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Deborah Lynne Pernice-Knefel

Employment and labor Attorney at Orange, CA

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found

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About Deborah

Learn Deborah’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Extensive experience in all facets of labor and employment law. Litigated many union related matters and several jury trials to verdict.

    39 years, 100 cases

  2. Litigation
    Experienced Trial Counsel

    40 years

  3. Land use and zoning
    Litigated land use and zoning matters

    32 years

  4. Car accident
    Extensive experience including several jury trials to verdict

    40 years

  5. Civil rights
    defended and prosecuted civil rights including discrimination and high profile police use of (deadly) force matters successful defense work in numerous jury trials to verdict

    40 years, 100 cases

  6. Constitutional
    Experienced litigator/ government lawyer in this practice area

    32 years

  7. Administrative law

    32 years

  8. Real estate
    Former loan manager for large residential real estate developer. Litigated a published case in real estate foreclosure law.

    40 years

  9. Slip and fall accident
    Defended numerous trip and fall matters including several trials to verdict

    40 years

General Advisory and Trial Counsel with over 25 years experience in Business, Administrative, Government, Tort, Real Estate, Employment, Labor, Constitutional and Civil Rights Litigation and 19 civil jury trials.

Ms. Knefel most recently served as a deputy city attorney for 19 years in a charter city in Orange County, California advising, representing and litigating on behalf of the human resources, building and planning, public works, traffic engineering, utilities, police, fire, community services, parks and recreation departments, as well as the convention center, stadium and city entertainment venues.  Her work at the city involved many high profile trials and the successful defense of the city and its employees, mitigating or eliminating their exposure to millions of dollars in liability.

Before her tenure at the city, Ms. Knefel represented individuals and small businesses in contract and real estate transactions and litigation matters, including employment and discrimination matters.

Ms. Knefel was Assistant Vice President and Mortgage Manager at Kaufman and Broad Homes in Irvine, California before she attended law school.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships:

Supreme Court of the State of California State Bar No. 114189

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central

Orange County Bar Association

St. Thomas More Society of Orange County (Catholic Lawyers)

James P. Gray Inns of Court Barrister

Lex Romana (Italian American Lawyers of Orange County) (Past President

Certified Toastmaster


Law Offices of Deborah Pernice Knefel
333 City Blvd. West.
Suite. 1700
Orange, CA, 92868

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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Quick & Effecient
I hired her back in April for a civil case, in which I was being sued for defamation. The case was dismissed in August. It was a relatively quick case. She advised me on what to do.


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Work Experience

  • President
  • Law offices of Deborah Pernice Knefel
  • 2010 - Present
  • Deputy City Attorney
  • City of Anaheim
  • 1991 - 2010


  • Western State Univ
  • law
  • N/A
  • California St Univ Fullerton
  • undergraduate
  • N/A


  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - Present
  • Legion Lex
  • Barrister
  • 2001 - Present
  • Italian-American Bar Association
  • President
  • 1985 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • St. Catherines Academy
  • Chair (past)
  • 2002 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Administrative law Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Deborah on several matters. She is highly knowledgeable, very articulate, and always well-prepared. Deborah is also very personable and easy to work with. I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This woman has forgotten more about how to handle a civil rights lawsuit than 90% of the lawyers that claim an expertise in this very technical area of the law. I've been a litigatator for 45+ years, with over 2000 trials behind me, and when I get a potential client with a civil rights case, I refer them to Deborah Knefel because I know that they will get the very best advice available. They may be delighted with that advice, they may be disappointed with it, but it will be 100% on the money. And on that topic, she handles these cases quickly, efficiently, and very professionally. She advocates fearlessly but not foolishly. I've never received anything but heartfelt thanks from any potential client that I sent her way."
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