborah has also lived in Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Virginia; Alabama; and Tallahassee, Florida. Deborah's family has lived in Jacksonville, and the Northeast Florida area since before the civil war.  Deborah is married to her law partner, Steven P. Combs and they have two children.


Deborah graduated from Wolfson High School in Jacksonville in 1981, after which she attended her first year of college at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where she was a Montgomery Scholar and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Academic Honor Society. After graduating with a degree in Studio Art from Florida State University in 1985, Deborah worked in advertising and as a graphic artist until she began attending law school in 1988.  In 1991, Deborah received her Juris Doctor, with high honors, from the Florida State University College of Law (graduating in the top 10% of her class).  


While obtaining her education (from high school all the way through law school), Deborah always worked, including waiting tables at the famous Beach Road Chicken Dinners in Jacksonville, Florida, teaching piano lessons, working as a secretary, and playing the piano in the piano bar at the Tallahassee Hilton Hotel.   


Deborah grew up as a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) when it was still downtown and she participated (as a youth board member) in the historic debate and vote which ultimately led to its relocation to Mandarin, where it is still located.  Deborah was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lived between attending college and law school.  Deborah was also a member of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where she served on the Board and Diaconate and as an adult Sunday School teacher.  Deborah and Steve were on the Board of Central Christian Church when it merged with Eastside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (a predominantly African American congregation), and when its name was changed to Springfield Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Deborah has also been a youth sponsor, youth Sunday School teacher, church camp counselor, and the pianist for Sunday services.  Deborah and her husband, Steve, are currently members and serve as Deacons at Riverside Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Jacksonville, Florida.  


Deborah still enjoys playing the piano and composing music (both the melodies and lyrics), and she also enjoys interior decorating.  She has not only decorated her own home, but she also helps her friends decorate their homes, as well.  Deborah and her husband, and law partner, Steven, also enjoy reading books together, attending movies together, and traveling (both at home and abroad).



Practice areas


  1. Family: 80%
    24 years
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    24 years
  3. Appeals: 5%
    24 years
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 5%
    24 years



Hourly ($350-425/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • La'Rae Holling Hendrix

    I endorse this lawyer. Deborah is a well respected attorney in the legal community, and clearly a formidable opponent in the court room. However, her appellate work is truly second to none. Deborah is always my go to attorney if a case needs to be taken to the next level.


    La'Rae Hendrix Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Lisa Coplan-Gardner

    Deborah is a highly experienced attorney. I often call her for her advise on my own cases as I value her legal opinion in the utmost regard.


    Lisa Coplan-Gardner Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


FLMember in Good Standing199206/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The 2013 Bar Register of Preeminent AttorneysMartinedale-Hubbell2013
Client's Choice - FamilyAVVO2013
The 2012 Bar Register of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2012
Client's Choice - FamilyAVVO2012
Top Lawyers in JacksonvilleJacksonville Magazine's 9042012
Legal Eagles - Top River City LawyersJacksonville Magazine's 9042011
5th Anniversary - AV Rated for 5 years 2004 - 2009Martindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Book Award - Civil Rights SurveyFlorida State University College of Law1990
Book Award - Law & GroupsFlorida State University College of Law1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member/ShareholderCombs Greene f/k/a Smith Greene & Combs2004 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorFlorida Coastal School of Law2003 - 2004
Member/ShareholderBarlett Heekin Smith Greene & Malin2000 - 2004
Member/ShareholderCombs & Greene, P.A.1998 - 2000
AssociateTromberg & Safer1996 - 1998
AssociateKirschner, Main, Graham, Tanner & Demont1992 - 1996
AssociateBoyer, Tanzler & Boyer1991 - 1992
InternFlorida Supreme Court1991 - 1991
Certified Legal InternJacksonville Area Legal Aid1990 - 1990
InternFlorida House of Representatives1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration CommitteeMember2009 - Present
American Inn of Court - Florida Family Law Inn of CourtMaster of the Inn2002 - Present
Jacksonville Women's Lawyer's AssociationMember2000 - Present
Jacksonville Bar AssociationMembers - Previously Served on Professionalism CommitteeN/A
The Florida Bar Local Grievance Committee "C"Chair2008 - 2008
The Florida Bar Local Grievance Committee "C"Vice-Chair2007 - 2007
The Florida Bar Local Grievance Committee "C"Member2006 - 2008
Jacksonville Women's Lawyer's AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
The Women's Law Symposium - Florida State UniversityPresident1990 - 1991
Phi Alpha Delta - Florida State UniversityVice-Justice1990 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Adoption of Baby James Doe, 572 So.2d 986 (Fla.1st DCA 1990)Appeal was won for the client.
General Commercial Packaging, Inc. v. T.P.S. Package Engineering, Inc., 126 F.3d 1131 (9th Cir. 1997)Appeal was won for the client.
Lahodik v. Lahodik, 969 So.2d 533 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)The appeal was won for the client.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJuris Doctor - With HIgh Honors - Top 10% of Class1991
Florida State UniversityStudio ArtOther - Bachelors1985
Lynchburg College1981 - 1982 Montgomery Academic Scholar - GPA 3.6N/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Family Law Inn of Court - American Inns of CourtDiscovery and Depositions2009
Jacksonville Women Lawyers ASsociationInvestiture Presentation to Judge Dan Wilensky2007
The Women's Law Students AssociationMember of Panel for Panel Discussion2006
Mandarin Newcomers ClubJudicial Races2006
Jacksonville Women Lawyers AssociationInvestiture Presentation to Judge Kevin Blazs2006
Jacksonville Women Lawyers AssociationPresenter of Woman Lawyers of the Year Award to Judge Eleni Derke2006
Jacksonville Women Lawyers AssociationModerator - Judicial Candidate Forum2006
Jacksonville Women Lawyers AssociationModerator - Annual Judicial Panel2006
The Women's Law Students Association Florida Coastal School of LawMember of Panel for Panel Discussion Regarding Women and the Law2005
Jacksonville Women Lawyers AssociationInvestiture Presenttion to Judge Angela Cox2005
Jacksonville Women Lawyers ASsociationInvestiture Presentation to Judge Mallory D. Cooper2005
The Women's Law Students Association Florida Coastal School of LawMember of Panel for Panel Discussion Regarding Practicing Law2004
Rotary International - Baker County, Florida ChapterSpeaker2004
Florida Family Law Inn of Court - American Inns of CourtProgram Creator/Participant Regarding Family Law Issues2004
Florida Family Law Inn of Court - American Inns of CourtEvidence Tips and Tricks2003
Jacksonville Bar AssociationPracticing With Professionalism2000
Jacksonville Bar AssociationPracticing with Professionalism1999