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Deborah Mackoy

Family Attorney at Frisco, TX

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Mackoy Hernandez Qualls Jones & Woods, LLP, MHQJW, LLP

  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 26 years
    Texas - TX 27 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1997
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1996
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Deborah

Learn Deborah’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family

    28 years

  2. Child custody
    Of the family law cases I handle, a large percentage is modification of a prior order, an out of state order, or establishing orders for a new child. As we do in all our cases, my partners and I often discuss the fact patterns of our cases and use the 35 years plus of experience to formulate the best approach to prosecution of your case. We understand that these cases involve matters of the highest inportance - your children and their futures - and we take it seriously!

    28 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    Of the Family Law cases I handle, a large percentage are Divorce and of those a great many of them are contested on one or all issues. My clients benefit financially and emotionally from my down to earth and practical approach to resolution of their case. My partners and I often discuss facts patterns of our cases so that we have a better and more informed prospective to prosecution of the case. Bringing together over 35 years of experience is a tremendous asset to our clients.

    28 years

  4. Mediation
    Mediation is a process that is confidential in the State of Texas. It allows the parties to a dispute to settle their matters privately instead of in a public court room. It saves client's from the emotional and financial expense of a final trial!

    15 years

  5. Probate
    Our office prepares simple wills and are often sought out to probate those same wills years later. Contrary to popular belief, probate is not a complicated or expensive matter but is a necessary step in winding up a person's affairs.

    28 years

  6. Wills and living wills

    28 years

Our firm dates back to 2004 when the original partners who had worked together at a previous firm went out on their own.  We have been together ever since and have enjoyed growing along with Frisco from its infancy to the full blown mega sports, entertainment, fine dining, excellent school and shopping capital of North Texas that it has become. I have the privilege of working with excellent attorneys and paralegals who all support each other and our clients in delivering the best possible results. 

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Mackoy Hernandez Qualls Jones & Woods, LLP
9300 John Hickman Pkwy.
Suite 701
Frisco, TX, 75035

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Posted by Ryan | June 1, 2010
Best family lawyer practicing in the Denton/Collin County area
I came to Debby with a mound of mistakes through my divorce. She had to undo so many of my mishaps and explained everything in plain English. She let me know all my options, both good and bad, and all she asked of me was to be prepared. The preparation before trial made me feel confident (although horribly nervous and scared) and I was able to answer the cross examanitation without any surprises at all. The trust was earned right away and everything from that point forward was only about winning the case!! The level of trust I have in recommending Debby Mackoy is 100%. I owe so much to her and her entire law firm. They have helped me in so many ways and I cant begin to express my gratitude!!
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Posted by Monica | May 28, 2010
Never gave up!
Debbie was an outstanding atorney. I battled my ex husband for years and she became more than an attorney, she looked out for my best interest. She gave me my life back and there is no price tag for that!


  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Mackoy Hernandez Qualls Jones & Woods, LLP
  • 2004 - Present


  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993


  • State Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • Denton County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2005 - Present
  • Frisco Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2002 - Present
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • 1997 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2017
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2015
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (10)
Endorse Deborah
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Excellent mediator and strong attorney. She is persistent, determined, and hard working! I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am happy to endorse Deborah Mackoy. Ms. Mackoy is an exceptional attorney who is skilled at all phases of litigation. As opposing counsel she advocates strongly for her clients, yet works to find reasonable settlements when possible. She is wonderful asset to the bar and the community she faithfully serves."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked on cases against Deborah Mackoy for over ten years and have always found her to be a very skilled adversary. Although easy to work with, she always places her client's needs at the forefront and will zealously defend their position through settlement or trial."
Family Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Deborah Mackoy for many years. I have worked with her as opposing counsel, and used her services as a mediator. Deborah is extremely competent, aggressive, and not afraid to work extremely hard and invest her resources in her client's cases, for great results!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"She's terrific as an opposing counsel: ethical, upfront, and seeks amicable resolutions that help with the healing process on divorce. Not only is she a great attorney but she's a joy to work."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Debby is an excellent attorney. She is knowledgeable, tenacious, and highly respected in the legal community. I recommend her without hesitation."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked against Deborah Mackoy on Family Law cases and she has always vigorously represented her clients while behaving in a courteous and professional manner. It is always best for the clients when their attorneys can advocate without being adversarial."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Deb's skills as a lawyer without hesitation. Deb is caring, passionate about the law and really takes time to listen to her client's concerns. Deb also has excellent communication skills and is able to see the forest through the trees. I would suggest her to anyone considering using her services."
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