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Debbie grew up in the East Lake community of Palm Harbor.  After attending local public schools for her secondary education, Debbie graduated from St. Petersburg College with her Associate in Arts Degree.  From there, she attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida on a Presidential Scholarship.

At 19, Debbie graduated from Stetson cum laude and earned the distinction of being Stetson's youngest graduate since its founding in 1883.   

After graduating, Debbie worked full-time as assistant to the CEO of a local 400+ employee company. She was responsible for locating international investment properties for company expansion, organizing and participating in team-building and morale development meetings for key employees, and providing customer service to corporate clients. She worked closely with management to streamline activities, increase productivity, and effectuate change in the office atmosphere to promote employee development and growth. Through her experience Debbie became intimately familiar with the challenges and demands of running a small business including accounts receivable, accounts payable, mail solutions, invoicing, responding to customer demands, morale boosting, budgeting, and file & client management.  


Early in her career, Debbie became interested in law. She attended Cornell Law School - one of the five Ivy League law schools - and became the first person in her family to obtain a graduate-level education.  While at Cornell, Debbie served as an Associate Editor for the Legal Information Institute's liiBulletin, an online subscription service comprised of articles discussing current and pending Supreme Court cases.  Debbie was also elevated to Moot Court Board.

Upon graduating, Debbie accepted an appellate clerkship with the Court of Appeals of Virginia.  After spending a few years working closely with two appellate judges, Debbie returned home to Florida and became an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit, serving Pasco and Pinellas counties.  There, she investigated and prosecuted various crimes including sexual battery, DUI, assault, domestic violence, battery, and robbery. She litigated several cases to jury verdict and settled over a thousand more prior to trial.

In 2012, Debbie returned to school and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis.  In the Taxation program, Debbie focused her coursework on sophisticated personal estate and tax planning.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Contact info

The Faulkner Firm, P.A.

3106 Palm Harbor Blvd.
Suite B
Palm Harbor, FL, 34683

Practice areas


  1. Business: 25%
  2. Trusts: 25%
  3. Tax Fraud: 20%
  4. Wills: 20%
  5. Prenuptials: 10%



Hourly ($200-325/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Cristin Jenise Silliman

    I endorse this lawyer. Debbie is very knowledgeable, experienced and professional.


    Cristin Silliman Wills and living wills Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew J. Mongelluzzi

    Debbie brings some much needed energy and ambition to the Trusts and Estates practice. Very intelligent and knowledgeable in the area of Wealth Preservation and Estate Planning. Highly recommended.


    Andrew Mongelluzzi Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


MOGood Standing, Active201201/08/2013
FLMember in Good Standing201106/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Up and Comer AwardTampa Bay Business Journal2013
Merit ScholarWashington University in St. Louis2012
Scholarship RecipientCornell Law School2006
Youngest Known GraduateStetson University2005
Presidential ScholarshipStetson University2003
Presidential Service Award for Community ServiceWhite House2003
Everyday Hero AwardBay News 92001
HOBY Award for LeadershipHugh O'Brien Youth Leadership2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Faulkner Firm, P.A.2013 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney, Sixth Judicial Circuit2011 - 2012
Law ClerkVirginia Court Of Appeals2009 - 2011
Legal InternU.S. Attorney's Office2009 - 2009
Legal InternU.S. Air Force Jag Corps2008 - 2008
Law ClerkU.S. District Court Middle District Florida2008 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar Membership and Inclusion CommitteeMember2015 - Present
Florida Bar Real Property Structures and Taxation CommitteeBoard Member2015 - Present
American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Palm Harbor/Tarpon SpringsChairman2015 - Present
Ruth Eckard Hall Planned Giving CouncilBoard Member2014 - Present
East Lake Library Foundation BoardChairman2014 - Present
Bank of America Advisory GroupAdvisor2014 - Present
Gulf Coast Legal FoundationVolunteer Attorney2013 - Present
Charles Schwab Select Investor Advisory GroupInvestor Advisor2013 - Present
Clearwater Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Morton Plant Mease Planned Giving Advisory CouncilAttorney Member2013 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember2013 - Present
Missouri BarMember2012 - Present
Florida BarMember2011 - Present
United States Parachute AssociationB-licensed Skydiver2011 - Present
Virginia State BarAssociate Member2009 - Present
Clearwater Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionChair, Oyster Roast Committee2014 - 2014
Hispanic/Latino Law Students' AssociationPast Treasurer2007 - 2007
Cornell Law School Moot Court BoardMember2007 - 2009
Lawyers in MENSAMember2006 - 2009
Ms. JDAssociate Member2006 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Insurance company incorporationGreat
Medical billing company IncorporationGreat
Irrevocable trustGreat
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawTaxLL.M - Master of Laws2013
Cornell Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Stetson UniversityPolitical ScienceB.A.2005
American University, Washington College of LawPublic LawSemester in Washington2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Synovus Team TrainingHot Topics in Estate and Tax Planning: Titling Accounts2013
Criminal Law Society's Job PanelSeeking and Obtaining Summer Employment2013
Questions in the CourtyardAppellate Clerkships2012
Tampa Bay Computer SocietySkip Tracing2008