Deborah Weiss joined Matt Cohen & Associates in 2013. Debby brings tenacity, diverse and high-level litigation skills, and the knowledge and compassion of a parent of a special needs child, to the clients of Matt Cohen & Associates.
Debby is from Los Angeles, California and attended U.C.L.A., graduating in 1989. Debby graduated from Chicago-Kent Law School with Honors in 1993 and is currently licensed to practice law in Georgia, California and Illinois.
For many years, Debby practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, primarily in the areas of civil rights, civil and criminal defense litigation, including appellate work. As a criminal defense attorney, Debby’s cases ranged from traffic offenses and driving under the influence all the way to capital offenses. As a defense attorney, Debby advocated for the rights of her clients in the criminal justice system as well as provided assistance navigating through the corresponding maze of social services and supports. In this role, Debby also provided comfort and acted as a support system to her clients and their families.
In 2003, Debby took a leave of absence from the full time practice of law to assist her own special needs child through the maze of private therapies and IEP meetings, including the filing of state complaints to obtain compliance with federal law by school districts and home schooling her son for three years. For several years, Debby volunteered providing pro bono assistance in a mom’s group on special education and expulsion cases. In Winter 2012, through this pro bono work, Debby took the 40-hour mediation course given by Margaret S. Powers, adding mediation to her skill set.
Outside of work, Debby has previously been involved in the Atlanta Jewish Federation, Epstein School, School District 35 and Evanston Community Defender’s Office pro bono. Currently, Debby serves on New Trier Township’s Money Follows the Person Committee, which provides funding for community-based services for township residents. In her personal time, Debby spends time with her husband, two children and dogs.